JK Rowling made a rare public appearance at a charity ball for the Leap for Meningitis fundraiser in Edinburgh. She generously spent 127,000 British Pounds towards things as a dinner to be cooked by celebrity chef Nick Narin, a motorised scooter, and a guided tour of Edinburgh to be conducted by author Ian Rankin.
Financial advisor Smith Barney Citigroup recently downgraded the Scholastic(SCHL) stock from "buy" to "hold" citing concerns about the companies continuites business and worries about the government's "do not call" registry affecting Scholastic business.Continued...
Check out the cover of Forbes magazine, featuring everyone's favorite cover billionaire, J.K. Rowling (who, it must be said, brings much better hair to the billionaire club than her fellow, Donald Trump). Thanks very much to Sirius Kase for sending this in!
J.K. Rowling personal fortune of $1-billion has earned her the place as the 552nd richest person in the world on Forbes magazine's billionaire list.
UPDATE: Karen has sent us the direct Forbes link - thanks, Karen!
We now have some more details about the online chat with author JK Rowling on March 4th. The World Book Day Online Festivalwill be launched by JK Rowling with an interactive web-chat between 10 and 11am (in the UK).This will include 12 special questions from winners of a national schools' competition.
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The Scotsman reports today that JK Rowling will be receiving an honorary degree from Edinburgh University. She will be awarded the degree of doctor honoris causa, one of the university's highest accolades, in early July.
In a show to air on the BBC3 "Top 50 Cultural Movers and Shakers", author JK Rowling has come in at second on the list. Compiled by fashion, film, media, and design industry experts, the creator of the iPod topped the list of most influential people in British culture.
The BBC reports that JK Rowling will be part of a group of women visiting Buckingham Palace to celebrate working women and mothers.
Thank you, Pete!
A federal appeals court has held up a ruling against Nancy Stouffer, who claimed that J.K. Rowling infringed upon her work. The sanction, for $50,000, was held by US District Judge Allen G. Schwartz of the Southern District of New York, who said there was “clear evidence” that Stouffer had presented her evidenceContinued...
Many of you have written in to tell us and we thank you for reminding us - the WHSmith award, should JKR win it, will not be her first adult award. She won the Hugo Award in 2001 for Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. The Hugo Awards are not for only-adult books. However, the WH Smith award is specifically forContinued...
The Life section of USAToday mentions J.K. Rowling as an one of 'three authors who wrote their way up the lists':
Fans had been waiting for three years for J.K. Rowling's fifth in the series, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. It came out June 21, the first day of summer and immediately broke publishing records (5Continued...
As reported in The Mirror:
Hundreds of supporters of the National Council for One Parent Families called for an increase in the Child Tax Credit.
JK Rowling, once a single mum living on benefits, has thrown her weight behind the campaign to slash child poverty. The charity wants an extra £5Continued...
J.K. Rowling is #55 on Forbes' latest list.
How do they determine this - do they make them all arm wrestle?
Thanks to Sue & Charlie for the link!
Happy Thanksgiving to our American readers!
For the first time in years, J.K. Rowling will do a Web chat. It will be on March 4, 2004, World Book Day, as part of an event with 12 other authors.
The bestselling author will talk to children about her books, her writing and the kind of books she likesContinued...