Thursday Book Beat: Fantastic Beasts, Trump Trolls, and How to Avoid Family This Thanksgiving

Hi book lovers! I’m still holed up in the library studying but like Varys in Game of Thrones I have my little birds (Twitter and the internet) keeping me up to date. Sometimes I look at the books I have to read longingly and tell myself this is motivation to finish my papers!

The one thing I am hearing is that almost everyone I know went to see Fantastic Beasts in the past week. I’m surprised because of my own hesitancy to go that there were so many fans around me, but I guess they’re die hards. Maybe I’m jaded because J.K Rowling continues to expand her universe (after vehemently denying she wouldn’t with Cursed Child) and yet ignores complexities like LGBTQ characters and the safety of minority characters. Fantastic Beasts does focus on the rise of Grindelwald and perhaps (please J.K), we can see more of the relationship he and Dumbledore had. Speaking of J.K (I call her this as if we’re old drinking buddies), has sent a young Syrian girl in Aleppo a copy of a Harry Potter Book after a sweet Twitter exchange. While a book may not make living in a war ravaged city, it certainly seemed to brighten the young girl’s spirit. You can read more here.

Twitter Exchange between J.K Rowling and Syrian Girl taken from the Times
Twitter Exchange between J.K Rowling and Syrian Girl taken from the Times

From Fantastic Beasts on to Trump trolls. Fox News Anchor, Megyn Kelly’s bio was slandered on Amazon by trolls who at one point led to 76% of the reviews being one star. Amazon deleted many negative reviews that were focused on the political views rather than the content. This seemed to have been encouraged by a pro-Trump reddit forum. Good for you Amazon for putting on your white hat and fighting the trolls. You can read more about it here.

Canada’s sweetheart, Rachel McAdams is voicing Anne of Green Gables in the new audiobook of the beloved children series. The book was published in 1908 and yet it has continued to touch the hearts of young children. McAdams herself admits that she loved the book growing up and wanted to be an “Anne” herself. Ugh, as if she couldn’t get more dreamier or more Canadian.

American Thanksgiving is coming up, and we often overlook the horrors of this day, of Christopher Columbus and the cultural genocide he waged. An all ages colouring book was launched this week called, Colouring it Forward. The illustrations reflect the Blackfoot tribe’s teachings. Ten percent of proceeds will go towards youth programming and small businesses that need financial help. There has been interest to bring the books into schools and three other books about other Indigenous nations are in the works. You can read more about it here.

Finally, for my American friends who are celebrating Thanksgiving, I hope before you dig in to your meal you take some time to reflect on the nation that was here first, that is still being told that they are not welcome on their own land. I also know that the holidays are a hard time, family is hard! So here are a list of amazing books that were curated just so you can poke your nose into them when tensions arise.

Talk soon book lovers!

Ashley Ash

Ashley Ash

Ashley is a proud Torontonian, third year social worker student, full time child advocate and national award winning writer. She will defend Anakin Skywalker and Jon Snow till she dies.