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Listen to the Echoes

The Ray Bradbury Interviews

Sam Weller

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Stop Smiling Books, Chicago / Melville House Publishing, Brooklyn
Color, 320 pages + 16 page art insert

Description

Ray Bradbury, the poetic and visionary author of such classics as Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles and The Illustrated Man, is one of the most influential writers of the 20th century. From Mikhail Gorbachev to Alfred Hitchcock to David Bowie, Bradbury’s sway on contemporary culture is towering. Acclaimed biographer and Bradbury scholar Sam Weller has spent more than a decade interviewing the author; the fascinating conversations that emerge cast a high-definition portrait of a creative genius and futurist who longs for yesterday. Listen to the Echoes: The Ray Bradbury Interviews is the definitive collection of interviews with an American icon.

Reviews

“Bradbury's ferocious love of life comes roaring out of Listen to the Echoes, compiled by Chicago author Sam Weller, who follows up on his superb 2005 biography of Bradbury with this surprising, inspiring book. Did I call it a book? Listen to the Echoes is not a book. It's a shout of joy. It's a crack of thunder. It's a talisman. A magic key. A moon rock. A road map. A compass. A ladder to the stars.”
— Julia Keller, Chicago Tribune

“As important a book in its own way as François Truffaut’s Hitchcock.”
Austin Chronicle

“Weller…organized the interviews into sections such as ‘Childhood,’ ‘Hollywood,’ ‘Faith,’ ‘Politics,’ and ‘Sexuality.’ He offers an insightful introduction to each. (Another diehard fan, Black Francis of the Pixies, penned the forward). Overall, this is a book that brims over with inspiration and imagination found in the words of a 90-year-old man who's never lost his passion.”
Chicago Sun-Times

“The book is impressively packed with illuminating details about the rise of such an iconic writer’s career. Casual admirer or super-fan, in Listen to the Echoes Ray Bradbury’s remarkable spirit will break your heart at least once.”
Nylon

“Weller is the quintessential interviewer who asks probing questions, then gets out of the way so that readers will have the feeling that Bradbury is talking to them. Bradbury comes across as honest, opinionated, passionate, and childlike. This book will please ardent Bradbury fans and those just looking into his work. Recommended.”
Library Journal

“Sam Weller has brought fine salient existential quandaries of Life As We Know It—far more than just writerly queries—to one of the last and most vital Oracles that not only still walks among us, but who has never stopped Thinking Big and Wise and Portentously. Listen to these echoes closely, absolutely. You will grow on account of it.”
— Bill Zehme, author of Lost in the Funhouse: The Life and Mind of Andy Kaufman

“Highbrow / Approved” in New York magazine's “Approval Matrix”

Praise for the Bradbury Chronicles

“For Bradbury fans, The Bradbury Chronicles is essential… [A]n engaging, often fascinating tale.”
New York Times Book Review

“[I]f The Bradbury Chronicles is exhaustive, it is never exhausting, and each anecdote adds light and color to the portrait [Weller] has painted of a writer of real accomplishment.”
Los Angeles Times

About the Author

Sam Weller is the author of The Bradbury Chronicles: The Life of Ray Bradbury. He has lectured across the United States on the life and work of Bradbury. Weller is the former Midwest Correspondent for Publishers Weekly magazine. He has written for The Paris Review and NPR’s All Things Considered, and was a host for the Chicago Public Radio program Hello Beautiful! A frequent literary critic for the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times and Playboy.com, Weller is also a professor in the Fiction Writing Department at Columbia College Chicago.

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