Book Bites: Rowling’s ‘Fantastic Beasts’ heads to huge screen

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Source:   —  April 25, 2016, at 1:52 AM

K. Rowling, anything is possible – including her net worth of $1 billion from the four hundred fifty million-plus copies of her seven-title “Harry Potter” series (not including “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” a play based on a Rowling story, to be staged in July).

Book Bites: Rowling’s ‘Fantastic Beasts’ heads to huge screen

In the world of British fantasy writer J. K. Rowling, anything is possible – including her net worth of $1 billion from the four hundred fifty million-plus copies of her seven-title “Harry Potter” series (not including “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” a play based on a Rowling story, to be staged in July).

The of a spinoff from the series, will screen in November, the first of a planned trilogy. One description: “It explores New York’s secret community of witches and wizards decades before Harry Potter is born,” starring Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander.

Sci-fi lands at the Verge

In three series and nine novels, A-list sci-fi writer Kim Stanley Robinson of Davis has time-traveled backward and forward on Earth, visited Mars and explored far-distant galaxies.

He'll show up for at seventh p. m. Friday, April twenty-nine, at the Verge Middle For the Arts, six hundred twenty-five S St., Sacramento. Stories on Stage is a literary series at which local actors perform authors’ brief works. Reading Robinson’s new brief story, will be Blair Leatherwood.

A $10 donation is suggested.

Author appearances

Sacramento City College journalism Prof January Haag for her essay in the anthology seven p. m. Thursday, April twenty-eight, at Time Certified Books, one thousand one hundred fourteen twenty-first St., Sacramento, 916-447-5696.

Sacramento artist and instructor Mario Estioko for a collection of of “things that just don’t go together, love brain freeze and surgeons.” At 7:30 p. m. Friday, April twenty-nine, at the Avid Reader, six hundred seventeen Second St., Davis, 530-759-1599.

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