“My education was neglected, yet I was passionately fond of reading.”
FrankenRead 2018: Santa Ana Reads Frankenstein, is a citywide reading initiative created by Makara Center for the Arts, a Santa Ana nonprofit library and art center, to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s classic novel. The year-long FrankenRead 2018 initiative encourages all Santa Ana residents to read the timeless story of Frankenstein and its continued relevance today. Makara Center for the Arts is offering free copies of Frankenstein to Santa Ana residents through the Makara Library and will host a series of related programs and events throughout the year, including a live musical scoring of the 1931 Frankenstein film; special editions of Makara’s Science Saturday presentations; and additional literary programs.
The unique story of Frankenstein covers a wide range of themes still in discussion today: life after death, rebirth, resurrection, consciousness, and immortality, as well as the questions that arise at the frontiers of science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics (STEAM). In addition, the masterful artistry and brilliant mind of Mary Shelley provides a welcome feminist perspective to these influential ideas. Makara encourages our neighbors to engage with these questions, participate in new conversations, and expand their imaginations.