This week, we chatted with Michael Woodson, the editorial and marketing manager of Blue Manatee Literacy Project (BMLP) in Cinicinnati, OH.
Libraries had to change fast because of the pandemic. Four librarians discuss how it has changed the way libraries work for their community and how it will change their libraries going forward into the 'new normal.'
With world wide closures of everything, due to COVID-19 television and movie sets shut down, halting projects in process like Matt Reeves, The Batman, staring Robert Pattinson. My dream come true! This picture of Rob in isolation honestly speaks to my spirit.
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It was announced that the shutdown of UK production sets have been lifted. While the U.S.’ are still closed, there is no telling when they can resume filming state side but other countries are moving forward slowly.
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This isn’t happing immediately however, many new heath procedures and safety precautions have to be put in place to keep the crew, the actors, everyone on set safe. What are these new procedures and precautions? No word on that yet either but as long as the world is slowly getting back on it’s feet, I can’t really complain.
When news first came out that Robert Pattinson would be playing Batman, The Batman, I was almost too excited. I, personally didn’t enjoy Ben Affleck’s portrayal of the character, that whole era of the DCEU was a bit bleak, excluding Wonder Woman. I can’t wait to see Pattinson’s interpretation of Bruce Wayne. Honestly, the entire DCEU needs a soft reboot. I just pray this superhero movie doesn’t fall into production limbo like The New Mutants.
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The smash hit broadway play, Hamilton, is going to begin streaming on Disney Plus on July 3! The play was slated to hit theaters in Fall of 2021, but due to the state of the nation they have moved the release date to this summer. However, there are still plans for the play to hit theaters, but that date is unknown, and in the meantime Disney, put out $75 million dollars to stream it.
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The play will feature the original cast, which was filmed by director Thomas Kail. According to playwright and composter, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Kail has given everyone at home the best seat in the house with the way he captured the live performance on camera. Miranda, also stated how excited he is for everyone to see it. This play will definitely bring joy to lots of households during the quarantine.
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Since it hit the broadway stage back in 2016, Hamilton has been a big sold out hit. It’s been hard to get a ticket to this show, not only because of it being sold out, but due to the starting price of tickets ranging from $450-$600. Now, people will be able to stream it for just $6.99 a month, which is a great ray of sunshine during this pandemic. It’s been a dream for some time to see this play, and now it will have a more than reasonable price to sit front row.
Another one of Miranda’s plays, In the Heights, was slated to be released in theaters in July, of this year but it’s been pushed to June 2021. We may have to wait until next year to see that one, but at least we have Hamilton to look forward to.
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Today, Reedpop announced that BookExpo and BookCon will be completely digital. The physical events were cancelled due to Ms. Rona and having to quarantine ourselves. But from May 26, to the 31st, there will be a full week of FREE online programs attendees can participate in.
The event director for BookExpo and BookCon, Jenny Martin had this to say, “We know how valuable it is for our community to gather and we felt it was important to reimagine the experiences you look forward to each year at BookExpo and BookCon to fit our current reality. We are excited to bring you BookExpo Online and BookConline this year, two unique digital events that will certainly be one for the books!”
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There will be all the same programs everyone look forward to. The Buzz Book panels, author dinners, and spotlights on graphic novels and picture books.
Tuesday, May 26, 2020
The event will kick off with Librarian’s Day where you’ll be getting a full day of library content.
Wednesday May 27, 2020 & Thursday May 28, 2020
Adult and Children’s Books & Author Dinners will be evening events to help everyone view them regardless of time zones.
The 2020 Adult Book & Author Dinner will be attended by Poet Laureate Joy Harjo, Carmen Maria Machado, Rep. Ilhan Omar, and Rebecca Roanhorse. They will be discussing their upcoming works and initiatives with Zerlina Maxwell, a MSNBC analyst and SiriusXM radio personality as the host.
The Children’s Book & Author Dinner will feature many brilliant children’s and YA authors such as Judy Blume, Natalie Portman, Marie Lu, Raj Haldar, Misty Copeland, and Kwame Mbalia who will discuss and lively conversation.
Friday May 29, 2020
Friday will be Buzz Day, where all the panels will be taking place. The panels offered are the Adult, YA and Middle Grade panels. Buzz Day will also include the New Picture Book and New Graphic Novel revels. The panels will be done in a format so that each author and editor of the works will be able to have a discussion.
BookExpo will present another day in July for bookseller programs, education, speed dating, publisher showcases and UnBound content.
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Unlike BookExpo which will be taking place over three days, BookCon will only be a two day event, taking over the weekend of May 30 – May 31st.
BookConline 2020 will be full of Q&A sessions, panels and discussions with almost 100 authors, bestselling and those who are making their debuts. Some authors who will be in attendance are Nic Stone, Jenny Han, Zoraida Cordova, Mike Curato, Cassandra Clare; just to name a few.
They will be discussing a number of prevalent topics like the new super heroes, LGBTQ+ characters in literature, social justice, and more. The official schedule will be coming in just a few days.
I’ve never been to BookExpo or BookCon and now that they are online and free, I will be attending everything I can. And we here at Bookstr hope you do to.
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