Read an Excerpt from Tom DeLonge’s ‘Poet Anderson’ Novel

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When Angels and Airwaves revealed they would be releasing a new album this year (just a few weeks ago to be exact), frontman Tom DeLonge also revealed that the new album would just be the tip of a multi-platform story.

In addition to the record, DeLonge unveiled that a short film and a novel would be also in the works, telling the story of the protagonist, Poet Anderson.

As of now, we have received the full record as well as seen the trailer for the short film which recently won the “Best Animated Film” category at the Toronto International Short Film Festival.

Today, things changed about the status of the novel when DeLonge took to Instagram to upload a screenshot of an excerpt from the book titled, what else, Poet Anderson.

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Poet Anderson is currently set to be released this Spring. The novel was a joint effort between DeLonge and Suzanne Young. As for the short film, Poet Anderson: The Dream Walker and The Dream Walker album, both were released on Dec. 9 through DeLonge’s record label, To The Stars.

New ‘Harry Potter’ Spin-Off Story About The Singing Sorceress

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It must feel like Christmas to Harry Potter fans because the franchise’s mastermind, J.K. Rowling, has released another mini-companion story to the hit book franchise.

This time, instead of concentrating on our beloved characters like last time, this story or biography, rather, concentrates on a character that Rowling said was always in the background of the story, but never played a big role in the story.

The character’s name is Celestina Warbeck or as she is known in the Wizarding World, “The Singing Sorceress.” In her blog post about the new “story,” Rowling admits the Celestina was one of her favorite “off-stage” characters and when she was thinking about her appearance, she modeled her after popular Welsh singer, Shirley Bassey.

The new story concentrates on Warbeck’s background including the fact that she attended Hogwarts and was sorted into Gryffindor. The background also unveils that her father was a wizard working in the Muggle Liaison Office while her mother was, what else, a muggle. Her parents met when her mother had been attacked by a Lethifold when it disguised itself as a stage curtain.

The biography also reveals how Warbeck’s mother reluctantly allowed her daughter to attend Hogwarts after it was discovered there weren’t any wizarding stage school in the Wizarding World. Her other was persistent one, though. She tried to get Hogwarts to create a choir, a theater club and dancing classes to showcase her daughter’s talents.

But, Rowling does somehow make a connection between Warbeck and our favorite characters. In the biography, Rowling writes how due to her popularity tickets are often sold on the black market at elevated prices which is why Molly Weasley has not been able to see her favorite singer live.

The full biography for Celestina Warbeck is currently up on Pottermore, but for those of us who can’t quite remember our passwords (and username for that matter), the TODAY Show has it posted on their website.

Now, how long until Rowling graces us with another Harry Potter spin-off mini story?

Morrissey Autobiography IS Happening

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You know the Morrissey autobiography that has been lost in limbo for sometime now? Well, it looks like the ever-elusive piece of literature will indeed be happening after so much procrastination and push backs.

Last month, talks started once again that the book might not even happen when Morrissey got into a content disagreement with his publishing company, Penguin Classics. Some sources at that point were started to doubt that the book even existed when it turned out that not even some review copies had been printed and Morrissey was at that point fishing for another publisher.

To those nay-sayers that we doubting the existence of the book, it looks like it was very much real and alive and that the former-Smiths frontman and the publishing company have put the dispute behind them. The official release date for Morrissey’s Autobiography is due out October 17.

For now, you can read the full press release on behalf of Penguin Classics about the book.

On 17 October 2013, Penguin Classics will publish Autobiography by Morrissey.

Steven Patrick Morrissey was born in Manchester on May 22nd 1959. Singer-songwriter and co-founder of the Smiths (1982-1987), Morrissey has been a solo artist for twenty-six years, during which time he has had three number 1 albums in England in three different decades.

Achieving eleven Top 10 albums (plus nine with the Smiths), his songs have been recorded by David Bowie, Nancy Sinatra, Marianne Faithfull, Chrissie Hynde, Thelma Houston, My Chemical Romance and Christy Moore, amongst others.

An animal protectionist, in 2006 Morrissey was voted the second greatest living British icon by viewers of the BBC, losing out to Sir David Attenborough. In 2007 Morrissey was voted the greatest northern male, past or present, in a nationwide newspaper poll. In 2012, Morrissey was awarded the Keys to the City of Tel-Aviv.

It has been said ‘Most pop stars have to be dead before they reach the iconic status that Morrissey has reached in his lifetime.’

Penguin Classics will publish in the UK & Commonwealth and Europe.