Barack Obama memoir off to record-setting start in sales
“We are thrilled with the first day sales,” said David Drake, publisher of the Penguin Random House imprint Crown. As of midday Wednesday, “A Promised Land” was No. “So far it has been neck and neck with Michelle Obama's book,” he said. The New York Times' Jennifer Szalai wrote that the “most audacious thing" about “A Promised Land” is “the beaming portrait" of Obama on the cover. Obama's book is the highlight of publishing's holiday season and for some independent bookstores, the potential difference between remaining in business or closing.
JK Rowling returns award from group linked to Kennedy family
LONDON Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling says she is returning an award from a human rights group linked to the Kennedy family after the president of the organization criticized her comments about transgender issues. Rowling's decision comes after Kerry Kennedy, the president of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights and the late senator's daughter, published a statement expressing her profound disappointment with the author's comments. The statement incorrectly implied that I was transphobic, and that I am responsible for harm to trans people, Rowling said on her website. Kerry Kennedy joined the criticism this month when she published her statement on the website of RFK Human Rights. Kennedy claimed Rowling's attacks upon the transgender community" were a repudiation of her father's vision.
US MeToo activist says Sun misquoted her in Depp abuse story
The Sun's defense relies on a total of 14 allegations by his ex-wife Amber Heard of Depp's violence. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)LONDON A #MeToo activist said in a court document released Friday that she was misquoted and misused by a British tabloid newspaper in an article that accused Johnny Depp of physically abusing his ex-wife, Amber Heard. I was not going public on behalf of #MeToo or myself, to criticize J.K. Rowlings decision to cast Mr. Depp, nor did I accuse Mr. Depp of hurting Amber Heard, about which I have no first-hand knowledge.Kendall also said she had heard several times that Heard was abusive to Depp. Depp, 57, and Heard, 34, met on the set of the 2011 comedy The Rum Diary and married in Los Angeles in February 2015. Romero said a friend of his was a big fan of Mr Depp and he was concerned about him not being able to play the guitar.
Writers warn in open letter against threat to free speech
The letter comes amid a debate over so-called cancel culture where prominent people face attack for sharing controversial opinions. The forces of illiberalism are gaining strength throughout the world and have a powerful ally in Donald Trump, who represents a real threat to democracy, the letter said. But resistance must not be allowed to harden into its own brand of dogma or coercionwhich right-wing demagogues are already exploiting. In a series of tweets, Rowling said she supported transgender rights but did not believe in erasing the concept of biological sex. The letter criticized the state of public debate and the swift and severe retribution dealt out to any perceived wrongs.
Hollywood comes to UK High Court as Depp takes on The Sun
FILE - In this Friday, Feb. 21, 2020 file photo, actor Johnny Depp arrives for the screening of the film Minamata during the 70th International Film Festival, Berlinale in Berlin, Germany. Heard alleges that Depp subjected her to a three-day ordeal of physical assaults while they were in the country after drinking and taking drugs. Depp is suing Heard for $50 million for allegedly defaming him in a Washington Post article about domestic abuse. Last week, judge Andrew Nicol ruled that Depp had breached the court order, but said it would not be just to throw out the actors claim. They argued that her testimony would be more reliable if she weren't present in court when Depp was being cross-examined.
Sun says JK Rowling article did not glorify domestic abuse
LONDON The Sun newspaper said Friday it did not intend to glorify domestic violence by giving a platform to Harry Potter author J.K. Rowlings ex-husband just days after she revealed she had been a victim of domestic abuse. It also said it had a long history of campaigning against domestic violence. It was certainly not our intention to enable or glorify domestic abuse, our intention was to expose a perpetrators total lack of remorse.'' The article and the headline sparked outrage among campaigners who have long pushed the media to exercise care in reporting on domestic violence. Domestic abuse charity Refuge described the front-page story as being both irresponsible and disappointing.
JK Rowling responds to critics over her transgender comments
LOS ANGELES Harry Potter" creator J.K. Rowling said she refuses to bow down" to criticism about her recent comments on transgender people. Rowling published a lengthy post on her blog website Wednesday in response to the backlash and her concerns over new trans activism." A Harry Potter fan group tweeted its disapproval of Rowlings post and encouraged followers to donate to a group that supports back transgender women. Redmayne, who starred in two Fantastic Beast" films of the Harry Potter prequel series, disagreed with Rowling's comments on Twitter. He joined Radcliffe who also disapproved of Rowlings thoughts on transgender identity.
JK Rowling's tweets on transgender people spark outrage
LOS ANGELES Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling is facing hefty backlash after she posted a series of tweets about transgender people. If sex isnt real, theres no same-sex attraction, she tweeted. If sex isnt real, the lived reality of women globally is erased. A Harry Potter fan group tweeted its disapproval of Rowlings post and encouraged followers to donate to a group that supports back transgender women. JK Rowling continues to align herself with an ideology which willfully distorts facts about gender identity and people who are trans, GLAAD tweeted.
JK Rowling publishes first chapters of new story online
LONDON J.K. Rowling is publishing a new story called The Ickabog, which will be free to read online to help entertain children and families stuck at home during the coronavirus pandemic. The Harry Potter author said Tuesday she wrote the fairy tale for her children as a bedtime story over a decade ago. Rowling said the draft of the story had stayed in her attic while she focused on writing books for adults. As I worked to finish the book, I started reading chapters nightly to the family again, she said. The book will be published in print later this year, and Rowling said she will pledge royalties from its sales to projects helping those particularly affected by the pandemic.