Photo: Steve Martin presents Ray Bradbury with the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters at the 2000 National Book Awards.
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"Who you’re honoring tonight is not only myself but the ghost of a lot of your favorite writers. And I wouldn’t be here except that they spoke to me in the library. The library’s been the center of my life. I never made it to college. I started going to the library when I graduated from high school. I went to the library every day for three or four days a week for 10 years and I graduated from the library when I was 28."
Read the rest of Bradbury’s acceptance speech here.