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You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.

For the 9th year in a row, readers in and around Wichita will be able to participate in the City's annual literary tradition, Big Read Wichita! The book selected for our community to read and discuss is the classic novel, Fahrenheit 451 by acclaimed Science Fiction author Ray Bradbury.

From Oct. 1-Nov. 15, follow Guy Montag, a fireman. Montag lives in a world where television has replaced literature. Books are illegal, and firemen are responsible for destroying them along with the houses that hold them. After Montag secretly takes a book from a house his team burns down, he begins to question everything he has been told.

Want to include your group in the Big Read Wichita? Dozens of local organizations, businesses and book clubs sign up to participate in a variety of ways to promote the program or to host an event. Learn how your group can become a Big Read Partner with our Partnership Form .

Fahrenheit 451 cover
Reprinted with the permission of Simon & Schuster, Inc. Cover art by Matt Owen.