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Why Reading Rainbow's LeVar Burton is launching a story-reading series for kids and adults

LeVar Burton Reads kicks off today on the actor's Twitter account with Neil Gaiman’s We Can Get Them for You Wholesale. He'll also read a children's book and a young adult book each week. “I’m looking to give people some diversion and escape… not apocalypse,” Burton tells Variety. He notes that even though the plot of the Gaiman story deals with contract killers, “It’s not dark — it’s humorous.” Burton first had to figure out copyright issues. Gaiman responded, saying: "You have my blanket permission for any of my stories Levar.” Twitter is also helping Burton out. “Twitter is going out of their way to make sure I’m comfortable with the technology,” he says.