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Name:  Sam Weller  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1967 in Lake Forest, Illinois

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Weller was born in Lake Forest, Illinois and currently resides in Chicago. He graduated from Columbia College Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Weller is a teacher, journalist and author, best known as Ray Bradbury's official biographer. In 2005 he wrote the book ''The Bradbury Chronicles: The Life of Ray Bradbury''. Weller also lectures frequently on the life and works of Ray Bradbury.He has also recently partnered with colleague Mort Castle to assemble a group of literary giants to pay tribute to Ray Bradbury with an anthology ''Shadow Show: All-New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury''. Among the Illinois authors participating in the anthology are Jay Bonansinga, Audrey Niffenegger, John McNally, Julie Keller and Joe Meno.Weller is the former Midwest Correspondent for ''Publisher's Weekly'', former staff writer for the alternative weekly Newcity, a regular contributor to the ''Chicago Tribune Magazine'', a regular literary critic for the ''Chicago Tribune'', ''Chicago Sun-Times'', and the now defunct ''Punk Planet'' magazine. He is also a contributing writer for the Chicago Public Radio program 848, and his work has appeared on the National Public Radio program ''All Things Considered''. He is also a contributor to In addition to freelance writing, Weller is also a full time faculty member of the Fiction Department at Columbia College Chicago.

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Selected Titles At Your Library

Listen to the echoes :
ISBN: 1935554034. OCLC Number: 620153501

Melville House ;. .

Collects the author's interviews with Ray Bradbury, as Bradbury reveals his opinions, musings, and personal stories, also includes a script of an unpublished interview done by the "Paris Review."

Listen to the echoes :
ISBN: 9780996744799. OCLC Number: 955313485

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Acclaimed biographer and Bradbury scholar Sam Weller spent more than a decade interviewing Ray Bradbury, who admitted, 'Sam Weller knows more about my life than I do.' Revealed in Weller and Bradbury's conversations, collected in Listen to the Echoes: The Ray Bradbury Interviews, is a vivid portrait of the author. A creative genius, an opinionated and occasionally contrarian thinker, 'and a nostalgic futurist,' Bradbury longed for yesterday even as he looked toward tomorrow. During the process of conducting research for the book, noted Los Angeles photographer Zen Sekizawa photographed Bradbury's home and decades of his accumulated possessions. Her photographs present an alternate portrait of Bradbury--one that is more poignant now that his personal possessions have been sold at auction and his home of more than half a century razed. Listen to the Echoes: The Ray Bradbury Interviews is the definitive collection of interviews with this American icon, illustrated with Sekizawa's stunning color photographs (including previously unpublished images). Originally issued as a paperback in 2010 by Stop Smiling Books and Melville House Publishing, Listen to the Echoes is now available as a full-color, larger-format hardcover edition with a new final chapter by Weller about Bradbury's legacy since his death in 2012, and dozens of new photographs from the Bradbury archive. Also new to this edition are essays by Margaret Atwood and Frank Darabont. Ray Bradbury (1920-2012), the poetic and visionary author of such classics as Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles and The Illustrated Man, was one of the most influential writers of the 20th century. Bradbury's sway over contemporary culture is towering--Mikhail Gorbachev, Alfred Hitchcock and David Bowie all counted themselves as fans, to name only a very few--Publisher's website.

Secret Chicago :
ISBN: 155022493X. OCLC Number: 288123903

ECW Press,. .

New visitors and longtime residents alike will find unique locales in this guide to the Second City's hidden treasures. Far beyond the predictable tourist routes, these listings reveal the arcane, cool, and hush-hush hotspots of Chicago. From white sand b.

ISBN: 1459654846. OCLC Number: 972240138


The Bradbury chronicles :
ISBN: 006054581X. OCLC Number: 56590874

William Morrow,. .

A biography of the highly regarded science fiction author of Fahrenheit 451 and numerous other books, covering his childhood, first publications, and eventual literary success.

The Bradbury chronicles :
ISBN: 9780062245069. OCLC Number: 858875347

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Ray Bradbury is an American literary icon, an architect of wonders whose life has been as fascinating, momentous, and inspiring as his fiction, which has enthralled millions of readers the world over for more than six decades.