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1. Kibbles ‘n’ Bits: What they found in this cartoonist’s apartment will blow your mind

§ Dave Itzkoff elides the Dark Knight III experience for the NY Times. It was pointed out a few times that this piece only interviews men and while I’m fully aware that many woman like Batman, I think this can be labeled a “guy thing” without too much outcry. § Forge magazine presents a short […]

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2. Happy Birthday, Shirley Henderson!

Please join us in wishing Shirley Henderson (Moaning Myrtle) a very Happy Birthday!

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3. Daniel Radcliffe talks “magic” in ‘Now You See Me: The Second Act’

Daniel Radcliffe will be joining the cast of the Now You See Me prequel, the first of which was a smash hit film in 2013.

In an interview with Buzzfeed, Radcliffe spoke about being in a movie that  involves “magic” again.

Now You See Me: The Second Act will be released June 10th 2016. Watch the teaser trailer here.

Radcliffe spoke about his past and current roles, ‘proving himself’ as an actor, his attachment to independent films and his personal life. The excerpts on Now You See Me: The Second Act are below:

What are the things that hook you in when you are looking for a movie now?

Daniel Radcliffe: In this one, there was definitely a challenge of creating a character that everyone has an impression of and thinks that they know, but trying to do something that is your own with it, and fits in this world that we’re creating. Somebody asked me the other day, “What’s more important to you: plot or character?” And I’d never really thought about it before, but it became apparent to me very quickly that plot is more important than character. I’d rather be a semi-interesting character in a fantastic story than [have] an incredible, showy part in a film that no one cares about, in a story that’s irrelevant. Ideally, I’d like both, obviously.

Now You See Me 2, what was attractive about that was the cast. The first movie’s really fun. It’s great. But, like, the thing that made me want to do it was the fact that I would get scenes with Mark Ruffalo and Michael Caine and Woody Harrelson and Jesse Eisenberg.

Will you be doing any magic in that movie?

DR: I don’t want say too much of what I’m doing, but I feel anyone who knows me generally will have known that I’m not going straight back into, like, a full-on magical role. I did get to learn a couple of cool card tricks, just from hanging around on set. But I don’t really have a reason to apply them in the movie.

When you were approached about that film, did a part of you think, Well, it’s about magic…?

DR: It didn’t. Like, it f***ing should. But it didn’t until later, and I was like, oh, it’s magic. Everyone’s going to ask about that. Oh well.

It’s funny. I don’t have as much of a sense of that as everyone else does. When I did Kill Your Darlings, the first scene in that film was me sweeping the floor, and I never fucking thought anything of that until somebody in an interview was like, “So, first scene, you’ve got glasses on and you have a broomstick.” I went, “Ugh.”

And then in Horns, you know, my character wore Gryffindor colors. I was like, I should have thought of that said, “Don’t do that!” But I don’t think about things like that. In a way, I’m glad I don’t think in those terms, because then I probably would have gone, “Oh no, I can’t do Now You See Me.” And I had a fantastic time on that movie.

Read the rest of the interview here!

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4. ‘Fantastic Beasts’ now filming at Cardington Sheds

Warner Brothers vans showed up at the former RAF station used to build airships in Bedfordshire, UK last month to shoot Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The spaces are huge, and have been renovated, named ‘Cardington Studios’ and used to film the new Star Wars film (The Force Awakens) and Christopher Nolan’s Inception and The Dark Knight series.

Cardington is ever changing and shed 2 has been leased out to a film company and is enjoying a second life as a “sound stage”.

This former Airship Hangar is one of the largest indoor spaces in Europe, with no obstructing beams, ideal for large scale set builds and event rehearsals. The main areas are supported by vast production offices and workshop spaces providing an exceptional and flexible infrastructure for your next production.

Photos from the location show not only the Warner Bros. vans, but also portray the huge scale of the sheds:









Leaky is certainly excited to see what they’ve been filming in there! The first instalment of Fantastic Beasts is set for release on November 18th 2016 – we can hardly wait!


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5. Jenn Murray interview on ‘An Irishman Abroad’

Fantastic Beasts actress Jenn Murray recently appeared on the podcast An Irishman Abroad, answering questions about her character and the movie:

“Jenn discusses how she landed the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them role, how the job of an actor is much more than just auditioning and acting, how she handled the challenge of playing the lead role in Dorothy Mills a film in which her character had seven personalities and the performance that earned her an IFTA nomination. We also hear about the Jim Sheridan film which sparked her passion for acting.

Jenn speaks about the trials and tribulations of drama school, how she strengthened her character, learned to cope with rejection and chose to abandon social networks while also explaining her theory that we can use desire to override fear.’

Murray – like Redmayne – also mentioned the pressure of featuring in Fantastic Beasts as a result of it not being a series of books with characters and events that the actors can get to know beforehand:

With Harry Potter, they had the novel to refer to, the people knew what was going to come up, people imagined them when they read them, but this is an original screenplay.’

Jenn discussed the intimidation and excitement of working with hugely successful actors and actresses on a large set at Leavesden Studios (“We did a read-through with all the actors in Leavesden Studios, and there were hard copies of the script, everyone was at a square table, and that was the first time I held it in my hand”) and confirmed that production will end in January.

“We walked onto a big set, and Eddie Redmayne was there, and I’ve watched his work for years, I remember him from Tess of the d’Urbervilles, and when you look at someone’s face, you want to hear their story, and he had that.

[On Samantha Morton]: I had admired her for so many years because of her choices, she was a real actress – she took risks, she was very courageous.”

Brooklyn – in cinemas now – features Jenn alongside Julie Walters (Mrs Weasley), Jim Broadbent (Professor Slughorn) and Domhnall Gleeson (Bill Weasley).

Murray will be portraying the character ‘Chastity’ in Fantastic Beasts And Where to Find Them – the first instalment of which is released November 18th 2016.

Listen to the whole podcast here!

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6. The Letter Writer

Scholastic News Kids Press Corps The Letter Writer by Adedayo Perkovich

Olivia B. is only 12 years old, but she has already gotten the attention of a presidential candidate. Last month, she wrote a letter to Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton about the importance of a good education for children with learning disabilities. Olivia’s letter went viral after Secretary Clinton posted it on Twitter. Olivia even got to go to Clinton’s birthday party and take a selfie with her.Olivia (left) and her dog, Shelby, with Adedayo in New York City

“I thought it would be important to me to actually write to her and reach out,” Olivia said. “I was happy that I did.”

Olivia lives in New York City with her two dads and her twin brother. She has dyslexia and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), and attends Mary McDowell Friends School in Brooklyn. There are 12 students and 2 teachers in each class.

“My school makes it so that the teachers are really connected [with the kids], and it’s so much easier to learn,” Olivia said in a recent interview.

Olivia told Secretary Clinton that her private school is “fairly expensive.” That’s one reason Olivia hopes to enter politics—after fulfilling her dream to be a professional soccer player. She already has some ideas for education policies.

“We need more money for public schools to be built and to hire extra teachers so that we have smaller classes for more students with learning disabilities,” she said. “Putting more kids in a class isn’t good for someone like me because it’s too distracting, and I can’t ask my questions.”


Olivia told Clinton that she’d like to help out in her campaign headquarters after school. “They haven’t offered me a job, but I have done some things to help,” Olivia said. “I did a video—a campaign video—so I guess that’s the closest to a ‘job.’”

Olivia is surprised by the amount of attention her letter has received. “You can kind of do whatever you want, if you try,” she observed.

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7. Signed Copy of J.K. Rowling’s New Crime Novel up for Auction

A signed copy of J.K. Rowling’s new crime novel, Career of Evil, was put up for auction. J.K. Rowling would probably approve of this donation from one of the lucky owners of a signed book, as the book was auctioned for a good cause, for local charity, Brighouse and Surrounding Homeless.

There are only 200 signed copies of the Robert Galbraith book, making the demand for this item at the silent auction very high. The book had a reserve of £1,000. Big House Echo recorded a statement about the charity being supported:


Alison Mitchell, chief Executive of BASH, said: “We provide an outreach service that connects those in need with the charities and services they may not have otherwise known about whilst offering food, clothing and friendly faces.

Thanks to donations we can provide food, drink and clothing. More importantly we can provide a listening ear.

The results from Friday’s auction have not been released. However, we hope that Career of Evil was able to at least break its reserve, and provide a lot of monetary donation for BASH.

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8. Stephen Fry to be Awarded Rose d’Or Award for Lifetime Achievement

Stephen Fry (the narrator of the British Harry Potter audio books) will be honored with the Rose d’Or Award for Lifetime Achievement during the Rose d’Or Award Ceremony, December 9.

The award is given to those who have made significant contributions to entertainment and broadcasting. The Rose d’Or website explains their clear choice of Stephen Fry as the 2015 recipient. Fry also expressed his gratitude of being honored with such an award. The Rose d’Or website stated:


“Fry won a Rose d’Or Award in 2006 for “Best Game Show Host” in the BBC series QI.  

“Jean Philip De Tender, director of media at the European Broadcasting Union which operates Eurovision, praised Fry’s sustained and successful contribution to the broadcasting industry.  “Stephen Fry represents all that is best about entertainment broadcasting in the UK, throughout Europe and across the globe.  Not only has he entertained generations and made us laugh, he has also, through his documentary work, shone light on challenging issues such as mental health. It’s only fitting that the industry will show its appreciation for him in London on December 9th with an award that represents the gold standard.” 

“The host of this year’s Rose d’Or, the BBC’s Paddy O’Connell, noted Fry’s generosity in helping other industry artists. “It’s a pretty unusual talent on top of his other unusual talents, because he is altruistic”, said O’Connell. “If there’s one thing I’ve learned, the television business does have a habit of eating people up and spitting them out. And Stephen Fry has tried to remember to be good to people and also that the industry is made up of many, many thousands of people who don’t get the credit. For me, I’m pleased that someone who has tried to put in the occasional word for the work of others is being honoured in London.”

“Fry is delighted by the honour. “It does mean a lot,” he said in an interview last week. “Since I can remember watching television, the Golden Rose of Montreux, and occasionally Lucerne, really meant something, and it’s always gone out of its way to recognise this particular kind of television, so if they’ve honoured me, then I feel exactly that – honoured”, Fry said.” 
The Rose d’Or press release goes on to detail Stephen Fry’s many achievements. Please read more in the original article, here.

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9. Pottermore’s Visit to the Liverpool “Fantastic Beasts” Set

The Pottermore Correspondent has released new insider information into the Fantastic Beast filming that took place in Liverpool. Having traveled with the cast and crew of the films, the PMC was privy to all the details–more than the public photos snuck from behind the barricades of blocked streets.

The PMC recognized that moving the set out of Leavesden to Liverpool was too big of a production to try and keep secret. So they knew we were peeking through and snapping pictures from beyond the boundaries set up, and the PMC was free to acknowledge it. The PMC also said that he/she would not be telling us too many juicy secrets–because that would spoil the fun like telling a kid their mother is the Tooth Fairy.

“What they wanted to do instead of release details about Fantastic Beasts, is “paint [us] a word picture of what it’s like on set:”


“It’s night time on a Wednesday. I’m standing outside in the cold dark with my life (three snack size Milky Ways, one crumbly biscuit, a cup of mint tea, two pens, a tiny notebook, a back-up scarf and a portable charger) in my pockets. We all rub our hands together and watch as Jon Voight gets out of a stately black car and walks up the stairs of St. George’s Hall. He does it again and again, up snow-drizzled stairs, to get the shot perfect.”

“Inside, Ezra Miller prepares for his scene by beat-boxing in the green room. He walks by and introduces himself, tells me he’s a Harry Potter fan. He seems to be the kind of actor who can play around and make people laugh right until they hear the word ‘Action!’ and then deliver their dialogue seamlessly. It’s quite something to watch.

“The next day, filming moves to the Cunard Building by the river.

“Inside, Liverpool City Council staff try to get on with their day jobs knowing that Eddie Redmayne is filming downstairs. They tiptoe by, whispering, and I catch a few phrases: ‘The one who got the Oscar for that Stephen Hawking film… Yes, the young one with the freckles… Something about Harry Potter, I think… He’s just gorgeous… Oh, definitely wizards…’

“Eddie, meanwhile, is quiet. He paces slightly between takes, smiles at everyone softly, sits in his black canvas chair and ducks upstairs to the green room for some solace now and then. He slips his jacket on moments before running in front of the camera, and slips it off again gently when he comes out. He and Katherine whisper to each other, maybe it’s their lines, maybe they’re telling secrets, who knows?”


For more details about the PMC’s visit to the Liverpool set, please visit Pottermore.



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10. Tom Felton’s “Risen” Moving Release Dates

Tom Felton’s new movieRisen, has changed release dates. Originally scheduled for January 22, 2016 release, MGM and Paramount have decided to move around a couple of release dates to attract larger target audiences.

As Tom Felton’s new film is religion-based, MGM and Paramount have decided to move it to a February release date to attract pre-Easter audience rush. The infamous The Passion of Christ and the recent Son of God, both were successful February releases. The Global Dispatch reports:


“MGM and Paramount Pictures have moved the release of Ben-Hur by nearly six months — from Feb. 26 to Aug. 12. This opened up the date for Risen, another faith-based project, to move up and upon in theaters.

Joseph Fiennes stars as the Roman soldier Clavius searching for Christ’s missing body and “reintroduces us to Jesus’s crucifixion, resurrection—and to the Great Commission—not through a disciple or follower’s POV but through the experience of a hardened and skeptical Roman tribune,” according to Sony.

Harry Potter star Tom Felton and Fear the Walking Dead star Cliff Curtis co-star – full synopsis below.

RISEN is an epic biblical story of the weeks immediately following Jesus’ death on the cross, as seen through the eyes of the unbelieving Clavius (Fiennes), a high-ranking Roman military tribune. Clavius and his aide Lucius (Felton) are instructed by Pontius Pilate to ensure that Jesus’ radical followers don’t steal His body and claim resurrection. When the body goes missing within days, Clavius’ mission is to find the body, dispel rumors of a risen Messiah and prevent an uprising in Jerusalem.”


Risen will hit theaters February 19, 2016.


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11. “Fantastic Beasts” to be most like “Goblet of Fire”

Entertainment Weekly seems to have all the secrets to tell about Harry Potter-spin-off series, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and is releasing them one by one.

With this weeks 10th Anniversary for Goblet of Fire, EW decided to release another tidbit from their exclusive inside knowledge of the secretive Fantastic Beasts films. David Heyman told EW that the new Harry Potter spin off series is most comparable to Goblet of Fire. EW reports:


[Fantastic Beasts has] got the charm of the fourth,” Heyman told EW exclusively. “It’s like the fourth. Mike talked about the fourth as being like an Indian musical — and it’s not that, but it’s got the humor of of that film. It has the romantic comedy, that fish-out-of-water humor, that very human, natural character comedy. And now David is always looking for truthful, human moments, it’s never just a gag, he’s grounding [the storytelling moments] in a reality. [Beasts] is very funny, it’s got a big heart, and there’s darkness too.” 

For more on Beasts, see our exclusive photo gallery and learn the six surprising things we learned on the set


Now that we think about it, between the darkness of the Tournament, Voldemort’s return, Ron and Harry’s feuding through most of the film, and lots of death…there were some funny moments in Goblet of Fire, with a little hint of romance.

Needless to say, Heyman’s description of the films make us even more excited to see the masterpieces that will be created with this series. And the best part? Unlike Goblet of Fire, there is no book these films are adapted from so there is no room for royally botching an adaption. There is even less room for imperfection with J.K. Rowling at the screen writing helm. With a fantastic script, and a great beastly cast, these films are sure to be enchanting!

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12. Helen McCrory and John Hurt up for BBC Audio Drama Awards

Two Harry Potter actors have been nominated for BBC Audio Drama Awards. Helen McCrory (Narissa Malfoy) and John Hurt (Ollivander), have both received acting nods.

McCrory has been nominated for best actress in an audio drama, for her role in The Pumpkin Eater. The radio drama was produced in 15-minute episodes, which can be listened to on the BBC Radio 4 website. BBC Radio 4 describes the show, saying:

Helen McCrory and Paul Ready star in Penelope Mortimer’s stark portrait of marriage and motherhood from 1962, dramatised by Georgia Fitch.

Mrs Armitage is encouraged by her successful screenwriter husband, Jake, to talk to a psychiatrist about her apparent compulsion to keep having children.


Hurt has received a nomination for best actor in an audio drama, for his role in Jeffrey Bernard Is Unwell. BBC Radio 4 describes this much longer radio segment, saying:


Starring John Hurt. A dying Soho, seen through the eyes of the notorious columnist of The Spectator – plain-speaking drinker, gambler, wit and raconteur. With frequent, very strong language.

Keith Waterhouse’s biographical play of Jeffrey Bernard is a recreation of a time in London when poets, painters, artists and writers (Dylan Thomas, Francis Bacon, Lucien Freud, and Elizabeth Smart) lived alongside the local Low Life of No Knickers Joyce and Sid the Swimmer, inhabiting the clubs and pubs of Dean Street. Jeffrey knew and wrote about all of them.

The play is set very early in the morning at the Coach and Horses pub in Soho, where Jeffrey spent most of his days, when not ‘at the Races’. The Coach and Horses was his ‘office’. Jeffrey has passed out in the Gents, missed closing time and wakes up to find himself alone in the pub with the door locked. He spends the night re-visiting incidents in Soho past and present, his childhood, gambling, women, racing and drink – fuelled by vodka.

Both of these shows sound amazing and deserve a listen when you get the chance! Judging and the Awards ceremony is to take place January 31, at Broadcasting House in London.

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13. Kenneth Branagh to Receive Dilys Powell Award

Kenneth Branagh has been chosen to receive one of the most prestigious awards for excellence in film, the Dilys Powell Award. This award is bequeathed by The London Film Critics’ Circle, largely known as one of the most established critics’ body in the United Kingdom.

Known for his acting and directing that well exceed his role as Gilderoy Lockhart in the Harry Potter films, Branagh has been chosen to receive the award for his excellence in both roles in front of and behind the camera. Though, a precious award from the London Critics was awarded to him in 2002, for his supporting in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

Variety reported on the story, saying:


“As a young filmmaker, I had the privilege of meeting Dilys Powell,” Branagh said in a statement, referring to the late Sunday Times critic for whom the award is named. “She was passionate, rigorous, humane. Her criticism was illuminating, thoughtful and bracing. This recognition in her name is a great honour to me personally and very meaningful. My sincere thanks to the Critics’ Circle.”

The award acknowledges the Belfast-born Branagh’s 34-year career before and behind the camera, which began humbly as an uncredited bit player in 1981’s Oscar-winning “Chariots of Fire.” Eight years later, he made his directorial debut with a startling interpretation of Shakespeare’s “Henry V” — earning Oscar nominations as actor and helmer. He has since earned three more nods in a range of disciplines, while career highlights have included “Dead Again,” “Hamlet,” “Othello” and Woody Allen’s “Celebrity.”

In 2011, his witty performance as Laurence Olivier — the man to whom Branagh has routinely been compared throughout his career — in “My Week With Marilyn” earned him his third competitive award from the London critics. Previous wins came for his supporting turn in 2002’s “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” and his production of 1993’s “Much Ado About Nothing.”


Branagh joins many other prestigious actors in the league who have also accepted this award. Among those big names is another Harry Potter actor, Gary Oldman (Sirius Black). Branagh will be accepting the award at the 36th London Film Critics’ Circle Awards ceremony in London, on January 17, 2016. At the awards ceremony, much like the Oscars, the Circle will be revealing its selection of 2015’s outstanding achievements in film; the nominations for the award ceremony will be revealed on December 15.

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14. Universal Releases video of “Wizarding World” SoCal

Universal Studios theme parks has released it’s first video featuring the “Wizarding World of Harry Potter” in Southern California. The new theme park opens next spring, and will include much of the beloved shops that are in the theme parks in Florida, plus more!

Until spring roles around (we must get through winter first), fans have been given a little teaser trailer (and the interactive website). It can be seen below!

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15. David Heyman’s New “Heyday” Television Venture

Harry Potter producer David Heyman is teaming up with NBCUniversal International Studios to create a Television company that will be dedicated to bringing viewers “premium long-form scripted content.” Heyman is most well known for being a very successful movie producer. Outside of producing a limited TV series called The Worricker Trilogy, this is Heyman’s first major involvement with television.

This does not mean Heyman is done with films. Not in the slightest. With now less than a year to go for the release of the first Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them film, Heyman has just added a lot more work to his load. But he will enjoy it!

Deadline was first to report this story, exclusively, and said:


The new company, which will be a stand-alone from Heyman’s film banner Heyday Films, will have office in London and Los Angeles. Heyman is currently staffing up the operations. The deal, which will give Heyman access to NBCUni’s global distribution platform, is designed to provide flexibility for the feted producer. Although its slate is still in the formative stages, Heyday Television will have two blind series commitments from NBC. The new company will also have the freedom to sell its shows to other networks, as well as cable and premium channels like HBO and the likes of Netflix and Amazon.

“The great appeal of this deal for us is working with David Heyman,” NBCUni Intl Studios president Michael Edelstein told Deadline. “He’s as talented a producer as there is, with a broad range of tastes and material defined by high quality. We look forward to helping David bring his passion and creativity to global television audiences for years to come.”

“It’s a very exciting time for TV. I got into films because of European films in the ’60s and American films in the ’70s,” Heyman tells Deadline. “Increasingly, that is no longer the domain of film. Those films are being made in television and that really excites me. To make intelligent, mainstream entertainment and to do it in the UK and the U.S., that really is the primary driver for me. I love TV.”

“To tell a story over an extended period of time, even with Potter it was over 18 hours, gives me great pleasure,” said Heyman. “If you look at my tastes in film, they are all fairly different but what I am drawn to is characters, for all their magic and fantasy. It’s really about people with whom the audience can engage. All the special effects do not have currency without people and characters with whom you can engage. I hope to bring that to television.”


To read more of this amazing new project–we are excited to see what is coming!–read the original article here.

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16. Week in review, November 16th-20th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com…

Ellen Wittlinger’s article “Parrotfish Needed an Update: The Rapidly Changing Language of Transgender Awareness

Jennifer Donnelly Talks with Roger

Holiday High Notes 2015

From the Guide: Comics for Middle Graders

from Twitter friend Eti Berland: a class lesson based on “Comics Are Picture Books: A (Graphic) Novel Idea” by Elisa and Patrick Gall

Reviews of the Week:

Read Roger:

Out of the Box:

Calling Caldecott:

Lolly’s Classroom: The best-of-the-year lists have begun

Events calendar

See overviews of previous weeks by clicking the tag week in review. Follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook to keep up-to-date on our articles!

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17. “Career of Evil” in Final Round of Goodreads Choice Awards

Robert Galbraith’s latest novel. Career of Evil, has made it to the final round of Goodreads 2015 Choice Awards. It is up for an award in the “Best Mystery and Thriller” category.

However, it has not won yet. In this final round Robert and Jo need your vote! Up against titles such as Stephen King’s Finders Keepers, and this years hit, The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, Career of Evil will need your votes.

You can vote here, on Goodreads. Voting is open from now until November 23rd–vote now!

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18. IQA Announces the Host City of the 2016 Quidditch World Cup

A lot of changes have been made to the IQA in the last few years. Those changes even saw the absence of a Quidditch World Cup as countries began to refuse to travel to America every year. Instead, we have seen the birth of the IQA Quidditch Summer Games, which became the Global Games, and with each country (even contents) hosting their own championships.

Finally, after the IQA disbanded into National Association and then reformed, the Quidditch World Cup is back! The IQA has officially announced that the next Quidditch World Cup will be held in Frankfurt, Germany!

In their press release, the IQA said:


The 2016 World Cup will be held 23-24 July 2016 at the beautiful Rebstocklage sports facility in Frankfurt, Germany. The best players worldwide will compete for national teams at the International Quidditch Association’s premiere event for international glory and the title of world champion. Frankfurt’s bid, sponsored by Deutscher Quidditchbund and the city of Frankfurt, was unanimously selected by the IQA Events Committee and Executive Team for its excellent facilities and amenities, its ease of access and central location for many quidditch-playing nations, and its clear preparation and readiness for the undertaking.

The sports complex offers ample outdoor space for competition-ready grass pitches, indoor changing areas and on-site restrooms, and well-appointed space for a players’ village and warm-up area. It is easily accessible by public transit, and is situated near likely event hotels.

DQB has expressed significant enthusiasm for hosting the event. Lisa Struck, Chair of the Frankfurt2016 Organizing Committee, said, “We are excited about this opportunity to welcome the world to the heart of German quidditch, and look forward to working together with the IQA to ensure a memorable tournament experience for both players and spectators.”

“We are all extremely glad to be working with such a passionate hosts, and to use this opportunity to bring our sport to new eyes in Central Europe,” said IQA Executive Director Harrison Homel, “We believe that Frankfurt, a major travel hub, will prove to be an ideal gateway to the players and fans of the quidditch world next July as we crown our newest World Champion!


Now that the venue has been chosen, the IQA is in search for many volunteers willing to help host this event! Please check out their volunteer page for more information, and emails can be directed at info@iqaquidditch.org.

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19. KidZania

Scholastic News Kids Press CorpsKidZania by Georgia Limcaoco

What do you want to be when you grow up? Children all over the world dream of the future, what they will do, and what jobs they will have. Now, these dreams can become a reality at KidZania (kid-ZAH-nee-ya). Opened last August in Manila, the interactive kid-sized city combines role-playing activities and real-life experiences to simulate the real world for children ages four to fourteen.

Pinky Laurena of KidZania Manila and Georgia gesture “hello,” or “kai,” the KidZania way.

KidZania is the first-of-its-kind indoor play city for kids. The city has paved streets, kid-sized vehicles, hospitals, shops, and dining outlets. I’d been hearing about KidZania from friends in Indonesia for the past two years. I was thrilled to see that a branch had finally opened in Manila!

The first KidZania opened in Mexico City in 1999 by Xavier López Ancona, an entrepreneur who said that he wanted to create  a “safe, creative play city where children can let their imaginations run free.”

Children from more than 100 schools have visited our local KidZania in Manila since its opening in August. “This is a city run by kids, for kids, ” said Maricel Pangilinan-Arenas, the State Governor of KidZania Philippines. Within the play city, kids are given the chance to work in one of many establishments. Some are sponsored by real-world brands such as Honda and McDonald’s. There is a bank, a bake shop, a news bureau, a bookstore, and even an airline.

“The working experience is super-duper fun,” said 9-year old Ayia Formilleza, who was waiting for her turn to be a nurse at the hospital. “It’s like I’m in the real world, and not just in a fake one.”


Upon entering the play city, kids are given a check for 50 KidZos, KidZania’s national currency. They can open a bank account and cash the check, and then begin to earn more KidZos by getting jobs. During my visit, I worked as a journalist, a magazine columnist, a manicurist, and a radio host. Each job or activity involves 6 to 10 kids at a time and is completed in about 20 minutes. KidZos can be used to purchase items at stores within the city, or may be saved for a future trip to Kidzania.

“I like this theme park because the kids see the relationship between working and earning in a way that they can understand,” said Vincent Fabella, the father of f 10-year-old Roxanne. At the time, Roxanne was busy running around the city working as a journalist.

KidZania is strict about its 4-to-14 age restriction. I’m lucky that it opened the year I turned 14 since I still have a few months to enjoy it. KidZania currently has branches in 20 countries, including Japan, Mexico, the United Kingdom, and Brazil. Future locations include Singapore, Russia, and the United States.

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20. J.K. Rowling Named Scotland’s Most Influential Author on Twitter

Unsurprisingly, J.K. Rowling is being recognized as Scotland’s top writer on Twitter, according to Edinburgh Evening News.

Though Rowling is originally from England, she resides in Edinburgh, Scotland. She regularly enchants her 5.8 million Twitter followers with witty, pensive, funny, and opinionated tweets.  Her Twitter content ranks her above Scottish DJ Calvin Harris, who came in second place, as well as popular Scottish writers Irvine Welsh and Ian Rankin.

Rowling is known for her prolific and sometimes provocative tweets, and does not shy away from discussing politics and questioning Twitter users who spread abuse. Of course, she also tweets about Harry Potter from time to time:


The title of top tweeter was determined by research conducted for the Scottish Book Trust, ahead of Book Week Scotland, an annual host of events held across the country from the 22-29 of November. Criteria for choosing the winner of the title included how much a writer engages with his or her audience, as well as how often they post to Twitter.

Danny Scott, the book trust’s social media manager, said: “The authors at the top of this list all interact with their audience and aren’t afraid to offer an opinion, or, indeed, be themselves.

“In many ways, the research proves authors are becoming as much of a commodity as their novels.”

Trust chief executive Marc Lambert added: “The list is a mixture of artists, children’s authors, crime writers and journalists, reflecting the dynamism and diversity of the Scottish literary scene. They are all harnessing the power of social media to stimulate discussion and debate books.

“This is exactly in keeping with what Book Week Scotland is all about – reaching out to a wider audience and encouraging people to discover and enjoy the benefits of reading and writing.”

You can read the full article here.

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21. Harry Potter illustrator, Mary GrandPré, to Deliver Speech on Illustration

Mary GrandPré, the artist who illustrated the Scholastic editions of the Harry Potter series, will speak at an event this Saturday, November 21 at Bloomingdale Regional Public Library in Velrico, Florida, tbo.com reports.

The talk will be beneficial for anyone who wants to learn about the illustration of books, as well as the working relationship between illustrator and author.

In the 30 years she has been a freelance illustrator, her projects have included advertising, packaging, book covers, editorial and children’s picture-book illustrations, as well as concept painting and character design for animated movies.

The artist creates her fantasy-themed and real-life based pieces with an assortment of media, including collage, acrylic and oil paints, and pastels on printmaking paper, as she used for the Harry Potter books.

GrandPré is a multiple-award winning artist and recently received a 2015 Caldecott Honor for her illustrations of Barb Rosenstock’s “The Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky’s Abstract Art.” She was included in Dr. Sylvia Rimm’s “See Jane Win: The Rimm Report on How 1,000 Girls Became Successful Women.”

The event will take place from 1:30-4 p.m, and registration is not required. GrandPré will not be available to sign books, however.

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22. Taylor Swift Donates Books

Taylor SwiftTaylor Swift Donates 25,000 Books to New York City Schools

Scholastic and Taylor Swift are excited to announce a donation of 25,000 new books from the Scholastic Possible Fund to 25 New York City schools that need more books for their students! These 25 schools will each receive 1,000 new children’s books.

As a long-time literacy advocate, Taylor hosted a webcast for classrooms during which she shared how books, reading, and writing have influenced her and opened her world. Since it first aired in October 2014, the webcast has been viewed by more than 4.5 million students from around the country! Watch it here.

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23. Strike Files Episode 3

It’s here so take a listen! The newest episode of our Cormoran Strike podcast, “The Strike Files,” is available on iTunes or here on the show’s website; it covers the second twenty (plus a little extra because we can’t stop ourselves, or, maybe, one of us can’t) chapters of Career of Evil, the latest book in the Strike series. Enjoy!

Subscribe on iTunes here!

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24. Neal Shusterman Wins 2015 NBA for Young People’s Literature

Congratulations to Neal Shusterman, winner of the National Book Award for Young People's Literature for the novel, Challenger Deep. Shusterman was honored on Wednesday night in New York with the award. He gave a powerful speech thanking his son, Brendan, who helped with the novel and its inspiration. Brendan has dealt with mental illness since he was a teenager, the basis of Challenger Deep. Neal Shusterman will be heading up another stellar keynote lineup at the 45th Annual SCBWI International Summer Conference in Los Angeles this coming summer. For more information on the NBA and Shusterman's heart-wrenching speech, see the full story at PW.

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25. Jen Loja Named President of Penguin Young Readers Group

Jen Loja will take over as President of Penguin Young Readers Group as Don Weisberg moves to Macmillan. Loja, has been at Penguin Young Readers for seven years and was promoted to senior v-p and associate publisher of the young readers group this summer. As seen in PW, Markus Dohle said that choosing Loja to replace Weisberg was “as natural as it is obvious.” Read the full story here: PW

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