Critical Linking: August 15, 2013

Park attendees will be able to join in the Celebration activities, which will include Q&As with the stars and the filmmakers, lessons in wand dueling and other muggle fun. … There are also rumours that the Celebration may involve a soft launch of the park’s awaited Diagon Alley attraction, which is reportedly opening next June.

Start saving money (and looking for scalped tickets): there’s going to be a celebration of Harry Potter in Florida next January.


While the big books are bigger than ever thanks to the dynamics of book retailing and the frictionless e-book purchasing environment, the most important ingredients of a blockbuster never change, says Michael Pietsch, CEO of Hachette Book Group. “I think it’s the surprise and originality that lead to the giant scale,” says Pietsch, whose roster of writers includes Patterson. “That’s why there are all these delicious stories of the book that was rejected by 96 publishers – because people are looking at what worked in the past.”

E.L. James tops Forbes’ list of top-earning authors, but didn’t do it the way other writers like Danielle Steel and Stephen King have in the past. She surprised everyone with a mega-popular book.


In a press release, [Ron] Burgundy stated, “I don’t know if it’s the greatest autobiography ever written. I’m too close to the work.” He also added, “I will tell you this much: the first time I sat down and read this thing…I cried like a goddamn baby, and you can take that to the bank!”

Joining the ranks of other Fictional Characters Who Wrote Memoirs, anchorman Ron Burgundy will be releasing a memoir this fall called Let Me Off at the Top!: My Classy Life and Other Musings. This will likely be an addition to my collection of leather-bound books.

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