February 22, 2007

Which book would you save from the flames?

Which book do you remember best? Which book touched your soul, opened your mind, and changed the way you see the world? If you lived in a society that burned books, what is an important book that you would want to save from the fire?

We invite your responses as part of New Hampshire Reads Fahrenheit 451.

In his classic novel Fahrenheit 451, author Ray Bradbury created a futuristic society that burned books. The main character, Guy Montag, finds a group of men who have formed a loosely organized rebellion to save books. Their plan is to “keep the knowledge we think we will need.” The group saves books that represented “bits and pieces of history and literature and international law. Each man had a book he wanted to remember, and did.”

In 100 words or less, tell us which book you would remember, which book you would save from the flames, and why. You can send your response using our ONLINE FORM or you may print and mail your response to the NH Center for the Book, 20 Park St., Concord NH 03301. We request that you include your name, phone number, and city or town with your submission. Your contact information is for verification purposes and won’t be shared with other organizations.

Responses will be posted on this site*, and some will be published in a special issue of Book Notes to be published at the end of the project. Teachers are encouraged to pose this question to their students and send us their written responses.

*Note: responses may be edited for length or clarity and we reserve the right to include only those submissions that we feel contribute to the discussion.