Litstack Recs: An Unnecessary Woman & Lethal White

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An Unnecessary Woman, by Rabih Alameddine   “I like outsiders,” Aaliya Sohbi tells us, “phantoms wandering the cobwebbed halls of the doomed castle where life must be lived.” The narrator of Rabih Alameddine’s An Unnecessary Woman, is herself an outsider, a reclusive, seventy-two year old bibliophile who lives alone in the Beirut apartment she’s inhabited [….]

Details on Book Two of Rowling’s ‘Galbraith’ Series Emerges

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The Bookseller is reporting that details on the second mystery novel penned by Robert Galbraith (pseudonym for J.K. Rowling) have been released. The second installment in the Cormoran Strike crime series will concern the murder of a novelist and is titled The Silkworm. The Silkworm follows private investigator Cormoran Strike as he is called in [….]

Rowling Sinks the Good Ship

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Yesterday, the long-silent Harry Potter fandom received a bit of a shock when news leaked that JK Rowling admitted she would not have paired Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley today. During an interview held by Potter actress Emma Watson for Wonderland magazine, Rowling admitted that her initial preference was to have Hermione and Ron remain [….]

Harry Potter ‘Fanfic on Film’ is Pretty Cool

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12 years ago, on Nov. 16, the film adaptation of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” opened in theaters, starting an eight film series that would go on to gross more than $7 billion. It has been over two years since the final film was released, but that didn’t stop filmmaker Wren Weichman from continuing the story [….]

Stephen King on Rowling’s Pseudonym

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The USA Today asked literary legend, Stephen King (who has always been a big fan of the Harry Potter writer) his opinion on the news that JK Rowling penned a crime novel, The Cuckoo’s Calling under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. When J.K. Rowling tried it, publishing The Cuckoo’s Calling as Robert Galbraith, she didn’t ask [….]

Rowling Published Debut Crime Novel Under Pseudonym

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From The Huffington Post: J.K. Rowling has written a crime novel called The Cuckoo’s Calling under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, according to the Daily Telegraph. Rowling is reported as saying to the Sunday Times of London, “I had hoped to keep this secret a little longer because being Robert Galbraith has been such a liberating [….]

LitStaff Pick: Children’s Book Authors Who Speak to Adults, Too

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Really great writers, regardless of their chosen genre, know how to collect and captivate audiences. If they are true masters at their craft, they are able to transcend age brackets and personal preferences set to separate stories into neat little categories. At the end of the day, a great story is a great story regardless [….]

Everything I Know About Life, I Learned at Hogwarts

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The old saying goes, “everything I know about life, I learned in Kindergarten.” For me, that’s not necessarily true. I went in knowing how to read, how to tie my shoe and how to say “yes ma’am” and “no ma’am.” But those essential lessons: be nice, say thank you, watch over your line partner, can [….]

J.K. Rowling Shares Handwritten Annotations in ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’

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From Mugglenet: What a week for Harry Potter fans! After MuggleNet posted about J.K. Rowling’s handwritten spreadsheet, we now have yet more handwritten material from J.K. Rowling, this time in the form of annotations in a copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, as featured in The Guardian. Occurring on the title page, one [….]

LitStaff Pick: Our Favorite Fictional Mothers

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Generally, I think, many of us will say that our mothers are the best ever. We’re all biased, of course, and what we learned from the mothers in our lives impacts us in ways that we won’t fully comprehend until we’re older. For most of my life, I honestly believed I was nothing like my [….]