Posts Tagged: J. K. Rowling

VISIBLE: Women Writers of Color: Aurvi Sharma

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Aurvi Sharma discusses her memoir-in-progress, finding inspiration in ancient women’s voices, and writing against erasure.

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What to Read When Everyone Is Celebrating Dads

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Whether you are celebrating your father or cursing his name this Father’s Day, here’s a list of very good books about fathers from writers we love.

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Literary Rim Shots: A Chat with John Grisham

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John Grisham discusses his advice for young writers, the literary mafia, and why he finally wrote a (literal) beach read.

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The Read Along: Neda Semnani

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I picked up The Odyssey because I wanted to read about wanders and refugees. A story about a man who takes a decade to get home and is on a quest for safety seemed like a good place to start.

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12 Days of Potter

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Subscription website Pottermore, the Harry Potter-themed site run by author J.K. Rowling, is getting twelve days of new content. Widely reported as though Rowling is releasing twelve new stories, the new content is somewhat less elaborate, including such things as Rowling’s thoughts on Draco Malfoy and some new potions. New content will be available to […]

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Why We All Can’t Be J.K. Rowling

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After a panel at the House of Commons about copyright issues, author Joanne Harris writes in the Telegraph about the difficulty of being successful within the publishing industry. Among other factors, she attributes some of the failure to readers’ misconceptions about the lives of writers: Part of the problem…is that, thanks to the media, the […]

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J.K. Rowling Inks World Cup Potter Story

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The Quidditch World Cup Final is the pretense for Harry Potter’s latest adventure, a 1,500-word story available to subscribers of Pottermore, Rowling’s fan club website. “Dumbledore’s Army Reunites,” is written like a gossip column from the Daily Prophet, the wizarding world’s newspaper of record. Electric Literature says the story featuring the thirty-something characters is likely […]

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J.K. Rowling’s Literary World

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A boozy editor; a powerful though closeted publisher who retreats to the countryside to paint naked youths; a jealous literary agent whose own writing is “deplorably derivative”; a much-revered but pompous and sexist novelist; a writer of “bloody awful erotic fantasy”; and the victim’s wife, who ignores his books until they have “proper covers.” Then […]

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Indie Bookstores Win Amazon/Hachette War

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The ongoing battle between Amazon and Hachette has been a boon for independent booksellers. Hachette’s refusal to capitulate to Amazon’s demands has meant that big-name books, like J.K. Rowling’s latest mystery The Silkworm (published under the pen name Robert Galbraith), can’t be pre-ordered from the online giant. According to the New York Times, Seattle indie bookseller Third […]

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Ernest Hemingway Was…

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You may have seen the recent series of UN Women ads using screenshots of Google auto-complete suggestions to educate viewers about sexist stereotypes. This Book Riot post does the same thing but with famous authors—for example, when you type in “Ernest Hemingway was,” what does Google predict you’ll type next? According to Book Riot, “the takeaways […]

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Mystery Solved: Galbraith is Actually Rowling

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If you read Robert Galbraith’s debut novel, a detective thriller called The Cuckoo’s Clock, and thought it was remarkably well constructed for a first-timer, you weren’t alone. Nor were you incorrect: the actual author has been revealed to be J. K. Rowling, whom you may remember as the author of some children’s books about a wizard […]

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Authors Deface Own Books for Charity

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Literary organization English PEN has chosen an interesting way to raise funds: ask authors to annotate first editions of their books, and then auction them off. J. K. Rowling is the prize catch in terms of predicted auction money, but 49 other writers are participating, from Philip Pullman to Jeanette Winterson. …Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney, looking […]

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