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.
Enters with entourage.
Inspects (and approves) the final seating arrangements.
Gives a rousing pep talk to Team Book.
Is introduced to his dining companions at the head table.
Takes the stage to a rousing chorus of adulation.
Takes us through the evening’s nominees.
Gets really serious for a moment about the real world.
Enjoying the frank ribaldry of Edmund White’s lifetime achievement award acceptance.
Making sure the show finishes on time.
Delivers his stirring closing words.
Hits the dance floor! (Please let this happen.)
Heading out into the night to spread the gospel of books.