Critical Linking: December 6th, 2013

 

Just think of how many more books I could have sold if Harry had been a little more creative with his wand.

At the 20:10 mark of this interview, J.K. Rowling gets a little (more than a little) cheeky.

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Working through schools and local governments, Worldreader launched its first program in Ghana and is now in nine African countries. As of last month, Worldreader says, it has put more than 700,000 e-books in the hands of some 12,000 children.

Amazing project.

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Queen Elizabeth stuck to polite pleasantries, saying “It’s quite something to write books,”

This is what happens when Jackie Collins meets the Queen.

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The idea of introducing students to the history of America’s own violent, terror-driven apartheid era through a reading list that is two-thirds books written from the white perspective by white authors is absurd; the idea that The Help should be used as some kind of primary text for understanding the black experience in this country is ludicrously offensive.

I’d agree that The Help is a bad choice, but “ludicrously offensive”? Hmmmm.

 

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