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Apple Announces October 30 Special Event In Brooklyn, New York

Apple today sent out media invites for another special event on October 30 in Brooklyn, New York starting at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time. 

It’s widely expected that Apple will announce new iPad Pro models and Mac hardware at this event, as has been the trend in the past toward keeping the company’s September event focused on the iPhone. 

The tagline on the invites for this event is “There’s more in the making,” and Apple’s new event page actually lists a whole collection of different stylized Apple logos, with a new one appearing each time you load the page.

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The 49 Boxes, An Immersive, Collaborative Story Driven Event Filled With Old Artifacts, Magic, Puzzles and More!

Yesterday, my wife and I were invited to attend a 49 Boxes event at the Brookledge Theater in Hancock Park as guests of the event creator’s Michael Borys and Alex Lieu.

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Borys is a magician member of The Magic Castle who has been working with Lieu for over 20 years on games, marketing campaigns and immersive experiences for the biggest companies in the world. They’ve won Webby, Clio, One show and Canne Lion awards (and others) for their incredible work. 

55 visitors arrived at the Larsen residence (Bill Larsen Sr. was the original proprietor of the famed Magic Castle). Not knowing what would happen next, we entered the intimate theater with excitement and trepidation. The group was immediately transported back in time to an age of victrolas, vintage radios, and leather suitcases with travel stickers. The air was thick with mystery and history.

On their website the premise of The 49 Boxes is described as follows:

The 49 Boxes is a social, story-driven experience where audiences interact with incredible artifacts to solve mysteries that have been kept secret for more than half a century…

But it’s so much more than that.

The audience is told that the magician Floyd G. Thayer left behind a large box, sealed with 19 unusual locks. The guests have about 90 minutes to figure out how to acquire keys to open the locks and are promised an amazing surprise at the end if they complete the task.

Groups of guests sit at various tables with an array of strange boxes that contain instructive letters from Thayer and artifacts that can be used to solve puzzles. The group must work as a team to determine the solution. Our table had to do some code breaking, use an abacus in an usual way, and hook up a detonator to a special box to reveal the contents inside. At one point we had to look through a special ocular apparatus to uncover hidden messages. Some clues were right in front of us. Other times we had to engage with different guests to see if they had the necessary object or approach the stage to request special items.

The shared experience is in the vein of an escape room but instead of trying to escape, the goal is more about teams collaborating in a very unique and fun way to solve a series of puzzles for the ultimate payoff. 

It’s part Vaudeville, Rube Goldberg, Rubiks Cube, and pure magic!

Strangers become friends, unknown talents are tapped into, and cheering ensues when a team successfully unlocks their lock. In Survivor like fashion alpha individuals take over, barking orders while other teams employ friendly delegation techniques. The room is filled with frenzied commands and gasps at “aha” moments. Yes, there will be some stumbling blocks and good natured confusion. Fortunately there are plenty of helpers available to assist to keep the momentum going.

One after another, keys are found, locks are unlocked as the anticipation builds to what could possibly be inside? Like any good magic trick, I’m not going to spoil that answer and you will have to find out for yourself. I will say that it’s worth it!

Bring a date, grab your closest friends, take your parents, set up an ice breaker session for your workmates and buy a ticket to the 49 Boxes quickly as the events sell out in a flash. We can’t wait to return, be dispatched to a bygone era and do it again!

www.49boxes.com

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The 2018 L.A. Times Festival of Books Will Feature Diana Gabaldon, Junot Diaz, Patton Oswalt, Joyce Carol Oates & Hundreds More

Today the L.A. Times announces the lineup for the 23rd annual Festival of Books. Featured authors include Junot Diaz, Walter Mosley, Gabrielle Union, Patton Oswalt, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Joyce Carol Oates, Jorge Ramos, John Scalzi, Tayari Jones, Lawrence Wright, Rick Riordan, Ngugi Wa Thiong’o, Dennis Lehane, Janet Mock, Kate DiCamillo, Reza Aslan, Dave Eggers and, for the first time, Diana Gabaldon.

But that’s only scratching the surface. More than 400 authors, illustrators, performers and new media creators will participate in the two-day festival April 21-22. See the complete schedule HERE.

Gabaldon, author of the “Outlander” series, will be there on Saturday, her first appearance at the Festival of Books.

Although Eggers and Diaz are known for their literary fiction for adults, both are coming to Los Angeles to present their books for children; Diaz’ is “Islandborn” and Eggers’, “The Lifters.”

Riordan, famous for his own kids book series, will come to the festival with an author he is publishing with his imprint at Disney: Roshani Chokshi, who is launching her new Pandava adventure series.

Some favorite young adult authors coming to the festival include Melissa de la Cruz, Gayle Forman, Nic Stone, Marie Lu, Maureen Johnson, Gloria Chao, Robin Benway, Rachel Cohn and David Levithan.

L.A. Times critcs at large Nguyen and Alexander Chee will be in conversation (Chee’s upcoming book is the memoir “How to Write an Autobiographical Novel”); critic at large Rebecca Carroll will interview novelist Jones, Oprah’s latest pick for her book club; and critic at large Scalzi, whose upcoming novel is “Head On,” will be in conversation with actor and writer Wil Wheaton.

Discussions of politics, activism and America in the age of President Trump will include Sarah Kendzior, David Cay Johnston, co-authors David Corn and Michael Isikoff, broadcaster Ramos, activists Paola Mendoza and Patrisse Kahn-Cullors, all of whom have new books.

Also talking about their books are actors Union, Vivica A. Fox, Ed Asner, Jenna Fischer, Mike Epps and Leslie Odom Jr. Valerie Bertinelli will appear on the cooking stage for her new cookbook.

Musician Viv Albertine of the Slits will join a discussion about women changing culture; chef Edward Lee will be discussing America and food; Erwin Chemerinsky discusses our endangered Constitution; Justina Blakeney will talk about bohemian home design; Tim O’Reilly talks about business innovation; Antonio Damasio will talk about writing about big science ideas; Caitlin Doughty tells us what we should know about death and Geoff Dyer will talk about photography and narrative.

Mystery writers who will participate include Mosley, Lehane, Attica Locke, T. Jefferson Parker, Ryan Gattis, Joe Ide, Lee Goldberg, Stuart Woods, Naomi Hirahara and Ivy Pochoda.

Other writers coming to the festival include novelists Jenny Zhang, Edan Lepucki, Luis Alberto Urrea, Leni Zumas, Claire Messud, Victor La Valle, Madeline Miller and Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi; popular historians Mark Bowden and Yunte Huang; poets David St. John and Carol Muske-Dukes, graphic novelist Mimi Pond and hundreds more.

The event takes place on the campus of USC, where entrance is free. Presale passes, which include entry to ticketed events, are available for sale beginning today; on April 15, individual event tickets will go on sale.

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Mark Hamill Hollywood Walk of Fame Ceremony

Today, Mark Hamill was honored with the 2,630th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in front of the El Capitan Theatre with special guests Harrison Ford, George Lucas, Billie Lourd, Kelly Marie Tran and R2-D2.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is coming home digitally in HD and 4K Ultra HD and via Movies Anywhere on March 13 and Blu-ray on March 27.

                             

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Meet Richard Chizmar At Barnes & Noble In Bel Air, MD On June 19, 2017

Richard Chizmar’s only confirmed book signing and public event for Gwendy’s Button Box will be held at 6:30 PM on June 19, 2017 at the Barnes & Noble in Bel Air, Maryland.

Here is the store’s address:

Barnes & Noble
620 Marketplace Drive
Bel Air, MD 21014

Richard will be reading from Gwendy’s Button Box and answering your questions about the book, working with Stephen King, and anything else you’ve always wanted to ask the founder of Cemetery Dance Publications!

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Apple Sends Out Media Invites For June 5 WWDC Keynote

Apple has sent out press invites for its the keynote at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference, being held from June 5 – 9, 2017 in San Jose, CA.

The keynote is scheduled to open the conference on June 5, and will likely see Apple unveil major new versions of iOS, tvOS, watchOS, and macOS, with developer preview editions to follow shortly thereafter.

While new hardware announcements have become less common during the developer-focused event, recent rumors have suggested that Apple could use the event to unveil its new Siri home control hub and speaker.

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Star Wars Force Friday II Will Be On September 1, 2017

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Disney and Lucasfilm announced Star Wars Force Friday II, a global fan event celebrating the launch of new products inspired by the highly anticipated “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” Toys, collectibles, books, apparel and more will go on sale beginning at 12:01 a.m. on September 1, 2017, with stores around the world opening for a weekend-long celebration of all things Star Wars.

 Star Wars fans around the globe embraced Force Friday in 2015, with hundreds of thousands turning up to stores at midnight to be the first to get their hands on merchandise from “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” Toys from the new line were revealed via a global live-stream unboxing event that unfolded over 18 hours, 15 different cities and 12 countries, attracting millions of views on YouTube. Fans took to social media to share their experiences with nearly 3 billion Twitter impressions about the events, using #ForceFriday.

 Details of how fans can participate will be revealed closer to the event but the world-wide launch will tap new technology and Star Wars mythology to create a unique experience for fans. Just like 2015, products for “The Last Jedi” will be kept under wraps until Force Friday II to preserve surprises for fans. As well as introducing new characters from the movie in toy form, the line will build on the success of products like Sphero’s BB-8, introducing more innovative technology to bring the characters and stories from the film to life in unique ways.

Also being revealed today is a first look at packaging for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” products which feature leading heroes: Poe Dameron, Rey and Finn. The trio will be featured on Star Wars packaging beginning September 1, 2017.

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Fans can stay tuned to StarWars.com for more details on Force Friday II events, and can follow the conversation on social using #ForceFridayII.

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Apple Announces September 7 Event

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Apple has sent out media invitations to its upcoming event, slated for Sept. 7. The invite features a series of colored dots and a simple caption: “See you on the 7th.” The event is being held at 10 a.m. Pacific time, in San Francisco’s Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. It’s expected that we’ll see the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus debut at the event, along with launch dates for iOS 10, tvOS 10, and watchOS 3. It’s also conceivable that we’ll see new Apple Watch models and new MacBook Pro models.

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Stephen King To Open Main Stage At 2016 National Book Festival

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The Library of Congress announced today that Stephen King will open the Main Stage of the 2016 Library of Congress National Book Festival with a presentation and recognition by the Library of his lifelong work promoting literacy. Tickets will be required for the King presentation. Tickets will be free and will be issued electronically beginning Sept. 14. Please check the Library of Congress website at loc.gov/bookfest for more details.

Tickets are not required for other presentations or activities at the festival.

The National Book Festival will be held Sept. 24 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. The King presentation will be from 11 a.m. – noon on the festival’s Main Stage, which will be located on the third floor. There will not be a book signing.

“Due to Stephen King’s popularity, we anticipate the volume of interest will exceed seating capacity,” said festival co-director Guy Lamolinara. “A ticketed process will make for the most orderly and fair opportunity for Mr. King’s fans to see this presentation.”

Seating will be first-come, first-served. Ticket holders must be seated by 10:30 a.m. Holding a ticket does not guarantee entry. There is a limit of two tickets per person. Accessibility accommodations should be made no later than Sept. 19 by calling 202-707-6362 or ADA@loc.gov. ASL services are offered at all book festival presentations.

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Get Pop-Cultured With Barnes & Noble Back By Popular Demand Starting July 6 At Stores Nationwide

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Barnes & Noble announced that Get Pop-Cultured with Barnes & Noble (www.bn.com/getpop-cultured), a month-long celebration of pop culture with special events customers won’t want to miss, is back by popular demand for the third consecutive year. Running from July 6 through August 7, this year’s Get Pop-Cultured campaign continues the popular tradition with unique special events, author appearances, exclusive content, special offers and giveaways that the whole family can enjoy.

Barnes & Noble first launched the Get Pop-Cultured campaign back in 2014 to bring to life customers’ favorite books, characters, movies, artists, illustrators and pop-culture icons. It was such a hit with fans of all ages and interests that Barnes & Noble established the month-long celebration of pop culture as an annual tradition.This year’s lineup features some of the biggest media properties and names in pop culture today, including Finding Dory, Star Wars, Pokémon, tokidoki, Manga, DC Comics, Marvel, Comic Convention Collectibles and Harry Potter. In addition, throughout the Get Pop-Cultured campaign, Barnes & Noble stores across the country will welcome customers’ favorite authors, illustrators and celebrities including Michael Ian Black, Shane Dawson, Chris Colfer, Pen Jillette, Oli White and Issa Rae, plus more to be announced in the coming weeks.

Get Pop-Cultured with Barnes & Noble Lineup:

Below are the highlights from this year’s lineup, with more details to be announced in the coming days and weeks.

Finding Dory: Friday, July 8, at 7PM

Barnes & Noble invites customers to dive into the excitement as stores nationwide celebrate family and all things Dory. Children will have the opportunity to participate in a swimmingly fun scavenger hunt, as well as other activities and giveaways.

Star Wars: Friday, July 15, at 7PM

Barnes & Noble is calling fans of all ages who love Wookiees, Storm Troopers and Jedi Knights to participate in special offers, trivia, bingo, giveaways, cosplay and a special learn-to-play Star Wars X-Wing™ Game event.

Pokémon: Saturday, July 16, at 4PM

Customers can visit their local Barnes & Noble store at 4PM to learn how to become a Pokémon Champion, take a photo with a Pikachu and Charizard standee, enjoy a special offer, and more as we celebrate 20 years of Pokémon at stores nationwide.

Introducing tokidoki Back-To-School and Stationery Product Lines, Available Exclusively at Barnes & Noble Starting July 16

On July 16, Barnes & Noble will launch the never-before-seen tokidoki back-to-school and stationery product lines, which will be sold exclusively at all Barnes & Noble stores nationwide through Summer 2016. An innovative line of apparel, tokidoki has built a worldwide following with its larger-than-life characters and designs. All Barnes & Noble stores will feature a table with tokidoki stationery, coloring products and back-to-school items, including a backpack, messenger bag, duffle bag, keyring, coloring book, sketchbook, notebook, pencil case, and much more. To celebrate the arrival of tokidoki, Barnes & Noble will be giving away free limited edition character trading cards and buttons in stores nationwide on July 16, while supplies last.

Manga: Saturday, July 16, at 7PM

Fans of Manga can come to Barnes & Noble and enjoy drawing and coloring activities from renowned Manga artist Camilla d’Errico, in addition to other activities, cosplay and giveaways. Plus, they can receive a special offer on all Manga from July 6 through July 19, with the exciting details to be announced during Get Pop-Cultured.

Comic Convention Collectibles: Available Starting July 21

The massively popular Comic Convention Collectibles will be on sale exclusively at Barnes & Noble from July 21 through July 24, while supplies last, with a limit of two per customer. The assortment will feature Funko and Diamond Collectibles.

DC Comics: Saturday, July 23, at 7PM

Barnes & Noble customers can be the first to get a free Suicide Squad Special Edition #1 comic and enjoy giveaways, activities and cosplay. Plus, customers can receive a special offer on all DC Comics Graphic Novels from July 20 through July 24, with the exciting details to be announced during Get Pop-Cultured.

Harry Potter Countdown to Midnight Party: Saturday, July 30, at 8PM

Harry Potter fans are invited to Countdown to Midnight and the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One & Two, a special rehearsal edition script book, which goes on sale July 31 at midnight. They are also invited to share their favorite memories of Harry Potter on Barnes & Noble’s special Muggle Wall, as well as participate in other activities and giveaways. Plus, fans can enter for a chance to win a set of 7 Harry Potter Limited Edition Cover Prints, available exclusively at Barnes & Noble. They can ask a bookseller for complete details and official rules.

On July 31, fans are invited back to their local Barnes & Noble store to celebrate the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One & Two all day with special events and activities, and to share perspectives on the new book.

Marvel: Saturday, August 6, at 7PM

Customers can come to Barnes & Noble and explore the Marvel Universe plus get exclusive samplers, including the first storyline for Mosaic. They can also enjoy trivia, coloring, cosplay, special offers and more. Plus, customers can receive a special offer on all Marvel Graphic Novels from July 25 through August 7, with the exciting details to be announced during Get Pop-Cultured.

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