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More than $7,000 was raised from Picture Book Summit 2015. The founders of this online conference made the announcement at New York Media Works.
Here’s more from the press release: “Picture Book Summit 2015 took place on October 3rd, and featured keynotes from bestselling authors Mac Barnett, Peter Brown, and Andrea Davis Pinkney, as well as workshops led by the co-founders and panel discussions with editors and agents. Hundreds of working and aspiring children’s book writers attended the event, logging in from six continents.”
The money will be donated to the We Need Diverse Books organization. The 2016 edition of Picture Book Summit is set to take place on Oct. 1, 2016.
American Education Week is a week dedicated to celebrating our nation’s schools, teachers, staff and all the hard work they do to support the teaching needs of every student. It is a National Education Association (NEA) initiative to support education and the wonderful joys of learning.
To celebrate, KidLit TV took a field trip to the Barnes & Nobles in Menlo Park Mall to interview one of our supporting community members Darlene Beck Jacobson about her middle grade historical fiction novel Wheels of Change (Creston Books).
About Wheels of Change
Racial intolerance, social change, and sweeping progress make 1908 Washington, D.C., a turbulent place to grow up in for 12-year-old Emily Soper. For Emily, life in Papa’s carriage barn is magic, and she’s more at home hearing the symphony of the blacksmith’s hammer than trying to conform to the proper expectations of young ladies. When Papa’s livelihood is threatened by racist neighbors and horsepower of a different sort, Emily faces changes she’d never imagined. Finding courage and resolve she didn’t know she had, Emily strives to save Papa’s business, even if it means going all the way to the White House.
Darlene Beck Jacobson is a teacher and speech therapist working with Preschool and Kindergarten aged children.
“I can walk into the classroom wearing a chicken hat and still get hugs!” Darlene Beck Jacobson
During her interview she tells us about the book’s premise, how she uses her teacher guides in the classroom and why it’s important to ask children questions about the story directly.
Historical fiction is extremely important for children to read because it not only tells and connects them with their history, but takes them on a fictional journey based on real life events. According to an article on Scholastic:
It puts people back into history. Social studies texts are often devoted to coverage rather than depth. Too often, individuals – no matter how famous or important – are reduced to a few sentences. Children have difficulty converting these cryptic descriptions and snapshots into complex individuals who often had difficult choices to make, so myths and stereotypes flourish. Good historical fiction presents individuals as they are, neither all good nor all bad.
These books highlight a certain time period and can be used as fun, interactive study guides for classrooms. If a child doesn’t enjoy history as much as other students, he or she might be interested in learning from a work of fiction, rather than a history textbook. What are some of your favorite historical fiction novels? Let us know!
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers and Lincoln Center have formed a partnership. They will host a monthly event series at the David Rubenstein Atrium called “LC Kids Storytime at the Atrium.”
The inaugural event featured R.L. Stine and Marc Brown; they discussed their book The Little Shop of Monsters. The next event has been scheduled on Nov. 21 with Patrick McDonnell as the headliner; he will focus on his recently released title Thank You and Good Night.
Future events will take place on Dec. 19, 2015, Jan. 16, 2016, Feb. 20, 2016, March 19, 2016, April 16, 2016, and May 14, 2016. The participating authors and illustrators will be announced at a later date.
Hello, dear readers. If you are a fan of The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer, then this week is a very exciting week for you. The final book in The Lunar Chronicles series, WINTER, was released on Tuesday. The fates of Cinder, Prince Kai, Scarlet and the rest of the Lunar gang will be decided. Will they defeat the evil queen Levana? We're all just going to have to read Winter to find out! And don't forget to read all the way to the end of this post where we will tell you the exciting details about Marissa's upcoming Lunar Chronicles project!
I was a volunteer for the Marrisa Meyer Winter signing event held last night in Montrose, CA. Once Upon a Time Bookstore hosted the event, which was held off site at the Sparr Heights Community Center. We had an amazing group of volunteers who worked their butts off to make this an unforgettable night. Also, big thanks to Jose Valencia who was the photographer for the event and whose images I am using in this post. By the time I arrived after work, there was already quite a line outside the venue. Many thanks to all of the attendees who were very patient and endured some cold (for Southern California) weather.
photo by Jose Valencia
There was a beautiful snack table filled with Lunar themed cookies, cakes and candies. There were red Cinder shoe cookies and red Winter apples made from dipped pretzels. The cupcakes were beautiful (sadly I did not get to try one). There was also a bit of healthy food with a salad bar as well as pizza that came later in the evening.
photo by Jose Valencia
photo by Jose Valencia
photo by Jose Valencia
photo by Jose Valencia
photo by Jose Valencia
The event began promptly at 7pm and, after a lovely introduction by Danielle Behr, Marissa came out to a full house.
photo by Jose Valencia
Marissa started off by talking about fairy tales and how she fell in love with Disney's The Little Mermaid when she was 5 years old. Her grandmother, seeing how much she loved the story, got her a book of fairy tales, which included the original Little Mermaid story. 5-year-old Marissa was shocked to discover that the original story was very different from the version she knew, which made her want to find out what else Disney wasn't telling her. This led to a lifelong love of fairy tales. Marissa then recited the original tale of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves to a rapt audience.
photo by Jose Valencia
Following this, Marissa took questions from the audience. When asked who her favorite character was, she said that it would be liking asking a mother to pick her favorite child. She did say that Captain Thorn was the most fun to write though. Marissa also mentioned that the film rights to Cinder had been sold to a Hollywood studio, though she had no news on whether or not it would be made anytime soon. She also said that she was honored when she found out that her series had fan fiction. Marissa said that she's only read one story because she didn't want it to influence what she wanted to do with the series.
photo by Jose Valencia
After the Q&A it was time to move on to the signing. Guests enjoyed pizza and snacks as numbered groups were called out. Again, thanks to everyone for their patience as we got Marissa through a long line of fans. Thanks to the volunteers for helping the line run smoothly.
Mmmm...snacks! photo by Jose Valencia
photo by Jose Valencia
Super cute Winter fans. photo by Jose Valencia
photo by Jose Valencia
I see some amazing fan art happening here. photo by Jose Valencia
Special thanks to Marissa Meyer, Macmillan, Fierce Reads, Once Upon a Time, all of the amazing volunteers, the Sparr Heights Community Center, Jose Valencia for the awesome pics, and every single person who came out last night. To see all of the pics from the event, check out Jose's album here.
While Winter is the official end of The Lunar Chronicles, fans will be happy to know that Marissa will be releasing a collection of stories set in the The Lunar Chronicles world. Stars Above: A Lunar Chronicles Collection will be released on February 2, 2016.
The collection will include:
Glitches: A prequel to Cinder, detailing Cinder’s first weeks after her cyborg surgery and her introduction to her new stepfamily.
The Queen’s Army: A prequel to Scarlet, telling the story of one soldier in Levana’s army who is determined not to become the monster everyone expects him to be.
Carswell’s Guide to Being Lucky: A prequel to Cress, expanding on some of Carswell Thorne’s exploits when he was a young man with big dreams.
The Princess and the Guard: A never-before-released prequel to Winter, chronicling the friendship between Winter and Jacin and answering some frequently asked questions about Winter, her insanity, and her scars.
The Little Android: My retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid,” in which an android falls in love with a human boy.
A BRAND NEW as-yet-to-be-determined story! PLUS a sneak peek at Marissa's first non-TLC novel, Heartless, out on November 8, 2016.
if you've read through this entire post, I commend you. Thanks for reading and don't forget to #JoinTheResistance!
You get two for the price of one today–Layla has a review of The Scorpion Rules for you, and Wendy has a giveaway + recap of the Erin Bow event she attended awhile back! Review: I enjoyed the hell out of this book. I have been in the middle of a fairly severe reading slump (and am also reading nonstop for my dissertation, so you know, take that into account, too) and The Scorpion Rules is one of the few books that have successfully broken through the haze of grumpiness I’ve been in for the last few months. But The Scorpion Rules really worked for me. From what I can tell, though, it seems like it’s been a fairly divisive read – you’ll either love it or you’ll hate it. Luckily for me, I am firmly on Team Scorpion Rules (and Team Talis!). If you like dark humor, morally ambiguous AIs,... Read more »
Here are some literary events to pencil in your calendar this week.
To get your event posted on our calendar, visit our Facebook Your Literary Event page. Please post your event at least one week prior to its date.
YouTube stars Dan Howell and Phil Lester will headline an event to discuss their new book, The Amazing Book is Not on Fire. Meet them at Barnes & Noble (Union Square branch) on Tuesday, Nov. 17 starting at 5 p.m. (New York, N.Y.)
The next session of the Selected Shorts events series will focus on Lewis Carroll’sAlice in Wonderland. Join in at Symphony Space’s Peter Jay Sharp Theatre on Wednesday, Nov. 18 starting at 7:30 p.m. (New York, N.Y.)
Eight children’s books creators will participate in the November Picture Book Bonanza. Check it out at Books of Wonder on Saturday, Nov. 21 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. (New York, N.Y.)
In light of recent events, Leaky would like to share a message in solidarity with The Harry Potter Alliance‘s beautiful Facebook post, and in honour of all victims of violence and injustice in Paris, and worldwide. We remind those who are losing faith to stay strong and spread love and peace in these difficult times.
From Paris to Baghdad, from Brazil to Beruit – close to home and miles overseas – the world is mourning for the violence we are gradually realising is a growing part of everyday life for some, and part of horrendously sudden and unexpected massacres in others.
Now is not the time to blame the innocent or ignore the suffering. Let’s use this devastating event, and those that have come before it in all manner of places and due to all manner of causes to come together and do what we do best: be there for the people who need support.
We send our love, condolences and well-wishes to those in Paris, and to the friends and families of those deceased or suffering, and also those in equally horrific situations. As The Harry Potter Alliance said:
‘Here is how we move forward: keep loving; keep fighting; celebrate story; laugh, dance, sing – with your friends, with strangers, with every single person who keeps showing up when the world tells them not to; resist hatred; resist cynicism; know none of this is foolish; know that it is necessary; protect and defend those who – not for the first time – will be victims of hatred falsely carried out in the name of justice; give love and light to those around you and those around the world; be excellent to each other; be good.
Always, always, always: the weapon we have is love.‘
Star Wars art from the best selling, year best Star Wars #1. The force is strong with this gallery. Metropolis opened earlier this year, and this will be our first time checking it out. They have a Masters f Fantasy show still up as well. Owners Vincent Zurzolo, Jr and Robert Pistella have great access […]
Here’s more information from the organization’s website: “In this exhibit, Yang shares his process work from early sketches to final product. Featuring color work by Lark Pien. On display in the 2nd Floor MoCCA Gallery.”
Today (12th November), The Leaky Cauldron was lucky enough to be invited along to the very special (and exclusive) opening event for the annual Hogwarts in the Snow feature at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London: The Making of Harry Potter.
So many brilliant additions were made to the tour to make it as festive as possible, and these extra details, on top of the already amazing sets and props, made the night so much more magical.
Various VIP guests attended the event, including Tom Fletcher (Mcfly), Nadiya Hussain (The Great British Bake-Off), Rod Stewart and Dynamo.
This feature is absolutely not to be missed, and if our word isn’t enough, we’re bringing you photos from the event to prove it!
As you arrive at the tour, you are greeted by the amazing Harry Pottersoundtrack (giving you goosebumps before you’ve even picked up your tickets!), and Mr Weasley’s trusty old flying Ford Anglia.
This is also where the Hogwarts in the Snow experience begins. In the centre of the foyer, surrounded the photos of the cast, is a huge snow-dusted Christmas tree:
You are then taken through to the studio’s cinema, where you are reminded by Dan Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint about the magic of Harry Potter, the global phenomenon it has become, and the family created over the long years the cast and crew spent growing up on set. It’s enough to make anybody teary-eyed!
Then it’s time to enter the Great Hall. Wreaths are hung upon the beautiful doors, and statues surround the walls, giving a mere inkling of the level of detail you are to expect from the rest of the tour.
The authentic costumes of the Hogwarts Professors greet you at the back of the hall (a luminescent Dumbledore instantly catches your eye), and the Hogwarts house uniforms surround the walls. The stone floor below your feet at this point is the original stone used in the process of filming Harry Potter!
The Christmas trees surrounding The Great Hall, and the authentic-looking artificial festive food laid out on the huge tables, are an excellent addition to an already breathtaking set. What is best about the newer props added for this feature is the level of detail put in to make the Hall feel as homely as possible. As soon as you start to look around the room, you can appreciate exactly why the films give you that lovely nostalgic feeling of going home. The level of work put into each and every prop and costume to create the perfect atmosphere is absolutely amazing.
To flaming Christmas Puddings (effects like these are produced by gas pipes running under tables and along the floor):
To Christmas cakes and House-themed Christmas crackers and gift boxes:
This room has it all and so much more, so make sure to stick around a while to take it all in!
Next it’s on to Production. My favourite part of this is Hair and Makeup, which giving you a glimpse into the behind-the-scenes of the actors’ appearances:
I love how the desks are laid out with wigs, latex, glue, lists, a box of ‘teeth’ and a profile photo of Bonnie Wright – just like the set is still being used. The way sets, props and departments are arranged along the tour is another of the reasons why it never fails to excite – the process of filming is so easy to imagine when you’ve got what it took right in front of you!
This drinks centre-piece from the Yule Ball is another of my favourites. It looks so magical and festive!
Another great feature is the Goblet of Fire, just past the gates to Hogwarts. The goblet sets alight and can be opened out or shut back up again. It’s mind-boggling to see the talent that goes into making some of the more technical props, and the level of detail and engineering in props like this amazes me.
Other notable features in this area include the Fat Lady’s portrait, the Mirror of Erised (which you can take a photo in) and Hogwarts’ giant pendulum. The scale of these features is astounding, drawing attention to the care taken to achieve realistic effects.
The Gryffindor Male Dorm Room is fully decorated, and adorned with tinsel to add to the Christmas vibe, as well as the Gryffindor Common Room looking even more festive than usual:
The tapestries and murals on the walls at the tour are another of the special additions to give visitors an idea of the level of detail in the film-making process. A personal favourite of mine is the Chamber of Secrets mural outside the toilets next to the Visual Effects section. It was hand painted by Andrew Williamson over the course of nine days this year (29 June – 7 July 2015):
A few other highlights from around the set section include Making Snow and Fire tutorials:
The door to the Chamber of Secrets:
And the kitchen at The Burrow:
Then it’s on to the Visual Effects section, where you can test your skills with a wand, look at how flying effects were produced, and even have a go at flying a broom (in the snow) and the Ford Anglia yourself!
After this, it’s time to visit the tour’s newest attraction: The Hogwarts Express!
Considering most visitors probably will have come from London train stations to get to the tour, the replica Platform 9 and 3/4 within Kings-Cross station bears striking resemblance to the (almost) real thing.
There is also a Railway Shop on site, and the option to have a photo inside interactive carriages of the Hogwarts Express.
Again, the arrangement of the set to look as realistic as possible is stunning. The sweets left on seats, the costumed mannequins and trolley of sweets gives you the feeling you’re really on the Hogwarts Express (which you are!).
I particularly liked the inverted R + L heart from Lavender Brown in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
Round the corner are the costumes of Harry, Ginny, Hermione and Ron in the ‘Nineteen-Years-Later’ scene on Platform 9 and 3/4, and a Graphic Design display:
Outside in the backlot, you have the option of purchasing Butterbeer from one of only three places in the world that sell the real deal. It’s delicious, and you can also now purchase it in ice-cream form! (I’d go with both).
The Knight Bus greets you, along with other sets such as the Hogwarts Bridge, 4 Privet Drive and the Potters’ house in Godric’s Hollow.
The ‘snow’ outside at this event really adds to the festive vibe, and makes the Potters’ House look less gloomy and more mysterious and magical than ever.
The Special Effects department is another of my favourites, giving you an insight into make-up, props and animatronics that you might never have guessed were so technical!
Again, the arrangement of desks like they’re still being used to make the props adds a great dimension to the tour – you feel as though you’re suddenly a part of the film-making process, connecting you even more to the film series.
When you finally approach Diagon Alley, you feel just like Harry in The Philosopher’s Stone. The shops make you want to run wild, the lighting is perfectly warm and inviting (much alike the Great Hall) and the amount of things to see is endless!
Next up is the Design department. The concept art will make you insanely jealous of the artistic ability of the people involved in the film-making process:
The mini-figures are absolutely breath-taking. The attention to detail is impressive even in comparison to the rest of the tour – you can really see why the films turned out as well as they did. Part of the beauty of the tour is that the crew behind the cameras are allowed to express their talents to visitors, and visually show fractions of the hard work that went into the making of the films.
HOGWARTS SPOILERS AHEAD:
After you’ve been thoroughly impressed by Design, it’s time for the main event.
Turning the corner, Harry In Winter by Patrick Doyle begins to play, and – completely in awe – you come across an intricate scale model of Hogwarts castle in the snow.
It’s well worth visiting whilst it’s decorated like this. Not just for the castle, but for all the little extras the team at the Studio Tour add to the sets to give the homely festive feelings the films so excellently evoke.
Without the snow (for comparison):
The castle is surrounded by interactive boards, which tell you more about how the model was used to shoot film scenes of Hogwarts, and more on its construction (which took 80 model makers over 7 months!). From the website:
‘The crew updated it over the years when the story required it (the bridge was added for Prisoner of Azkaban, the Owlery for Goblet of Fire, and the Astronomy Tower for Half-Blood Prince), and the model was used for nearly every exterior shot of Hogwarts seen in the first six Harry Potter films. The specialist work was so detailed that it would have taken one person more than 74 years to complete!’
This truly is the most magical part of the tour, and I’d recommend you spend a long time appreciating just how perfect the model is, and get loads of photos!
Even the gift shop at the end of the tour is immaculately presented. Almost like a set itself, you pass through Olivander’s wand shop (where you are reminded that around 17,000 wand boxes were inscribed by hand for the films), to reach the best place to buy yourself and others amazing presents. Wands, sweets, plush toys, mugs, keyrings, robes, notebooks, pens, house jumpers and t-shirts – you name it, I bet they’ve got it!
Hogwarts in the Snow will be running from today (13th November) until Sunday 31st January 2016. It’s such an amazing experience, and we at Leaky would definitely recommend visiting!
More information can be found on the event’s page here, and tickets can be purchased here. The guided option of the tour is narrated by Tom Felton, and this is definitely recommended if you want to know the inside-out details of the film-making process as you walk around the tour.
We’d like to say a huge thank you to Warner Bros. for inviting us to this special event – it was an absolutely amazing evening, and we hope everybody else enjoys Hogwarts in the Snow as much as we did!
Universal Studios Orlando have released more details about their third annual A Celebration of Harry Potter, taking place at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Orlando in 2016!
“Explore The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ – Hogsmeade™ at Universal’s Islands of Adventure®and Diagon Alley™ at Universal Studios®. Dine at the Leaky Cauldron™ and the Three Broomsticks™, see a wand choose a wizard at Ollivanders™, then ride Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts™, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey™ and other thrilling attractions. With your park-to-park admission, you can even ride between both lands of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ on the Hogwarts™ Express°”
A Celebration of Harry Potter™ is an unforgettable event where the magic of Harry Potter™ continues, and it’s only at Universal Orlando Resort.
Behind the Thrills reports the guest list, who will be taking part throughout the event, and in Q&A sessions:
Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley)
Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom)
Katie Leung (Cho Chang)
Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley)
Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood)
Pierre Brohanna (Head Prop Maker for the film franchise)
Eduardo Lima and Miraphora Mina of MinaLima (established the visual graphic style of the films)
Paul Harris (wand combat choreographer for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix)
The creators and talent that have made Harry Potter: The Exhibition a global touring phenomenon.
Guests will also be able to attend wand combat classes and take part in a huge Expo!
“Make your way through interactive displays in this one-of-a-kind collection of Harry Potter™ themed props, movie sets, artwork and more. This year we’re excited to welcome back Harry Potter™ The Exhibition, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, MinaLima, Pottermore and Scholastic as part of A Celebration of Harry Potter™ Expo.”
The event will be held in Universal Studios Orlando from January 29th – 31st 2016. Read more and purchase tickets on the Universal Studios website here, and take a look back at last year’s event below!
On November 3rd, KidLit TV was invited to the National Coalition Against Censorship to interview NCAC board members, artists, authors, and experts about up and coming books that celebrate diversity and free speech advocacy. NCAC’s mission is to promote freedom of thought, inquiry, and expression and oppose censorship in all its forms.
NCAC celebrated another year of free speech advocacy and saluted Lois Lowry, Larry Siems, Justin Richardson, Peter Parnell, and Henry Cole as 2015 Free Speech Defenders. The evening raised funds from generous sponsors, led by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, to support NCAC’s mission, and featured performances from Fun Home, a tribute by Alison Bechdel, and inspiring words from each of our honorees. A special thanks to comedian Jena Friedman, who kept the audience laughing through the night as our master of ceremonies.
It’s a busy week for comics event in NYC, with Comic Arts Brooklyn this weekend. Here’s the official list of CAB events and some other events taking place from tonight onwards: SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 11 AM to 7 PM: Book Sales and Signings Mt. Carmel Gymnasium 13 Havemeyer St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn – Free – Saturday’s […]
Hello pilgrims! Just posting a note that I’ll be at the American Association of School Librarians conference this weekend (Nov 6-7) with freshly printed arcs of Sophie Quire & the Last Storyguard! I’ll be signing free books on Saturday at 11:30 (at the Authorpalooza event) and 5:30 (during the Meet & Greet). Supplies are limited, so if you want a book — come early!
By Victor Van Scoit The San Francisco Bay Area has some fantastic comic book shops, with each having its own take for hosting creator events. One such store known for their intimate signings and creative shindigs is The Isotope. They’re hosting two upcoming events this November that, should you live anywhere in Northern California, are worth checking out. […]
At the next session of the Macaulay Author Series, Paul Goldberger will discuss his new book Building Art: The Life and Work of Frank Gehry. Join in on Wednesday, Nov 4 at Macaulay Honors College starting 7 p.m. (New York, NY)
Ada Calhoun will celebrate the launch of her new book, St. Marks is Dead. Meet her on Thursday, Nov 5 at the powerHouse Arena from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. (Brooklyn, NY)
If you know anything of the work of Canadian cartoonist Seth, you know that him giving an exhibit of his art the gloomy title "Nothing Lasts" is quite appropriate. But it should be lovely. Details and a preview here.. Bonus daily showing of Seth's Dominiom an award winning documentary about the artist by Luc Chamberland that was produced by the National Film Board of Canada.
What is a picture book if not a tiny paper theatre?
Drawing upon over two decades experience in picture book making and the performing arts, award winning author/illustrator Viv Schwarz and award-winning theatre designer Ellan Parry present a master class in visual story-telling, exploring the intersection between picture books and performance.Whether you are a professional picture book artist, a student or just want to try your hand at making something for your family, this class will give you tools to bring drama, expression and emotional impact to your work. We will bring in creative tools and exercises learned, invented, collected and developed over years of professional practice as well as materials that we would use ourselves professionally. We will show you how to work fast to generate characters and bring them to life, using techniques borrowed from theatre as well as drawing games and storytelling exercises. You will learn how to develop your story hands-on to make a well-paced, engaging picture book. This class includes a portfolio/dummy book viewing and discussion in small, friendly groups in the morning, so we can tailor the afternoon book-making lesson to you, personally. This is a workshop for adults, although we may consider talented teenagers. We are charging an introductory rate of £50.
Tomorrow night from 6-8 I’ll be doing my first book signing in 20 years! And it’s for the same book! Dover has rereleased The Art of Alfredo Alcala – Secret Teachings of a Comic Book Master in a handsome and affordable new edition. And I’ll be singing it tomorrow, 10/21 at JHU Comics. JHU Comic […]
Holy Crap, CAB is in two weeks! Just enough time to save up some dosh for the last bite at the apple of indie comics amazement. As can not be stressed enough, this ear’s show will consist of TWO days with SEPARATE ACTIVITIES, ON Saturday, November 7th there will be a ONE DAY expo of […]