J. K Rowling Among Authors Names in Queen’s Birthday Honours

By June 17, 2017Authors, News

Firstly, a very happy birthday to Queen Elizabeth II today on what is her official birthday. Traditionally the day is marked with many celebrations, the Trooping of the Colour, and the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Among this year’s honours are several authors, recognised by the Queen for their service in this honour’s list.

J. K Rowling has been made companion of Honour for her services to literature and philanthropy. The title recognises services of National Importance and is limited to 65 individuals at any time. Rowling was once considered richer than the queen according to the Times Rich List, but has now fallen out of the list as she has given so much of her money to charity, making her a worthy candidate for this honour.

The Snowman creator, Raymond Briggs has also been recognised, and given a CBE, as has Faber writer Ronald Blythe, but it’s not only authors who have been recognised in the honours. Virago Press founder Carmen Callil becomes a Dame, and Adrian Turpin, founder of the Wigtown Book Festival has been given an OBE.

Tejinder Kumar Sharma was also made a medallist of the Order of the British Empire for services to Hindi Literature in the honours.

Stephen King Says He’ll Help Bookshop Owner Who Lost Rare Collection in a Flood

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A bookshop owner named Gerald Winters who runs a bookshop in Bangor, Maine was devastated when a burst pipe caused a flood which destroyed over 2,000 books, some of which were rare first editions and included several of King’s original typed manuscripts, including Dolan’s Cadillac and The Eyes of the Dragon. The damage has cost Winters thousands of dollars worth of rare books, not to mention the cost of repairing the store. Luckily, help is at hand.

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Lupita Nyong’o To Publish Her First Children’s Book

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Kenyan-Mexican actress Lupita Nyong’o has added one more creative string to her bow by writing a children’s book.

Her professional life began in Hollywood as a production assistant and made her debut as an actress in 2008 with the short film East River and starred in the Kenyan television series Shuga  from 2009. After her finding her feet in the acting world Nyong’o attained a master’s degree in acting from the Yale School of Drama. She had her first feature film role in 12 Years a Slave, playing Patsey; her role in Steve McQueen’s historical drama won her the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. The award was particularly significant as she became the first Kenyan and first Mexican actress to win an Academy Award.

Lupita Nyong’o grew up struggling with self-acceptance due to the attitudes of people around her, regarding her skin colour. Her darker complexion was often remarked upon by those around her, and at times she was compared to her lighter skinned sister. The journey to self-love was a difficult one, but eventually Lupita became the voice for young dark skinned people. Her Academy Award acceptance speech in 2014 saw her acknowledge her role as a sort of ambassador for self-love and strength of voice for those with a dark complexion.

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Fire and Fury Set to Surpass Sales of Trump’s Own Book, The Art of the Deal

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Despite only being on shelves for the past two weeks, Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump Administration is already set to outsell President Trump’s own book, The Art of the Deal. Mother Jones reports that Trump’s co-author and the U.S.’ leading book sales tracking company has revealed that Fire and Fury is set to reach over 1.75 million copies sold within the short time it has been out, meanwhile The Art of the Deal, which turned 30 last year, has sold approximately 1.67 million copies.

Since Trump took office just over a year ago, he has been hotly debated by all sides of the political spectrum. Fire and Fury claims to give a behind-the-scenes look at the Trump administration. The amount of public interest in Trump has seen the book fly off the shelves and even the mega online store Amazon sold out of copies upon the book’s release. Read More

Fahrenheit 451 Adaptation Coming to HBO and the Teaser is Here

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All the way back in 2016 it was announced that HBO were to make a movie adaptation of the classic Ray Bradbury book, Fahrenheit 451. It’s been a while in the making but it’s coming, this year and the first teaser is released.

The new movie will star Michael B. Jordan and Michael Shannon and is directed by Ramin Bahrani, who spoke of the making of the movie, and the current political climate with the Television Critics Association, he said. Read More

Turkish Garbage Collectors Open Library Full of Discarded Books

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Turkish garbage collectors in the country’s capital city of Ankara have opened a public library that is full of books that were originally destined to be put into landfill. The workers began collecting discarded books and opened the new library in the Çankaya district of Ankara. News of the library has spread and now people have begun donating books directly to the library, rather than throwing them away. Read More

New York Prisons No Longer Allow Inmates to Receive Donated Books, They Must Buy Them

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Three prisons in New York have passed regulations which states that prisoners are no longer allowed to obtain books through the mail from family members or community groups. They can now only purchase a selection of 77 books being sold by six state approved vendors. Activists have criticized the regulations for being too restrictive and expensive for the inmates. Read More



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