NYC – The Struggles of Game Design

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Join Strand Book Store in the Rare Book Room on Wednesday September 27th at 7:00 PM as Jason Schreier joins game developers Amanda Gardner (Perception) and Bill Gardner (Bioshock) to discuss the ups-and-downs of video game development, moderated by Jake Baldino from the hit YouTube channel Gameranx.

JASON SCHREIER is the news editor at Kotaku, a leading website covering the industry and culture of video games, where he has developed a reputation for fearless reporting on a variety of tough industry subjects. He has also covered the video game world for Wired, and has contributed to a wide range of outlets including The New York Times, EdgePaste, Kill Screen, and The Onion News Network. This is his first book.

AMANDA GARDNER: A lifelong gamer, Amanda has been fully-immersed in the geek lifestyle for as long as she can remember. Amanda writes all the things – books, video games (Perception), parenting and mindfulness blog posts, you name it. When she’s not writing, she’s juggling her four children and teaching yoga. Amanda also serves as the Perception’s producer, a role she was born for, considering all she does is chase after people anyway.

BILL GARDNER spent over twelve years in various design roles at Irrational Games. On games like SWAT 4BioShock and BioShock Infinite, he worked as Level Designer, Lead Designer, Design Director and User Experience Specialist. He’s had his hand in all aspects of Irrational’s award-winning design, and even managed to walk away with a few accolades of his own. Now Creative Director at The Deep End Games, Bill spent the past three years on Perception, a video game about a blind woman exploring a haunted mansion. Now out for PS4/XB1/PC.

JAKE BALDINO is a producer of video game, entertainment, and technology related content and has fun doing it. He is a host, creator, and lead producer of the hit channel Gameranx on YouTube and talks about all things movie and game related on his personal platform BecauseVideoGames.

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(212) 473-1452

AR – An Evening with LeVar Burton

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LeVar Burton, star of Reading Rainbow, Roots, and Star Trek: The Next Generation, appears at the Fayetteville Public Library on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 from 7:00 to 8:00 pm!

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The Fayetteville Public Library will be celebrating 10 years in the Blair Library building in October. To help honor the library’s commitment to building early literacy skills in our community and celebrate the landmark opening of the award-winning library in 2004, the library will host a special Evening with LeVar Burton, literacy advocate, actor, writer, and director on Wednesday, October 22nd at 7pm. The event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, doors open at 6pm.

LeVar Burton has been capturing the admiring attention of both audiences and his industry peers for three decades and continues to enjoy longevity truly rare within the industry.

Launching his acting career in the groundbreaking role of Kunta Kinte in the landmark television series ROOTS, Burton found himself on the cover of Time Magazine at the age of 19. Shortly thereafter, Burton achieved further global acclaim as Chief Engineer Geordi LaForge in Star Trek: The Next Generation TV series and feature films.

From 1983 until 2009, Burton was the host and producer of the beloved Peabody Award winning PBS children’s series, Reading Rainbow. LeVar has recently reimagined Reading Rainbow through his company RRKidz and its award-winning mobile library. The all-new Reading Rainbow app is the number one educational app on iTunes and delivers hundreds of quality books and video field trips.

Coming from a family of educators and as a result of his work on Reading Rainbow, LeVar speaks passionately on the topics of children’s literacy and has been a keynote speaker at South by Southwest (SXSW), Edu, and received the Eliot-Pearson Award for Excellence in Children’s Media from Tufts University. Also the honored recipient of twelve Emmy Awards, a Grammy and five NAACP awards, LeVar has demonstrated in his career that he can do it all, be it acting, directing, producing or educating.

The evening’s discussion will be moderated by KUAF’s Ozarks at Large, producer Kyle Kellams. The public is invited to celebrate the occasion with cake and coffee following the event.

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401 W Mountain St, Fayetteville, AR 72701
479.856.7000