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Author Ray Bradbury gets star on Walk of Fame

The Associated Press
Saturday April 06, 2002

LOS ANGELES — Ray Bradbury, author of “The Martian Chronicles” and other science fiction classics, received a star Monday on the Hollywood Walk of Fame as the city kicked off a monthlong reading campaign. 

Bradbury, 81, has been a Los Angeles resident since he was a teen-ager.  

He sold newspapers on local street corners while developing his writing career. 

“I received so much inspiration from the city that it is a wonderful feeling to be a permanent part of my home town,” Bradbury said at the ceremony, where he received the 2,193rd star on the Walk of Fame. 

The event marked the beginning of the “One Book, One City L.A.” program. 

In order to boost readership and city pride, residents will be encouraged to read the same book: Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451,” an anti-censorship saga about a futuristic firefighter whose job is to burn books. 

“By reading great literary works like Ray Bradbury’s we can foster dialogue among our city’s diverse groups,” Mayor James Hahn said.