A 24-hour reading of Salvador Dali's autobiography - "The Secret Life of Salvador Dali" will begin at 11 am on Friday,
May 10 and conclude approximately 24 hours later at 11 am on Saturday, May 11 - which is the 109th anniversary of the artist's
birth. 80 individuals will read sections, each taking about 20 minutes, to complete the 417-page book. Readers have been chosen
from the Dali museum and local community, including members of the Dali Guild, Dali Volunteers, City Council, local artists, USF
staff, as well as colleagues near and far. For the most recent schedule of readers
please click here.
The museum will toast the artist at midnight, to mark his birthday. There will be snacks to keep up the energy of the readers
and attendees throughout, as well as beer, wine and coffee for sale, and prizes for endurance.
Cost: Admission is free for members throughout the read-a-thon; free for all guests during regular hours; and $5 after 5:pm
Any visitor who purchases a copy of The Secret Life from the Museum Store (available for $14.95) will be admitted free.
Galleries will close after 5:30pm on Friday May 10.
About "The Secret Life of Salvador Dali"
Although best known as a painter, Dali also was a prolific writer, producing the remarkable autobiography "The Secret Life
of Salvador Dali." This startling early autobiography takes Dali through his late 30s, as it was written in 1942. The book
opens with the famous quote: "At the age of six I wanted to be a cook. At seven I wanted to be Napoleon. And my ambition has
been growing steadily since." According to the Manchester Guardian "Dali conducts us to the very edge of the abyss of
insanity. Time stated that Dali's autobiography was "one of the most irresistible books of the year." The magazine called
it "a wild jungle of fantasy, posturing, belly laughs, narcissist and sadist confessions." The book is superbly illustrated
with over 80 photographs and scores of Dali drawings and sketches, and is for sale in the museum store for $14.95.
Endurance Challenge: Stay for all 24 hours of the Read-A-Thon and you may
WIN one of the three luxurious prizes. Click HERE for details.