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Authors And Actors Set To Virtually Read Fahrenheit 451 To Celebrate Ray Bradbury’s 100th Birthday

On August 22nd, science fiction writer Ray Bradbury would turn 100 years old if he was still with us. The Library of Congress, The Los Angeles Public Library and other libraries from across the United States are still planning to celebrate however, by staging a virtual read-a-thon of one of his most famous works, Fahrenheit 451, and they’ve broguht along some famous names to help out.

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Princess Diana Musical To Premiere On Netflix Before Broadway

A musical based on the life of Princess Diana was supposed to premiere on Broadway on March 31, but due to the Covid-19 pandemic production was shut down. The date for the premiere was changed to May 2021 instead, but now Netflix has jumped the gun and announced that it will premiere on their streaming service before then.

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Stephen King Teases New Novel

Stephen King has announced his next novel on Twitter, and it will be his third published by Hard Case Crime.

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First Episode Of Michelle Obama’s Spotify Podcast Is Now Available

Former first lady Michelle Obama premiered her new Spotify podcast today, and on it she interviewed her husband, former president Barack Obama. 

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We Have Always Been Here By Samra Habib Wins Canada Reads 2020

The Handmaid’s Tale and Kim’s Convenience actress Amanda Brugel defended the book, We Have Always Been Here by Samra Habib, and thanks to her skillfully presented case it won the Canada Reads 2020 final. 

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Banksy Is At It Again, This Time On The London Underground

There has been a lot of debates going on about the effectiveness of wearing a mask, and whether or not people should be forced to wear them, and now celebrated graffiti artist Banksy has entered the debate.

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The Louvre In Paris Reopens

It’s been 16 weeks since the Louvre shut its doors, the longest period the museum has been closed since the second world war, but now that it has reopened things look a little bit different. From face masks to floor markers, the world’s most visited museum is making an attempt to emerge from the Covid-19 lockdown as unscathed as possible. 

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Karen Robards’ The Black Swan Of Paris Is Historical Fiction At Its Best

New York Times Best Selling author Karen Robards’ latest novel, The Black Swan of Paris, is full of intrigue and heart-pulsing suspense, while taking place in Nazi Germany. It’s both heartbreaking and touching, and will stay with you long after you finish.

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Strand Magazine Challenges Writers To Finish Uncompleted Louisa May Alcott Story

If you are a writer, odds are you have plenty of stories started and not finished. Any successful author will tell you about a vault of stories they plan to come back to one day and complete. Unfortunately many of these stories are abandoned and forgotten about over time. Little Women author Louisa May Alcott was no exception, and now one of her uncompleted stories has been published for the first time, and Strand magazine is looking for someone to finish it.

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When Will Theatre Productions Reopen?

If one things is for certain during these turbulent times, it’s that nothing is for certain. With businesses starting to reopen, people are starting to wonder when entertainment facilities, such as arenas, movie theatres, and even stage productions will start reopening as well. At this point however nothing is certain, but in some cases plans for next year are starting to pop-up.

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British Airways To Auction Off Some Of Its Renowned Art Collection

Like most airlines, British Airways is struggling at the moment and has been forced to make changes in the way they do business in order to survive, including laying off thousands of staff. In order to raise some funds however, the airline is planning on auctioning off some of its renowned art collection.

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Civil Unrest Will Hopefully Lead To Change

Tuesday marked the eighth consecutive day of protests over the death of George Floyd. Floyd, a black man, was handcuffed and in police custody before his death, and was held down by a white police officer who kept his knee pressed on the side of Floyd’s neck for almost nine minutes while Floyd continually stated that he couldn’t breath.  The incident happened on Memorial Day in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and since then protests have erupted across not only the United States, but around the world as well.  

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Ai Weiwei Makes 10,000 Masks For Coronavirus Charities

It seems like almost everyone is coming together these days in order to help those who need it, and Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei is the latest. He’s created 10,000 masks that he is selling on eBay, with all proceeds going to humanitarian groups led by Human Rights Watch, Refugees International and Médecins Sans Frontières. 

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Banksy’s Latest Is A Tribute To Superhero Nurses

British street artist Banksy’s latest work of art was made in response to the Covid-19 crisis, and in it he pays tribute to the superhero nurses that have made such a huge difference in the war against it. Not only that, but he has donated the piece to the University Hospital Southampton.

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New Van Gogh Exhibit In Toronto Is The World’s First Drive-In Immersive Art Exhibit

At the start of May, Toronto was supposed to begin hosting a unique Vincent Van Gogh exhibit at the Toronto Star warehouse. The initiative was said to be an immersive, digital art experience, complete with a selection of images from Van Gogh’s 2000+ lifetime catalogue of masterpieces, including Mangeurs de pommes de terre, the Nuit étoilée, Les Tournesols, and La Chambre à coucher. Due to the Covid virus however, that has been put on an indefinite hold. That hasn’t stopped organizers from coming up with something new though, and they recently announced the world’s first drive-in immersive art exhibit.

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