July 03, 2020

Harry Potter fan sites distance themselves from JK Rowling over transgender rights

Jul 03 2020 Two of the biggest Harry Potter fan sites have distanced themselves from author JK Rowling because of her beliefs on transgender rights, calling them at odds with the message of empowerment in her best-selling books. Websites the Leaky Cauldron and Mugglenet said on Thursday they would no longer provide links to the British author’s personal website, use photos of her, or write about achievements that do not relate to the world she created... ... It follows a lengthy personal essay by Rowling last month in which she detailed her beliefs on transgender rights, including examples of where...

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What it is like to be black in UK publishing

Jul 03 2020 Publishing is in the middle of a reckoning. In the weeks since the death of George Floyd, as black authors topped UK books charts for the first time, and #Publishingpaidme exposed the disparities in what black and white writers are paid, publishers – long criticised for employing overwhelmingly white workforces who cater for white readers – have been grappling with their record with black authors, editors and agents. And black people in publishing are not holding back, sharing details of the “hostile environment” they’ve been working in. Last week’s release of the Rethinking “Diversity” in Publishing report...

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