After a full week of wild speculation over the purpose of J.K. Rowling’s new site Pottermore, the Harry Potter author announced it to us Muggles this morning. Theories had ranged from a real-world treasure hunt to a MMORPG based on the books to the revelation that magic was actually real and that I had just been accepted to Hogwarts despite being far too old for it (wait, was that just me?), but according to the video uploaded to YouTube by Rowling (watch it below), Pottermore will actually be a comprehensive website with a number of features, including e-books and, Rowling says, “additional information I’ve been hoarding for years.” READ FULL STORY »
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On the Books June 9: Tea Obreht becomes youngest ever Orange Prize winner, J.K. Rowling builds her own Hagrid's hut?, and more
++ Ever since The New Yorker included 25-year-old Téa Obreht in their “20 under 40″ issue a year ago, the buzz for The Tiger’s Wife author hasn’t died down a bit. Yesterday, she became the youngest ever Orange Prize winner, beating out more seasoned writers like Emma Donaghue and Nicole Krauss. Obreht was the youngest author on the shortlist (which notably excluded Pulitzer-winner Jennifer Egan) by 13 years. READ FULL STORY »
On the Books Mar. 29: Perez Hilton's children's book, the secret life of editing 'Harry Potter,' and more
Perez Hilton, the bad boy of celebrity blogging, has written a children’s book, The Boy with the Pink Hair, set for a September 2011 release. Dare we say the protagonist of the story, a boy with a “shock of fabulous hair,” is at least loosely based on the author? The book promises to “celebrate individuality and acceptance.” Hilton has written two previous books for adults, Perez Hilton’s True Bloggywood Stories and Red Carpet Suicide: A Survival Guide on Keeping Up with the Hiltons.
Radiohead is launching The Universal Sigh, an unconventional international newspaper, containing voice-driven pieces and work by writers such as Robert McFarlane and Jay Griffiths. READ FULL STORY »
CollegeHumor has posted a hilarious article postulating seven excerpts from follow-ups to J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, increasing in hilarity as the author increases her alcohol intake. Honestly, we’d be lying if we said we wouldn’t buy any and all of these, including Larry Potter — A Brand New Novel by J.K. Rowling & 4 Glasses of Cabernet. Seriously, it’s pretty funny, so what are you still doing on our site? Go there now.
on-camera interview with Cormac McCarthy. Now, she’s secured a guest that also knows something about magic touches: J.K. Rowling. The Harry Potter author will be stopping by The Oprah Winfrey Show for the first time this Friday to talk about her life, her fame, and writing one of the most popular book series of all time.Oprah has always had a magic touch when it comes to snagging hard-to-get author interviews. Just look at her extremely rare
The interview already took place in Edinburgh, Scotland, so barring a Time-Turner, it’s unlikely that we’ll be able to affect what questions Oprah poses to Rowling. But that doesn’t mean we can’t speculate. Personally, I hope she asks why there was so much camping in the last book. It may just be in my memory, but I feel like a third of the book took place in the woods. Some snippets of the interview have already been released. On dealing with her enormous and enthusiastic fan base, the author shares this anecdote: “There was this enormous Barnes & Noble, and I thought, ‘Oh my God.’ And the queue snaked up the street, up the Barnes & Noble, up through four floors and they took me in the back entrance. They opened the door and they screamed. They screamed….That’s a real stand-out moment for me. I knew it was getting big in that there was press attention and so on, but at that point, that for me…was when it felt ‘Beatle-esque.’”
So, Harry Potter fans — and let’s be honest, aren’t we all? — what do you think Oprah and Rowling will talk about, just one billionaire gal to another? Any topics you hope they’ll touch on?
Two of the music industry’s hottest acts, Justin Bieber and the Glee cast, hit the White House stage for yesterday’s annual Easter Egg Roll. Thousands of teeny tiny child fans (along with Michelle Obama) shrieked with delight, and some even enjoyed a brush with literary celebrity — Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, who outshone her tween idol counterparts.
According to the Washington Post, Rowling read from Sorcerer’s Stone and fielded some probing questions. “I’m quite sure in the not-too-distant future, I will bring out another book,” she said. Rowling did not rule out the possibility of another Potter-themed novel somewhere down the line.
Also reading to the Easter Egg Roll’s captive audience were Olympian Apolo Anton Ohno (with a dramatic and dynamic rendition of “Green Eggs and Ham“) and Yo Gabba Gabba‘s DJ Lance, with the timely “Duck! Rabbit!“
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