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A very accurate prediction of LeVar Burton’s night hosting the National Book Awards.

Jonny Diamond

November 20, 2019, 12:06pm

In honor of the great LeVar Burton—reader, actor, Renaissance man, and host of tonight’s 70th-Annual National Book Awards—here’s our GIF-based preview of how his night will probably go.

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6:30pm
Enters with entourage.

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6:35pm
Inspects (and approves) the final seating arrangements.

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6:50pm
Gives a rousing pep talk to Team Book.

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7pm
Is introduced to his dining companions at the head table.

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7:05pm
Takes the stage to a rousing chorus of adulation.

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7:15pm
Takes us through the evening’s nominees.

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7:20pm
Gets really serious for a moment about the real world.

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8:15pm
Enjoying the frank ribaldry of Edmund White’s lifetime achievement award acceptance.

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9:20pm
Making sure the show finishes on time.

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9:28pm
Delivers his stirring closing words.

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10:35pm
Hits the dance floor! (Please let this happen.)

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Midnight
Heading out into the night to spread the gospel of books.

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