J.K. Rowling: Winner of 2007 Wired Rave Award
Apr 21, 2007
“Honoring the mavericks, dreamers and innovators “changing your mind”, The WIRED Rave award recognizes leaders in a wide range of categories including technology, business, music, industrial design and blogs.” So says the popular technology magazine, which has just announced their new 2007 winners of these Rave Awards, including Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling. Thanks to TLC reader Tami, we now know the May issue of the magazine features the 22 winners, and has the following about our favorite author:
Harry Potter, Inc.
“In 1990, before the rise of Second Life and World of Warcraft, before the triumph of MMORPs, a young woman named Joanne Rowling was stuck on a delayed four-hour train ride to King’s Cross station in London. She began to conjure up an outcast boy heading to a sorcery school called Hogwarts. Seven years and countless drafts later, the first Harry Potter novel plunged readers into a parallel universe more compelling than any online world imaginable. Rowling was paid a $4,000 advance. Today she is the first person to become a billionaire by writing books. And when “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” the seventh and final volume in the series, apparates on July 21, it will mark the conclusion of an incredible run: more than 325 million books sold in 200 countries, not to mention the $3 billion or so earned by the first four movies and billions more from games, action figures, and product tie-ins. Rowling is the reigning master of what you might call MMFWs-massively !
multireader fictional worlds-inspiring a generation of screen-fed kids to devour old-fashioned books on paper.” -Liesl Schillinger
The magazine is due on newsstands Tuesday, April 24 and the winners will also be featured online at wired.com. The magazine states the winners will be celebrated at a ceremony in San Francisco,California on April 27, however we do not know if JKR will be attending, and will update with more on that when we can. Congratulations Jo!