Critical Linking for June 26, 2015

You’ve read all the books, you’ve watched all the films, you’ve probably even been out to Watford to visit the Warner Bros studios, and now you can watch the play. JK Rowling’s boy wizard will hit the stage in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, written by Jack Thorne and directed by John Tiffany at the Palace Theatre, London in Summer 2016.

Rowling says that the play is about James and Lily Potter before they are killed by Voldemort, and also that it isn’t a prequel, two statements that seem hard to reconcile. At any rate, good luck getting tickets…..

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A rare copy of the first Bible to be printed in English, bought by its current owner for 25 shillings (£1.25), is to be auctioned next month. The William Tyndale translation of the New Testament into English is expected to fetch around £35,000 at Sotheby’s. Its anonymous owner bought the edition while looking around a secondhand bookshop in Cambridge in the 1960s, when he was a student.

Is it just me or does that seem like a pretty reasonable price for the first Bible printed in English?

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Organizers say the TeleStory program the first of its kind in the country. At the main branch of the Brooklyn Public Library in New York, families of inmates bring their children to a special room filled with toys and books. Even more unique: the room is virtually connected to a prison on Rikers Island. As part of the program, an inmate who has had training gets a rare opportunity: they get to read a book to their child.

Have to admit: I got a lump in my throat reading this story.

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