Kate Winslet to release 'The Golden Hat,' a book of photos and poetry, to support autism awareness


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Simon & Schuster will publish The Golden Hat, a book by Oscar-winner Kate Winslet that will feature self-portraits of celebrities and other notable persons, including Winslet herself, all wearing a “magical” hat. The title and concept were inspired by a poem by Keli Ericsdottir, a boy suffering from a severe case of non-verbal autism whom Winslet met while narrating the documentary A Mother’s Courage: Talking Back to Autism. The poem describes a hat that enables an autistic boy to communicate with others.

Winslet’s book tells the story of her friendship with the Ericsdottir family and includes Keli’s poetry and writings. The photographed celebrities will each reflect on what their first words would be if they were suddenly able to communicate after years of silence. The list of celebrities who will be donning the magic hat includes Anna Wintour, Ben Stiller, Brigitte Lacombe, Christina Aguilera, David Souffan, Demi Moore, Don Cheadle, Elijah Wood, Ellen Page, Javier Bardem, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jude Law, Julianne Moore, Kevin Bacon, Kyra Sedgwick, Laura Dern, Liev Schreiber, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Maria Sharapova, Marion Cottillard, Meryl Streep, Michael Kors, Naomi Watts, Pedro Almodovar, Peter Sarsgaard, and Ricky Gervais. The book is planned for November 2011.

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  • Clayton

    Sounds really cool. When will this be released?

    • HC

      RE: Clayton “The book is planned for November 2011″

      This sounds like a lovely book!

  • kat

    I love this woman.

  • tf5623

    What a great thing to do, looking forward to the book’s release.

  • nan

    Kate Winslet exudes class. What a woman! Sounds like a very cool book for a great cause.

  • angeljake

    Love Kate…so gorgeous…

  • matthew

    Just more reasons for me to love this woman <3

  • Amanda

    This is just such a great idea and so awesome that Kate and all those celebs are doing this! I will totally be checking this book out!

  • Cheryl F

    I’m a mother of a non-verbal autistic boy and my first thought when I saw the headline on the home page was, oh great, another celebrity blabbing on about autism….but this is very cool, indeed.

  • Amanda

    @Cheryl F You’ll be glad to hear that Kate is not only doing this, but she founded a non-profit organization called The Golden Hat Foundation that helps breaks the barriers for people with autism. She also narrated the documentary ‘A Mother’s Courage: Talking Back to Autisim’ for free. She was really affected by the story of that family and she’s not even personally connected to autism. That really speaks volumes about her as a person. Sweet lady.

  • Sarah

    This sounds like a very cool book and I will definitely have to buy it. Kate Winslet’s awesome!

  • Rush Limberger

    ya mutha has the emotional range of an autistic

    go eat a brick

  • FTS

    A fine cause, but as Oscar Wilde said “all bad poetry is sincere”.

  • Mark Potts

    Hope they find a cure for autism

  • victoria

    As someone with Autism, I sigh at the thought of another celebrity attempting to promote our ’cause’. I also hope it does not create the preconception that autistic people are non-verbal. it is a very few who are non-verbal, and a magic hat that allows people with autism to communicate is a very naive understanding of what autism is. For the majority of us it has nothing to do with words or talking, everything to do with knowing the right words for the right situation and making our words understood. Maybe they need to imagine a golden gag instead of a golden hat, that makes all the words you say come out with a different meaning.

  • Tracey Tillman

    Comment to Victoria’s statement:
    Actually, it is a well known statistic that 50% of those with autism never develop functional speech – you can google it. You are lucky your child has some speech, but for those who don’t, they are more than likey overlooked and discounted as non-human beings, mentally incapable of being an asset to society. BIG HUGE kudos to Kate for her work to give a voice to this population of kids / adults. It is about time people realize that autism is spectrum with many different characteristics. Bringing light to those who are nonverbal is LONG LONG overdue.

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