So much has been published on writer-celebrity, J K Rowling already that it is difficult for me to sort out the most interesting, relevant bits for my dear Book Lovers Club Members. Here is a sincere attempt:
J K Rowling
Joanne Rowling was born in 31 July, 1965 in Yate, Gloucestershire, England. She has been married twice and has 3 children-2 daughters and a son. She mainly writes children's fiction and is most famous for her Harry Potter series. Apart from this, she is also well known for her 'rags-to-riches' story where she went from living on state-sponsored welfare to becoming a millionaire within a span of 5 years.
At one point in time( after her separation from her first husband, jobless and with a dependent child) she considered herself "the biggest failure I knew". She delivered an interesting speech on failure in Harvard in 2008 from which I quote:
“Failure meant a stripping away of the inessential. I stopped pretending to myself that I was anything other than what I was, and began to direct all my energy to finishing the only work that mattered to me. Had I really succeeded at anything else, I might never have found the determination to succeed in the one area where I truly belonged. I was set free, because my greatest fear had been realized, and I was still alive, and I still had a daughter whom I adored, and I had an old typewriter, and a big idea. And so rock bottom became a solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.”
Rowling today is a multi-millionaire and has won several awards and honorary degrees. She donates actively to charity and is media shy. She is also pro-British and has ensured that the cast in the Harry Potter film series remains strictly British.
Book Review Circle gossip
Do you know the full name of J K Rowling? Unlikely. That is because the K stands for nothing. She is just Joanne Rowling. When her publisher expressed fear that young boys(her target audience) would not want to read books written by a woman, she used two initials to make her name sound more masculine. K simply represents her paternal grandmother Kathleen Ada Bulgen Rowling.
Book Review Circle suggested read:
If you have read all 7 books in the Harry Potter series, you can read the 3 books that supplement the series:
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
- Quidditch Through the Ages
- The Tales of Beedle the Bard
Test your Literary Quotient
See if you know answers to the following
- Name the official website, promoted by Rowling, that is dedicated to Harry Potter
- J K Rowling published a short story involving characters from the Harry Potter series. The story is set before Harry's birth. Name the book.
- Rowling uses a pseudonym in 'Quidditch Through the Ages'. What is it?
Do write in to me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your comments, updates and suggestions. I look forward to hearing from you.
- The Harry Potter Prequel
- Kennilworthy Whisp
Ok. I will leave you to munch on that.
Happy reading till we meet again.