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1. May 9 in LA: ‘Beauty and the Beast’ in 70mm With Cast and Crew Discussion

This 25th anniversary screening is sold out, but we've got a tip on how you can attend this special event.

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2. ‘Harry Potter’ Actors Celebrate Shakespeare

Beedle the Bard may be the king of storytelling in the Wizarding World, but it’s the Bard of Avon who reigns over the English-speaking Muggle one.

Saturday, April 23 marks the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, and several of our favorite Harry Potter film actors will be celebrating his plays in the coming weeks.

The main event is a cooperative effort of the BBC and the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC): the BBC Shakespeare Festival 2016.  The BBC announced that David Tennant (Doctor Who but also Barty Crouch, Jr. in the Harry Potter films) will host Shakespeare Live! from the RSC on BBC2 this Saturday at 8:30 pm BST.

Tennant will be joined by Joseph Fiennes, Judi Dench, Ian McKellan, Benedict Cumberbatch and others in a special variety show at the Royal Shakespeare Company’s theater in Stratford, England.  The production will also be screened live in cinemas across Britain and Europe.  Movie theaters in the United States will host the event one month later, on May 23, as The Shakespeare Show.

Michael Gambon (Albus Dumbledore in several Harry Potter films) is participating in the BBC celebrations by playing Mortimer on The Hollow Crown: The War of the Roses television series with Benedict Cumberbatch this year.

Into Film ambassador Kenneth Branagh (Gilderoy Lockhart in the Harry Potter films) has a Q&A session at Belfast’s Queen’s Film Theatre as part of BFI’s Shakespeare anniversary events.  Several of Branagh’s Shakespeare films will screen, including Much Ado About Nothing (1993), which he directed and starred in with Emma Thompson (Sybill Trelawney in the Harry Potter films) and Imelda Staunton (Dolores Umbridge in the Harry Potter films).

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Branagh’s Henry V (1989) will also show, featuring Robbie Coltrane (Hagrid in the Harry Potter films) and Emma Thompson.

Please join us in lifting a tankard of Butterbeer to celebrate over 400 years of William Shakespeare’s genius with some of our favorite Harry Potter film stars.  Huzzah!

 

 

 

 

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3. Today in NYC: Storyscapes Interactive and VR Showcase

Tribeca Film Festival's Storyscapes is a worthwhile look at where interactive storytelling is headed.

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4. To do: Roz Chast’s chuckle-filled exhibit at the Museum of the CIty of New York

Well this is pretty cool, and has flown mostly under the radar of my usual comics sites: Roz Chast has an exhibit up at the Museum of the City of New York. It runs from April 14th until October 9th, so you have plenty of time to go see it...and you should. Best known for her 2014 award winning 2014 memoir Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, Chast's droll cartoons capture urban foibles of dread, fatalism and UES (upper East Side, to non New Yorkers) neuroses with a levity that barely masks how deep they cut. One of the exhibits mentions that one of her biggest influences was Charles Addams, and it easy to see how Addams' loose penwork and gallery of characters informs her work. She also shifted his emphasis on the lugubrious and horrific to internal anxieties over health, parental guidance, mid-life crises and geographic uncertainty.

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5. Warner Bros. Give a Star-Studded CinemaCon Presentation

Warner Bros. showcased their huge list of talented actors and crew members involved in making their highly anticipated films at this year’s CinemaCon in Las Vegas, including clips from Fantastic Beasts and Yates’ Legend of Tarzan.

According to Business Wire, Warner Bros. focussed their presentation on trailers and  some never-before-seen footage from the films, illustrating a statement by CEO Tsujihara about the diversity of their works, encompassing huge feature films (such as Fantastic Beasts!), dramas, action adventures, horror thrillers and comedies.

Making a video appearance for The Legend of Tarzan, Dwayne Johnson; Alexander Skarsgård, Margot Robbie, Samuel L. Jackson and Christoph Waltz introduced the film at the panel, showing just how talented the cast for David Yates’ film has been!

Even more excitingly, Warner Bros. closed with a look at Fantastic Beasts, with on-stage appearances by Eddie Redmayne, Alison Sudol, Dan Fogler and Colin Farrell, who helped introduce the new trailer (below), and an exclusive look behind the scenes of the film.

Read more about the presentation here!

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6. Warner Bros. Studio Tour London Opens its doors to Privet Drive!

In celebration of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’s 15th Anniversary, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London will be opening the doors to Privet Drive, from Friday 27 May to Monday 6 June!

Walk around the living room, and delight in Vernon and Petunia’s choice of decoration, fondly remembering the times that the wizarding world intruded on that very space.

Pottermore reports:

“Although this room was the setting for many horrible memories for Harry, it is also where he was bombarded with letters, inviting him to go to Hogwarts, and far away from his supposed ‘family’.

That iconic letter, created by graphic design team MinaLima, will of course be on set too, with hundreds of them suspended in the air, just like they were when they flew out of the fireplace during Philosopher’s Stone (2001). Fans will also be able to check out the mechanism that was built in order to shoot out such letters during filming, with approximately 10,000 being used for the iconic moment. 

The Dursleys’ costumes, in all their grotesque finery, will also be on display, so enemies of bad jumpers, beware.”

Find out more, and book tickets here!

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7. New Attractions Opened at WWOHP Japan

Yesterday, an opening ceremony took place for the newest attractions at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Japan: Wand Studies and Wand Magic.

Information on the new attractions are below (thanks to Mugglenet for the heads up!):

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 A special Interactive Wand is now available at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Japan that offers guests the chance to cast spells. Guests will search for magical points hidden in several locations in the area based on the Wand Magic Map. To lead guests to a successful magical experience, Wand Assistants at respective locations will give personal interaction to each and every guest.

Wand Studies

This is a show-style attraction in which students of the four Hogwarts houses practice how to cast spells while receiving support from guests.

Actresses Alice and Suzu Hirose helped cast spells to greet fans and demonstrate the new experiences on offer, including Wingardium Leviosa and Locomotor (which was used to levitate the Weasley’s infamous Ford Anglia!).

Check out Mugglenet’s photos and videos from the event here, and be sure to watch Universal Studios Japan’s exciting video of the demonstration below!

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8. Image Expo: The Vibe On The Scene and What Connected

IMG_9130Held the day before Emerald City Comic Con, Image took their Image Expo on the road to The Showbox in Seattle for all the creator announcements of upcoming projects. The location was unique and perfect when you consider the many independent and up and coming bands that rolled through The Showbox in the past—plus how long Image has been associated with independent. The Showbox offered a sexy venue with lighting, chandeliers, and was already decorated for Image's Spring Formal later in the evening. Image Expo would offer many highlights and it was interesting to see when the audience connected most with the presentations during the day.

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9. Evanna Lynch on Zombies, Warwick Davis on ‘Cursed Child’ and More From The Wizarding World in Hollywood!

The red carpet event celebrating yesterday’s grand opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Hollywood took place on the 5th April.  Leaky fans were on the ground covering the event, which you can read about here, but of course there are more interviews with the Potter cast than we can count!

Here are some of the best below:

Entertainment Weekly sought after the actor’s questions for J.K. Rowling since the series finished filming.

James and Oliver Phelps wanted to know what happened to George after Fred’s death:

OLIVER: I think with George, it would probably be what does he do with the company. Like, does he expand it? Or does he just keep it as homage to his brother? Or does he go, we’re going to open it up elsewhere?

JAMES: Did he franchise it?

Oliver Phelps came up with a great theory regarding Fred’s ultimate fate, which he told Seventeen:

“I think he’d dive into the family business even more and try to make it even better in Fred’s memory, and I wouldn’t be surprised if Fred was a ghost in the shop.”

Tom Felton told Entertainment Weekly that he missed Draco, and had endless compliments for J.K. Rowling regarding the character:

There’s a beautiful understanding between him and I, I think. I miss him. I miss him a lot. But Jo has such a wonderful way of making these characters so rich and full anyway. I suppose all the things that I don’t know are assumed. But I also know that Jo is an endless wealth of knowledge so if I ever have anything that was puzzling me, I know she’d be more than happy for me to ask her. You’ve got me picking my brains now. I’ll have to message her tomorrow.”

Evanna Lynch obviously had the most questions about Luna – being a huge fan of the books, she wanted to know more about Luna’s family:

I think the big blank is her mom. I’ve always wondered what she’s like. We’ve just been told her name is Pandora and that she died doing an experiment, and I just wonder, I really am curious what was her relationship with Luna? Because obviously she’s so close to her dad, and I find that there’s always one parent that you have more in common with or that you confide in more, and I wonder … was that her mom? Or just what kind of person she was.”

Make sure you catch the full article from Entertainment Weekly here.

You can also read a hilarious exclusive interview with Tom Felton playing ‘Marry, Snog, Stupefy’ with Bustle here, and a snippet from the interview below:

“When given three names of Harry Potter characters, Felton must choose which he’d most like to marry, snog (kiss), and stupefy, which, according to Harry Potter wiki, to stupefy someone means to “render a victim unconscious and/or halt moving objects.” So basically, it’s a less morbid version of the “kill” option most muggles are accustom to.

But before I can give him three options, Felton declares: “I’d snog Bellatrix.” …. I remind him of the rules — I give you the three options, Tom — and we begin.”

MSN also spoke to Evanna Lynch, about the roles she is currently looking for, which appear to steer away from ‘darker’ roles in shows such as The Walking Dead:

“I really just want to do characters a I really love,” Lynch told AAP on the red carpet at the grand opening of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios in California.

“There are other scripts that come along and I see them but I don’t really have the passion unless I connect with the character.

“I am sick of zombie movies, all these things about undead people. I want things that make the world lighter rather than scarier.

“Everyone says it’s so good but I hate zombies and that kind of violence.”

She also commented on J.K. Rowling’s constant development of the wizarding world – which we know she is excited about and understandably wanting to be involved in! Evanna spoke about what she’d like to see from any sequels involving Luna:

“She (Rowling) has created another world and made it so rich and varied and interesting and I feel like it will never end,” Lynch said.

“I’d love if she did a sequel, I would love to know more about Luna and I feel like there is a lot more to explore.

“I would love a wildlife show with Luna and a documentary series.”

Read the MSN interview in full here.

She revealed her thoughts on whether she thought the pairing of Neville and Luna should have gone any further to Movie Pilot:

“Definitely not. I think he’s very much a homebody, a stay-at-home dad. And Luna wants to go out and explore the world and different creatures, and I think she wants to have several different relationships and not be committed forever. Neville would want a good sturdy wife who cooks, and that’s not her.”

Evanna also gave Extra a VIP tour along with James and Oliver Phelps, which you can view below:

Warwick Davis also attended the event, and spoke to Hollywood Life about the how he’d feel about appearing in Cursed Child. Of course, he’d be more than thrilled:

“To be back in something that has been created by J.K. Rowling and something that goes on to have a life beyond that is exceptional and it would be lovely to do that!”

“I love performing, I am an actor. This is what I love doing So however I manage that and have that manifest itself is a great pleasure!”

He also revealed his aspirations for TV:

“It would be to have a chat show, I mean that is my last bucket list to take on”

“I have done everything else in my career that I have wanted to take on and what I want to do but the chat show still remains elusively something that I would still love to do and a thing that I think I could do very well!”

Read the full interview at Hollywood Life here.

SnitchSeeker also caught up with James and Oliver Phelps to ask them about the theme parks, and about the newest ventures into the wizarding world (Fantastic Beasts and Cursed Child). They posted a video of the interview (below), and you can catch their transcript here.

Make sure you catch our full coverage of the event at this link!

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10. Events: Singapore’s Sonny Liew Visits SF’s The Isotope and Many More

The Isotope - Sonny LiewI'm flying out to cover Image Expo and Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle, but if I was sticking around San Francisco you'd be certain to see me at Sonny Liew's book release tour stop at The Isotope. Sonny Liew's The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye has already been declared "2016's first superalitve graphic novel" by our own Kyle Pinion, great review from NPR's Fresh Air, and it's already part of the discussion for what is 2016's first comics masterpiece. What's happening and where else can you see him?

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11. Book Events

It's up to you to make your book event successful.

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12. Little Rebels Children’s Book Award 2016 – Shortlist

The UK’s 2016 Little Rebels Award shortlist has been announced – and once again it sets a challenge for the judges… It presents a good mix of books for all ages. There are some big names among the books’ creators – and notable is Gill Lewis’s Gorilla Dawn, … Continue reading ...

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13. This Weekend in NYC: MoCCA, Rebecca Sugar, Bill Plympton, ‘April and the Extraordinary World’

New Yorkers: Start planning your animated weekend.

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14. Tonight in LA: Best of GLAS Animation Festival

If you're in LA, don't miss this screening of winners and highlights from the GLAS Animation Festival.

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15. ‘Half-Giant Hagrid’ Feature at Warner Bros. Studio Tour!

This April, you’ll be able to learn more about how our beloved Hagrid was brought to life on screen at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London.

From March 27th –  April 17th 2016, the feature will reveal the great efforts gone to by producers, costume designers and the special effects teams to turn Robbie Coltrane into the loveable Half-Giant magical creature (or fantastic beasts!) enthusiast.

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The tour’s official website goes into more details about Hagrid’s costumes:

“During production two costumes were created for Hagrid, one which was worn by Coltrane and the other which was made 25 per cent larger and used by 6‘10’’ England rugby star Martin Bayfield who appeared as Hagrid in scenes where he needed to be bigger than the setting around him. As fans of the first film will remember, Hagrid wears an oversized coat made from moleskin. As the costume department wanted to stay true to the description, they cut imitation fur into mole shapes and sewed them together, each complete with tiny ears and tails.”

As you might remember, if you’ve visited the Studio Tour before, Hagrid’s head is a huge, fully operable animatronic head, moulded to match Robbie Coltrane’s features, the costume took huge amounts of work and prop-making to give the full visual impression of Hagrid’s Half-Giant size – water pipes to cool him down, small-sized props to make him look bigger, shoe inserts to give Robbie Coltrane a boost – definitely worthy of an exhibition at the Studio Tour!

The website reports on more of the small details you can discover in the Creature Effects Department:

“One of the early encounters that Harry has with Hagrid is a trip to the vaults of Gringott’s and the team will be demonstrating techniques used to create the prosthetic masks worn by Goblins at Gringott’s bank. Made from silicon, each one was given a particular personality to ensure they all looked different.”

Be sure to visit the exhibit this Easter break, find details on how to get tickets here.

Thanks to Mugglenet for the heads up! Check out their photos here.

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16. SOPHIE QUIRE Launch Party!!

Sophie Quire Launch InviteThis book marks the culmination of 2.5 years of difficult work on a story that I genuinely feared would never see the light of day. And now that it’s about to go out into the world, it feels like a good time to celebrate! Please join us for the Sophie Quire Launch Party at Classic Lines Bookstore in Squirrel Hill. Sunday, April 3, from 3-5pm. Everyone’s invited–please spread the word!

For more information, check out the Facebook Event Page.

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17. C2E2 Diamond Retailer Breakfast: Valiant to introduce major new female character and more news

c2e22Announcements from Diamond, Marvel, Action Lab, and Valiant Comics at the C2E2 Diamond Retailers Breakfast, including Civil War 2: Amazing Spider-Man #1, 300,000 in sales for Black Panther #1, and a major new female character for Valiant.

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18. To do this weekend, NYC: Guido Crepax at the Scott Eder Gallery

Italian comics maestro Guide Crepax is getting what I'm willing to bet is his first ever US art exhibit this weekend at the Scott Eder Gallery in Dumbo.

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19. Tomorrow Night in LA: Contemporary Animation From Spain

Get a taste of what animators in Spain are creating nowadays.

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20. Spring Book Events

So, this is how much I didn't want to do homework last week. For once in my life, I put together links to all the local book events.

There's some crazy crazy stuff coming up, so I hope you all have been saving your book allowances! (I haven't. Bad booklover.)

If I missed some, please let me know! You can email readnowsleeplater@gmail.com, tweet it at us @rnslbooks, or message us on Facebook. I can't guarantee everything will be put up, but I'll do my best!

We hope you see you at some of these. I will almost definitely be at Ontario TBF, and make sure you mark your calendars for our big Bridge to Books event in Pasadena on May 14. (More details on that to come!)

See you all soon!

~ Alethea

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21. Ontario Teen Book Fest - Spotlight on Marissa Meyer

You guys! It's that time of year again. It's the sixth annual Ontario Teen Book Fest and I'm happy to be posting about one of the keynote speakers today, Marissa Meyer! I had the distinct pleasure and privilege of supplying the themed party food for the Los Angeles stop of her Winter book tour. You can read Thuy's recap and see lots of cool photos here. If you haven't read her Lunar Chronicles series yet, well, there's no time like now to get started, especially if you can join us in Ontario, CA to see her at Teen Book Fest!

Before we get to that, here's the important stuff to know about the festival so you can plan and find your way there. 

Important Stuff

When: Saturday March 12th, 9 am to 5 pm

Where: Colony High School 3850 E. Riverside Drive, Ontario, CA 91761

The Ontario Teen Book Fest Website: http://www.ontariotbf.org/

FREE -- No tickets necessary!

Side note, if you attend, you will be fed. Panera sandwiches and water/sodas are provided for attendees (since it's kind of hard to leave campus real quick to get some food--you might miss a panel!). I usually bring snacks anyway (and sandwiches are verboten on the anti-inflammatory diet I am currently on, so I do have to bring my own grub this time).

Books will be sold by Once Upon a Time. There will be t-shirts and posters as well.

At the end of the post, make sure you enter on the Rafflecopter for a poster signed by all of the authors!

Also, please share details about the fest on social media, and use the hashtag #OntarioTBF. 

Last but not least, show the event bloggers some love by heading over to their websites, reading their posts, and leaving a comment! Not mandatory but it would be super nice of you. And you can see by the schedule who this year's authors are!

Blog Tour Schedule

February 22nd - Spotlight on Andrew SmithWhat A Nerd Girl Says

February 23rd - Spotlight on Alexandra MonirThe Consummate Reader

February 24th - Spotlight on April TucholkeAdventures of a Book Junkie

February 25th - Spotlight on Alexis BassA Traveling Book

February 26th - Spotlight on Marissa MeyerRead Now Sleep Later

February 27th - Spotlight on Sara Elizabeth SantanaMovies, Shows and Books

February 28th - Spotlight on Robin Reul Recently Acquired Obsessions 

February 29th - Spotlight on Katherine KottarasiFandoms Collide

March 1st - Spotlight on Stephanie DiazMy Fangirl Chronicles

March 2nd - Spotlight on Virginia BoeckerThe Reader's Antidote

March 3rd - Spotlight on Mary McCoyBook You Very Much

March 4th - Spotlight on Brad GottfredSeeking Bazinga

March 5th - Spotlight on Michelle LevyMy Fangirl Chronicles

March 6th - Spotlight on Elana K. ArnoldRead Now Sleep Later

March 7th - Spotlight on Kristin HalbrookWhat A Nerd Girl Says

March 8th - Spotlight on Jessica BrodyThe Windy Pages

March 9th - Spotlight on Nicole MaggiNite Lite Book Reviews

March 10th - Spotlight on Jay AsherA Bookish Escape

Now that that's all squared away, here's Marissa!

Spotlight on Marissa Meyer

Marissa Meyer is the author of the Lunar Chronicles series. She thrilled YA fans with her debut novel, Cinder, which landed on the New York Times bestseller list at #10 in 2012. While to the untrained eye, Cinder may have looked like just another fairytale retelling aimed at teens, it is really much more than that. It's a socio-economic analysis, a political intrigue, a science-fiction thriller, a teen drama, a cyber-punk romance, and a dystopian fantasy all rolled into one (with an occasional hint of chibi comedy thrown in, just for fun).

Click the book covers to find out more about the books themselves.

Click the book covers to find out more about the books themselves.

Meyer continued to expand on her Lunar 'verse with sequels Scarlet (Red Riding Hood), Cress (Rapunzel), and Winter (Snow White). Each novel not only reveals more about Cinder's story, as well as the history and culture of the moon-dwelling Lunars threatening to take over the Earth, but also allies her with the strong, smart young women each volume is titled after. In the interval between Cress and Winter came Fairest: Levana's Story--filling in the gaps of the story by exploring the childhood and young adulthood of the primary antagonist in the series, the Lunar Queen herself. 

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Her most recent release is Stars Above, a print collection of nine Lunar Chronicles short-stories, only four of which had previously been published. It also contains an excerpt from the upcoming Alice-in-Wonderland-inspired Heartless, a stand-alone YA novel telling the story of a girl before she became the Queen of Hearts. Heartless hits shelves (and, I'm sure no one will bet against me on this) best-seller lists on November 8, 2016. The thing that amazes me most about Meyer's novels is how she manages to make the totally familiar fairy tale elements thematically fit the far-flung story she concocts in every book. You wonder why you never thought about it that way before because it just totally makes sense. I'm almost certain Heartless will not be an exception to this rule.  

Did you know?

  • Marissa started writing Sailor Moon fanfiction when she was 14. You can still find her stories at fanfiction.net under the pen name Alicia Blade.
  • She has three cats named Calexandria Josephine, Stormus Enormous, and Blackland Rockwell III.
  • She has a Bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing and Children’s Literature from Pacific Lutheran University and a Master’s degree in Publishing from Pace University.
  • Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress were all written for NaNoWriMo (that's National Novel Writing Month).
  • She loves Reese's Peanut Butter Cups.

Meyer lives in Tacoma, Washington, with her husband. Tweet her @marissa_meyer. You can find a TON more information about her at www.marissameyer.com, as well as music and book recommendations, downloadables, fan art, and details about Lunar history and real-world technology that Cinder might make seem like she thought it up (but these things totally exist, or may exist shortly if scientists keep at it).


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22. Workshop Announcement: Getting Your Picture Books Onto the Page

March 7th SCBWI British Isles is hosting my workshop "Getting your picture book onto the page: Writers and Illustrators workshop with Elizabeth Dulemba."
     How does your picture book manuscript translate into the finished item that will be fully illustrated, enthralling readers whether they're opening your book for the first time or the fifty-first?
      Award-winning picture book author-illustrator Elizabeth Dulemba offers an expert workshop in Edinburgh – including hands-on work with storyboards, four-panel and full-length "dummy" picture book prototypes – to help you bring your existing picture book text or well-developed picture book idea onto the page. This workshop intensive will help you get to the heart of the structure of your story, and think visually.
      Perfect for picture book authors as well as illustrators looking for professional feedback on draft or finished sketches for a specific picture book project.
     It will take place at the Edinburgh Central Library, 7-9 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH11EG. There's not a logo for the event, so I'm including the map (which I love)! CLICK HERE to find out more about it and to sign up. You don't have to be a member of SCBWI to attend, but it's predicted to fill up rather quickly, so please sign up soon!

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23. Leaving the library, going to #beyondcomments

OK many of us know that online comments suck, but why do they suck and how can we make them not suck? I went to a conference to explore that topic.

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One of the better pieces of advice I’ve heard from people within a single industry is that there’s a lot to be learned from cross-pollination… going where people are who don’t necessarily share your preconceptions and learning about what is important to you. I’ve been out of the community management game from a job perspective for a few years now but I remain interested in how to achieve great user experiences and community engagement from a library perspective, and interacting with the tech world with that same mentality. The Coral Project is a group trying to do just that. Their seed funding comes from journalism originally, but their lessons apply all over the place. If you’re curious I suggest signing up for their low-volume newsletter or reading along on their blog.

This weekend they had a conference. I usually look forward to all day weekend conferences the same way you’d look forward to a complicated dental appointment but this was a GREAT event: well managed; well-attended, well documented. I don’t want to go over anything you could read elsewhere but I’ll point you to the important bits.

And then, doing my librarian thing, I extracted URLs and Twitter handles from the notes and organized them. You can follow links to things you might be interested in here. Corrections welcome.

Coral & Conference Ppl

Coral: https://twitter.com/coralproject
Andrew Losowsy https://twitter.com/losowsky
Matt Carroll  https://twitter.com/mattatmit (local organizer)
Sydette Harry: https://twitter.com/blackamazon
Greg Barber https://twitter.com/gjbarb
(more staff at this URL)

Lightning talks

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Post-Lunch Panel

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24. Universal Orlando to host a Yule Ball?

Rumours are flying about The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando hosting a Yule Ball, amongst other exciting potential holiday additions.

The Orlando Informer started the hype, with reports of a research survey revealing plans to add to or modify holiday offerings at the park, specifically around the Christmas period (a Yule Ball, therefore, would be perfect!):

“The special holiday party, which the survey explains would hypothetically take place on select December nights, would include special performances, ride access, a delicious holiday treat, and non-alcoholic beverages. Pricing was a large topic when surveying about this event, with the survey asking how much is too expensive and too low.”

Specific ideas relating to the Wizarding World are as follows:

  • A nighttime show at Hogwarts Castle using 3D projection, lights, and more (included with park admission)
  • Holiday party in both Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley on select nights in December, including delicious holiday treats and beverages (separately ticketed event)
  • Yule Ball and Great Dance Hall Dinner – “guests wear dress robes and dine/dance at a festive holiday Yule Ball with themed music, dancing, food and beverages.” (separately ticketed event)
  • Special holiday performances by the Frog Choir, London Street Buskers, and other holiday themed surprises in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Whilst these (*very exciting*) proposed ideas aren’t set in stone in the slightest, the mere presence of the surveys suggests that Universal want to know what guests are interested in the most. Getting the word out and encouraging them to make it happens seems the least we could do to get us all a fantastic Yule Ball, as a US alternative to the amazing events held at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour in London.

We’d love to attend, and I bet you would too!

Read more about ideas proposed by the guests here, and let us know any ideas you have via FacebookTwitter and Instagram!

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25. DINK is coming to Denver and it’s got the DINKie awards

Denver is getting its very own acronymed CAF now: DINK (Denver Independent Comic & Art Expo); it’s organized by artist/podcaster/Denver Comic Con co-founder Charlie LaGreca. This year’s show will be held March 25-26 at the Sherman Street Event Center.. There’s some more information about the show if you scroll down, but they’ve also kicked things off with The […]

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