Bosnia and Ray Bradbury

I worked in a camp for war orphans and refuges after the war (in about 2002)

Ray Bradbury, my mentor, was a hero to readers in Bosnia due to Fahrenheit 451

In August 1992., at the beginning of the Siege of Sarajevo, longest siege in modern times, historical building of National and University Library in Sarajevo was specifically targeted and burned completely with millions of books and publications. Librarians were shot and burned, while trying to rescue rare manuscripts. The library alone was targeted; adjacent buildings stand intact to this day.

Ray’s classic novel Fahrenheit 451, describes a future where books are banned and destroyed and where people struggle to preserve the content of the books by memorizing entire texts.
My friend, Zoran said “After the library was burned we tried to keep the books in our heads,
but a head was not an easy thing to keep on one’s neck in those days either….”

Now, 15 years after the US brokered Dayton Peace Agreement, there are still ongoing efforts to repair the building and to try to create a new book collection, to serve the needs of new generation of students and citizens.

When my first book (Dirk Quigby’s guide to the Afterlife) came out Zoran came to L. A. for the opening… friendships are strong in tough times… and my book mocks religion, so it “spoke to him.”
I introduced Zoran and Ray, and Ray signed this statement for the library to be engraved on a plaque, for the entrance hall of the Sarajevo Library.

“Throughout history burning books has always been an omen of some bigger evil that something wicked this way comes…… We need to learn from the history and keep books and our collective memory safe for the future “
Ray Bradbury 2010

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About E.E. King

E.E. King’s has published many short stories. Ray Bradbury calls E.E. King a writer “marvelously inventive, wildly funny and deeply thought provoking. I can not recommend her highly enough.” HER NEW COLLECTION new Collection of Short Fiction “Another Happy Ending,” comes out in October 2013. There is a book launch and party @ Ray Bradbury’s favorite Bookstore Mystery and Imagination Bookstore October 20th @ 2:00 -3:00pm Her first novel, Dirk Quigby’s Guide to the Afterlife, came out 2010, released in Spanish in 2/2012. She is performing bits of "Dirk Quigby’s Guide to the Afterlife, all you need to know to choose the right heaven.” (in costume) October 30th @ 7:30-8:30 @Echo Park in “Stories Book and Café.” 1716 West Sunset Blvd • Los Angeles • CA [213] 413-3733 The New Short Fiction Series, Los Angeles’ longest running spoken word series, launched her anthology, Real Conversations With Imaginary Friends, 1/2012. Sponsor, Barnes & Noble. All her books as well as her children’s book The Adventures of Emily Finfeather or The Feathernail and Other Gifts are currently available on audible. E.E. King is the recipient of various international writing, biology and painting grants. Her murals can be seen in Downtown Los Angeles and Spain. Elizabeth Eve King has a background in teaching, painting, theater, comedy and biology. She will be an artist in residence at the Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art June -Sept 2015 Ms. King is the recipient of two International Tides painting fellowships, and two international biology Earthwatch grants. She was an advisor for the J. Paul Getty’s and the Science Center’s, Arts &; Science program. She was the Science and Arts coordinator in Bosnia with Global Children’s Organization (a summer camp for war orphans and refugees) in 2000. She was the founding Arts & Sciences Director for Esperanza Community Housing Corporation . She’s worked with children in Bosnia, crocodiles in Mexico, frogs in Puerto Rico, egrets in Bali, mushrooms in Montana, archaeologists in Spain and planted butterfly gardens in South Central Los Angeles. The butterflies wish she had chosen a different location. Her short stories have been published widely
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