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J.K. Rowling is being featured on a new version of Sir Peter Blake’s famous cover for The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album. The original album featured celebrities of old such as Marilyn Monroe, Marlon Brando and Bob Dylan, but the new cover has added more modern icons, such as Damien Hirst, David Bowie and our celebrated author.
Jo commented, “Given that I’ve devoted quite a lot of time to gazing at the original Sgt Pepper album cover, you can perhaps imagine what it means to me to be featured.”
Sir Peter Blake stated that, “I’ve chosen people I admire, great people and some who are dear friends… I think that shows how strong Britis culture and its legacy of the last six decades is.”
Although the celebrity pictures are small, it seems that the image used is of Jo at the 2011 British Academy of Film And Television Arts awards, where she wore a python-print Lanvin gown. See the album cover here.
An article in The Telegraph states that Jo Rowling is no longer a dollar billionaire in the Forbes Rich List, due in part to her giving away an estimated £101 million to charity. The article also speculates about how much tax she has been paying on her fortune.
However, the article and comments from the Forbes Rich List should be taken with a pinch of salt, as Jo has previously rubbished articles about how much money she has- going as far as to say reports of her being a billionaire were ‘bollocks’, in her documentary ‘A Year in the Life’.
We previously told you about a recent list of Scholastic’s top 100 Greatest Books for Kids, with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone garnering sixth place. The rankings, released by the American publishers of the Harry Potter series, were part of the March issue of Scholastic’s Parent & Child magazine, which J.K. Rowling is currently covering!
This month’s issue is titled ‘J.K. Rowling’s Magical Impact’, and other than naming her book on their children’s list, the magazine ran a feature article about Jo. The article highlights J.K. Rowling’s spellbinding success with Harry Potter, her personal interests in reading, and her experiences with Harry Potter in her family. Excerpts from the article can be read below.
“Rowling has said that as a kid she would read ‘absolutely anything.’ Today, while juggling family life with work demands like many moms, Rowling says she still finds time to bury her nose in a book. As she told O, The Oprah Magazine, ‘I read when I’m drying my hair; I read in the bath. I read when I’m sitting in the bathroom. Pretty much anywhere I can do the job one-handed, I read.’
Growing up in England, Rowling has spoken fondly of books from her childhood, some unfamiliar to most American audiences. She cites one title in particular: The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge, a 1946 story of an orphaned girl who, along with a stable of magical beasts, must discover the ancient story behind her cousin’s mysterious estate.It resonated with Rowling because ‘it has a plain heroine, which delighted me beyond words because I was a very plain child myself.’”
To read the full article, see here. An image of Jo gracing the magazine can be seen below. Copies of this issue of Scholastic’s Parent & Child magazine have now been released, and are available through the school market.
The Great Exhibition, a British exhibition which celebrates Britain’s achievements in creative talent, tourism, business, and people, has launched a national competition called The Greats of Great Britain, in which all of the ‘Great’ people of the United Kingdom are nominated to compete for the award of ‘Best in Britain 2012′. Unsurprisingly, J.K. Rowling – along with 197 others – has received recognition under the ‘Celebrated People & Talents’ category.
Jo is currently at 42nd on the list with 142 votes, directly behind glass artist Colette Halstead. Help Jo improve her ranking by voting via this link.
In light of the announcement that J.K. Rowling will be writing a new novel for adults, Jo took to her Twitter account to confirm the news, also revealing that the book will be out this year.
“As you may have heard, I have a new book out later this year. Very different to Harry, although I’ve enjoyed writing it every bit as much.”
The Blair Partnership, J.K. Rowling’s new literary agency, has announced the exciting news that that Jo will be publishing a new book for adults! Their website reads:
“We are pleased to announce that our client, J.K. Rowling, will be releasing a new novel for adults. Further details will be announced later in the year.”
The site included a short note from J.K. Rowling:
“Although I’ve enjoyed writing it just as much, my next novel will be very different from the Harry Potter series.”
Little, Brown, a publishing house in the United States, has confirmed that Jo has inked a deal with them – and not Scholastic, which published the Harry Potter series – for the rights of her first adult novel. Jo’s new editor will be Little, Brown’s United Kingdom publisher, David Shelley. Book Trade has released the full press release, which includes a longer quote from the author regarding the change in publishing houses:
“Although I’ve enjoyed writing it every bit as much, my next book will be very different to the Harry Potter series, which has been published so brilliantly by Bloomsbury and my other publishers around the world. The freedom to explore new territory is a gift that Harry’s success has brought me, and with that new territory it seemed a logical progression to have a new publisher. I am delighted to have a second publishing home in Little, Brown, and a publishing team that will be a great partner in this new phase of my writing life.”
To read the full press release, see here. Stay tuned for more news in the upcoming weeks!
Update: Following the big announcement, J.K. Rowling’s official website has been updated with one page of the same details as above and the promise of a site re-design, coming later in spring. The site also added a mailing list that readers can sign up for to receive “further announcements” on the new novel.
Scholastic recently released their list of “100 of the Greatest Books For Kids” & Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone ranked in at #6.
The rankings, released by Scholastic Parent & Child magazine, are aimed at “generating controversy and conversation,” says Nick Friedman, the magazine’s editor in chief.
In that spirit, why is J.K. Rowling’s groundbreaking debut, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, only No. 6, chosen to represent the entire series?
It’s “undoubtedly one of the greatest in history,” Friedman says, but “it is only 15 years old and hasn’t had time to be as firmly established.”
Beyond literary merit and popularity, he says, the list was chosen to include a variety of genres for different ages — from infants to middle schoolers — and to be “culturally representative.”
A team of literacy experts and “mom bloggers” nominated nearly 500 titles. Friedman and four other editors at the magazine made the final decisions. Source.
In an effort to jazz surroundings up a bit, Ocean City Library in New Jersey, USA has created a mural of famous authors reclining in deck chairs on the beach. There are 10 authors in all, sitting with copies of their works in front of a backdrop of ‘recognisable’ buildings. When it was decided that JK Rowling would be one of the featured authors, the artists couldn’t resist painting Hogwarts into the backdrop! Here’s a picture of Jo’s section of the mural:
Let us know what you think of it!
We were recently given the opportunity to interview Joseph Galliano, the editor of Dear Me- More Letters to my Sixteen Year-Old Self’; a book to which Jo Rowling has contributed and written the foreword. The interview and details of how you can get involved with Dear Me are right here!
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According to scientists, Jo was onto something when she created the “invisibility cloak”! How amazing is that!
Scientists have now discovered a way to put a hole in time by bending light so that objects become invisible. They’re calling it an “invisibility cloak,” very similar to the one in the Harry Potter series.
I won’t pretend to understand the mechanics of how this difficult illusion is accomplished. In simple terms, scientists have found a way to make time appear to stop, at least for 40 trillionths of a second.
To make it work, scientists at Cornell University, discovered a way to manipulate how fast light reaches the surface of an object. They figured out how to stagger light, making the object invisible for a short period of time. During this time, the object virtually does not exist but the results of its actions still do, thus creating a “hole” in time.
Whoa that’s a lot to wrap my brain around; luckily I have Harry Potter to help me understand. In the series Harry inherits an invisibility cloak. Under this cloak he is unable to be seen by the outside world. However, he can still perform the same tasks as if he were visible.
If this new skill can be perfected, it makes me wonder what human kind will do with such a powerful tool. I mean invisibility, really!?