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Rowling: Harvard Speech To Be Published in 2015

Posted by Lilysowl On December - 3 - 2014

JK RowlingLittle, Brown and Company announced they will publish the Commencement Speech that J.K. Rowling made to the Harvard Class of 2008.  It is titled Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination.  The publication will be an illustrated book of Rowling’s “words of wisdom” from her profound and eloquent speech.  It is to benefit anyone who is at a life-changing point in his or her life.

Little, Brown and Company has commissioned Joel Holland to do the illustrations.  They have scheduled the book to be released no sooner than April 14 2015.  However, it can be pre-ordered from various outlets.

90% from the sales of the publication will benefit Lumos, a charity organisation founded by J.K. Rowling which has a mission to transform the lives of disadvantaged children.  The remaining 10% will be for university-wide financial aid at Harvard University.

For more information about the book, click here for the publishers’ UK website and here at their US website.

Very Good Lives - The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination

Source:  J.K. Rowling Official Facebook Page

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JK RowlingWe previously reported that Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling not only agreed to a movie adaptation of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Warner Bros., but she will be writing the screenplay as well.  Now, according to an article posted online by Time magazine, the film will be in three parts.  The first part will take place in New York, seven decades before Harry Potter and his friends were born.  The protagonist will be the “magizoologist” author of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Newt Scamander himself.

Originally, Ms. Rowling wrote the book, so that the profits will benefit UK’s Comic Relief , along with Quidditch Through The Ages.  The books were mentioned in the Harry Potter series as part of the boy wizard’s curriculum at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.  They are available to us, Muggles, at any retail bookstore.  But the e-book editions are available at the Pottermore Shop.

The article quoted Emma Watson (Hermione Granger) from an interview with MTV in reference to the film:

“I would definitely be up for a cameo!”

If she did have one, naturally it wouldn’t be as the character to which she is well-known.  Or would it?  After all, we have learned that J.K. Rowling’s writing can be filled with magical surprises since that profound first chapter “The Boy Who Lived”.

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J.K. Rowling Confirms Robert Galbraith Pseudonym

Posted by Lilysowl On July - 15 - 2013

J.K. RowlingAfter it was revealed that Robert Galbraith, author of The Cuckoo’s Calling, was actually the pseudonym for J.K. Rowling (which we reported here), Rowling typed this confirmation for her official website:

“I hoped to keep this secret a little longer, because being Robert Galbraith has been such a liberating experience! It has been wonderful to publish without hype or expectation and pure pleasure to get feedback from publishers and readers under a different name. The upside of being rumbled is that I can publicly thank my editor David Shelley, who has been a true partner in crime, all those people at Little, Brown who have been working so hard on The Cuckoo’s Calling without realizing that I wrote it, and the writers and reviewers, both in the newspapers and online, who have been so generous to the novel.  And to those who have asked for a sequel, Robert fully intends to keep writing the series, although he will probably continue to turn down personal appearances.”

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Sequel to The Cuckoo’s Calling to be in 2014

Posted by Lilysowl On July - 15 - 2013

The Cuckoo's Calling and Harry PotterWe previously reported that Robert Galbraith who was named as the author of The Cuckoo’s Calling is really the pseudonym for Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling.  BBC News posted a follow-up article to report that the novel initially sold fewer than 500 books.  Once J.K. Rowling’s “secret” was revealed, the book “rose more than 5,000 places to top Amazon’s sales list”.  And the digitial version is now number one in the iTunes book chart.

Rowling had hoped to keep the secret a little longer.  But when it was discovered that she and Robert Galbraith have the same agent and the same editor, further investigation revealed that Rowling and Galbraith were the same person, in spite of Galbraith’s fictitious biography of having been a “former plain-clothes Royal Military Police investigator who had left the armed forces in 2003 to work in the civilian security industry”.

The article quoted a few comments about the book from a few good sources:

A spokesman for bookseller Waterstones said: “This is the best act of
literary deception since Stephen King was outed as Richard Bachman back in the

One reviewer described The Cuckoo’s Calling as a “scintillating debut”, while
another praised the male author’s ability to describe women’s clothes.

Crime writer Peter James told the Sunday Times: “I thought it was by a very
mature writer, and not a first-timer.”

Fellow crime author Mark Billingham, who reviewed the book ahead of its
publication in April, said he was “gobsmacked” at the revelation.

According to the article, Rowling had mentioned a few times in the past that she considered writing under a pseudonym after the Harry Potter books were completed.  In fact, a video of Rowling admitting that in an interview back in 2001 was embedded in the article.

There will be another Cormoran Strike book by Robert Galbraith to be published in 2014.

Click here to read the article and view the video.


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JKR: No Potter Prequel; New Book for the Young

Posted by Dijares On March - 9 - 2013

J.K. RowlingJ.K. Rowling attended the Independent Bath Literature Festival Friday night and, while there, was asked if she had any plans to write about the Marauders (James “Prongs” Potter, Sirius “Padfoot” Black, Remus “Moony” Lupin, and Peter “Wormtail” Pettigrew).  Her response was, sadly, in the negative.

“I’m never going to say never but I have no current plans. I think prequels are not generally very successful,” she said.

During the festival, she answered many fans’ questions.

She said she had her first french kiss at a disco club when she was 12-years-old with someone who was much older than her.

She says she’s become adept at writing in the front seat of a car while her three kids and dog are with her.

She was very up front when asked about the more adult content in her latest novel, The Casual Vacancy, which the BBC are adapting for television.

“I have never ever sat down and thought… ‘now is the moment to write a book with a penis or with swearing in it’. This was a book I was burning to write… I draw on my own adolescence… and on my experience of adolescents as a teacher… I see adolescence as very fragile. When I watch my two young children, who are eight and 10, they will watch shows on Nickelodeon where teenagers are wholly false.”

She did speak a bit about the current book she’s writing, stating it’s more for the age group that is younger than that of the Potter books.

“It will be shorter. I’m very bad at estimating what sort of age group will like this… I think it might be for slightly younger children.”

She admitted that by the year 2000 she would never be able to write anything like the Potter books again. She spoke of some of the struggles she had when she first started writing the Potter books, stating she would put them away for up to two months at a time.  Now she enjoys the solitude that writing provides her.

“One of my children said ‘if it was us or the books?’. I said ‘you, but I would be really grumpy’.”

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JKR Contest: Win Signed Copy of Casual Vacancy

Posted by Dijares On December - 12 - 2012

The Casual VacancyAn announcement was sent out today to tell of a new contest on JK Rowling’s website where three lucky winners can win a signed copy of the English version of The Casual Vacancy.

The contest is open to visitors world wide who are aged 18 and older.  It begins today at 2:00pm GMT and will end on Monday, December 17th, at midnight GMT.

To enter the prize draw, new subscribers to her website must enter the requested details, while existing subscribers must confirm they wish to be entered into the prize draw by re-entering their details on the website. See the terms and conditions here.

Good luck to everyone!

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Casual Vacancy TV Adaption Planned

Posted by Dijares On December - 3 - 2012

The Casual VacancyThe BBC have signed a deal for JK Rowling’s latest book, The Casual Vacancy, to be adapted into a TV series for BBC networks.  JK Rowling will work closely with the BBC during the project.  The number and length of the episodes haven’t been decided upon yet.  This will occur once the creative process begins.

JK Rolwing seems pleased with the turn out.

“I always felt that, if it were to be adapted, this novel was best suited to television, and I think the BBC is the perfect home.”


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JKR: Beedle the Bard E-Book Proceeds to Lumos

Posted by Dijares On November - 20 - 2012

JK RowlingJ.K. Rowling has announced in a new video that The Tales of Beedle the Bard is now available in e-book and that all proceeds of the e-book sales will go towards her charity, Lumos.

Lumos is a program that helps children around the world who are trapped in institutions.  The second video below has J.K. Rowling providing more information on the program.

To help support the Lumos charity and get The Tales of Beedle the Bard e-book, go to the Pottmore Shop here. Read the rest of this entry »

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Select Bookstores to Stream JKR’s NYC Appearance

Posted by Lilysowl On October - 16 - 2012

JK RowlingWe previously reported that J.K. Rowling will make only one appearance here in the US at the Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall in New York City on October 16, which is this evening, to answer fans’ questions, and do book signings for her new book, The Casual Vacancy.  According to the Hatchette Book Group’s site and Little, Brown & Company (publishers of The Casual Vacancy), a live webcast of J.K. Rowling’s appearance at the Hall will be shown at select bookstores here in the US.

The only bookstore in my state that will be broadcasting the webcast is The Bookstore in the Grove in Coconut Grove, FL.  When I spoke to a representative from the store to get details about the webcast, I was told it will be streamed onto their large television in their Cafe at 8:00pm this evening.  The publishers had sent the store an exclusive link which will be accessed when it is time for J.K. Rowling to appear on stage at the Hall.

Click here to find the booksellers who will broadcast the livestream in your area.  It may be necessary to call the store to confirm the time the webcast will be shown.

Thanks to The Bookstore in the Grove for the information!

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J.K. Rowling Answers Students’ Questions in Webcast

Posted by Dijares On October - 11 - 2012

J.K. RowlingJ.K. Rowling was in a live webcast today with Bloomsbury where she answered many questions about Harry Potter and herself.

She mainly talked about the Harry Potter books and their characters.  She also said a small bit about what she’ll write next. Here are a few of the things she discussed:

  • She knew that writing wasn’t a good career but she always wanted to write.
  • She said she had many teachers who helped her express yourself creatively.  She had a couple of primary teachers who allowed her to read her my work out loud which made her feel great pride. Lucy Sheppard was one of the teachers who helped her a lot  not only with writing but with life as well.
  • The first and last sentences she wrote in Harry Potter series were: First – She doesn’t remember it verbatim, but it had to do with a place called Dark’s Hallow which became Godric’s Hallow. Last – she doesn’t recall as it had to do with editing Deathly Hallows.
  • One of her favorite moments along the way having to do with the books include Harry receiving his wand and Luna’s first appearance. She also loves the graveyard scene in Goblet of Fire and small things like ‘stupid jingles that Peeves says.’
  • She also said that her second American tour was unbelievable as she could remember traveling in a car for 1st signing and blocks of people queuing and finding out the people were for her.
  • She read a read the portion of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s/Sorcerer’s Stone of Harry going into Ollivanders Wand Shop and getting his wand. She said she wrote this while under a tree in a park.
  • She says that Ron is perhaps more human than Harry because Harry is the hero. Ron sticks by Harry pretty much no matter what. Hermione is all about knowing stuff, so she is someone Harry needs. She’s very clever and she knows how to find out about stuff. She learns to loosen up a lot because of Ron.
  • She says that the three characters really need to learn about themselves and each other. But self-knowledge is key. The Deathly Hallows are things that are very self revealing depending on which one a person chooses and by the time the trio come along them they are really prepared to come in contact with the hallows.
  • Harry isn’t the most popular in the books… he is often the bystander and the eyes unto the world and slightly detached. She says this is the part of her that is in Harry… the slightly detached part as the writer.
  • Hermione is the exaggerated version of her.
  • Ron’s humor is the part of her.
  • She says that all of us have felt that we don’t have a sense of what’s going on especially at the age that these characters are at when the books start.
  • When asked if she knew that when writing these books whether they would help other children with their own challenges, she said no. It was only later that she realized this, especially how she got letters stating that the books have helped with bullying.
  • She said that the initial idea for Pottermore came about because she felt it was time to do something like this because people were asking about ebooks. And she felt it was time for them and that she finally had time for it. But she, inevitably, wanted to do more. She was excited to put a really good reading experience online. But the visitors get a lot of extra material for free.
  • She says that her next book will likely be a book for younger children, but she’s not committing to that. She has to see how she feels and whether she’s ready for another children’s book.

Rapid Questions:

  • Favorite color: pink
  • Favorite food: sushi
  • Least favorite food: tripe
  • Favorite sound: the sea or husband’s snore
  • Least favorite sound: husband’s snore when she wants to sleep
  • Favorite sport: quidditch
  • Favorite thing to do when not working: take kids out somewhere fun or draw listen to music cook and bake
  • Quality you must admire in a person: bravery
  • If I wasn’t a writer I would be: depressed

A replay of the webcast is now available here.

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