The focus of the next four episodes of the new American Writers Museum ( AWM ) podcast will be on science fiction writing in honor of Ray Bradbury, who will be featured in a 2021 exhibit, and his 100th birthday will be observed with free admission on Saturday, August 22.
The American Writers Museum ( AWM ) welcomed visitors back one month ago with new safety measures including providing gloves and styluses to promote safe interaction with museum exhibits. On Saturday, August 22, the AWM will open its doors for free to mark the Centennial of Ray Bradbury’s birth, giving visitors a chance to get an up-close look at Bradbury’s typewriter that is on display in the Tools of the Trade exhibit and learn more about the upcoming exhibit Ray Bradbury: Inextinguishable, set to open in early 2021.
Donations will be encouraged on the free admission day to benefit the museum’s charity partners, Brown Books & Paintbrushes and Storycatchers Theatre. $1 (one-dollar) of every ticket purchase in August will be donated to these two youth arts organizations. The AWM partnered with two literacy organizations, Young, Black & Lit and Bernie’s Book Bank in July and will donate $200 (two-hundred dollars) to each from its reopening month ticket sales.
In celebration of Bradbury, the AWM will also air in August on its newly launched podcast four conversations with contemporary science fiction and fantasy writers. Each weekly episode of the podcast features one of the AWM’s past live programs and covers a range of topics including process, writing influences, and the life of a writer. J. Michael Straczynski, author of Becoming Superman headlines the August 10 episode. On the August 17 episode, Annalee Newitz, author of The Future of Another Timeline, is joined by journalist Dan Sinker. Hugo-Award winner John Scalzi, author of The Consuming Fire, is featured on the August 24 episode. Isabel Ibanez, author of Woven in Moonlight, closes out the month on the August 31 episode.
To promote social distancing, all AWM programs will continue to be held live online. For more information and to register for a free virtual program, visit AmericanWritersMuseum.org/calendar/.