The Rockford Public Library and Tinker Swiss Cottage have teamed up to bring author, Jonathan R. Eller, to Rockford on Friday.
Eller is the author of Becoming Ray Bradbury, which is the authoritative biography of Ray Bradbury’s early years. The biography explores Bradbury’s childhood and his years in fiction, film, television, radio and theater. Eller measures the impact of the authors, artists, illustrators and filmmakers who inspired Bradbury throughout his first three decades.
Eller is also the Chancellor’s Professor of English and Director of the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies at Indiana University School of Liberal Arts, IUPUI.
Eller’s biography of Bradbury follows Bradbury’s development from reader to maturing author, making a living writing for genre pulps and mainstream magazines. Eller explores the sources of Bradbury’s growing interest in the human mind, the human condition, and the ambiguities of life and death. These themes became increasingly apparently in his early fiction. Eller also traces the sources of Bradbury’s decisions following the success of The Martian Chronicles and The Illustrated Man to voice political statements in his fiction.
Eller’s will make two appearances in town Friday. The first will be at the Montague Branch of the Rockford Public Library, located at 1238 S. Winnebago St., at 4 p.m. The second appearance will be at Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum, 411 Kent St., at 7 p.m.