The Thursday Book Beat: More Harry Potter with Stories of Hogwarts

The Thursday Book Beat: More Harry Potter with Stories of Hogwarts

If you thought J.K. Rowling would put down the Harry Potter universe after The Cursed Child, you are living in a lovely dream world. The author and Pottermore will be releasing a series of ebooks called the Stories of Hogwarts which will include "never-before-seen content." Gasp! The titles are: Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power,

If you thought J.K. Rowling would put down the Harry Potter universe after The Cursed Child, you are living in a lovely dream world. The author and Pottermore will be releasing a series of ebooks called the Stories of Hogwarts which will include “never-before-seen content.” Gasp! The titles are:

  • Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists
  • Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies
  • Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide

You can get the descriptions of these books over at Hypable. Will I be reading this? No! But countless others will and that’s why it’s being created. They’ll be available on September 6th which lines up well with the new school year over here in Canada and will cost $2.99 each. Go get ’em, Potterheads!

While we’re on the topic of Harry Potter, Kristina Grosspietsch writes about Hermione’s treatment in The Cursed Child over at Mashable in ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ Lets Down Women and Betrays Hermione’s Legacy. I haven’t read the play but I suggest reading it because conversations are fun whether you agree or not. I will say that I’m a Hermione fan so I’ll be wagging my fist in a “how dare ya!”

I wrote a post last year called So You Wrote A Racist Book… that discussed h0w authors could deal with their book being called racist or harmful by the group they’ve harmed. I used an example of a not so great apology but now I wanted to point to a great example of what TO do through Dumplin’ author Julie Murphy’s post, “When You Don’t Get it Right (or That Time I Appropriated Spirit Animal)“.

The gist: The phrase “spirit animal” is not mine to use. I deeply regret having used it in Dumplin’ and I apologize to anyone I have hurt or belittled in doing so. I can’t say I won’t ever screw up again, but I can say that I’m listening and aware and willing to own my mistakes. Thank you to everyone who has helped me talk through this and has helped me correct this mistake.

So the Affrilachian Poets rejected their 2016 Community Arts Award from Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin “because of the governor’s comments, positions and actions regarding several issues”.

As a collective of writers and educators, especially in light of our 25th anniversary, which we celebrate this year, we are honored by the acknowledgement of our contributions to the artistic and literary fabric of the Commonwealth alongside other very deserving honorees. However, it is the opinion of the group that the governor’s comments, positions, and actions regarding education in general, the Humanities specifically, universal healthcare, criminal justice reform, and the LGBTQ community, have been reprehensible and go against the core of who we are as writers and educators and as artists committed to resisting oppression. We believe our work as poets includes building community and enhancing lives. We celebrate the stories of black and brown people and other marginalized and disenfranchised citizens across this state’s urban and rural communities and we work to cultivate in others the love and craft of the written and spoken word.

– Urgent Announcement re: 2016 Governor’s Award in the Arts

That’s pretty neat and much needed given the state of American politics. More than ever, a stand needs to be taken by those with the power to do so especially when vulnerable groups are what is at stake.

Publisher's Weekly Rights Report. August 11, 2016. Screenshot. Elsie Chapman and Ellen Oh.

So I don’t pay too much attention to rights report news but I saw this on Twitter and thought it was neat. Authors Elsie Chapman and Ellen Oh are editing a young adult anthology that re-imagines East and South Asian mythology, folklore and fairy tales! How cool is that? I’m looking forward to it and I hope you’re adding it to your to-read list.

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