J.K. Rowling Plans US Event For New Book; USA Today Makes Seemingly Sexist Implication About Her Writing
via Huffington Post:
J.K. Rowling will make a rare, in-person appearance in the United States to promote her new novel for adults, The Casual Vacancy. She'll be at at Lincoln Center in New York City on Oct. 16. And... each audience member will get a signed copy of the book!
Tickets go on sale Sept. 10, and prices range from $44 for phone purchases, $43 online and $37 at the Jazz at Lincoln Center box office. Given that the hardcover is listing at $35, and the cost of it is probably built into the ticket price, that's a hell of a bargain. Lincoln Center seats 1,100, so these are going to go quick.
In other Rowling news, USA Today published an article about the British writer and her new book today, and it's raising a few eyebrows on Twitter. The author of the article wonders:
With all her money and philanthropy work, why would Rowling — a 47-year-old married mother of three who lives in Edinburgh — even bother publishing The Casual Vacancy?
Some people are calling it outright sexist. Personally, I'm confused about the implication. Is it because she's a lady? An older lady? Already famous, and therefore doesn't need to write books anymore? Not relevant without Harry Potter?
I just can't think of any other circumstance under which anyone has asked, "Why is that author still writing books?"
What do you think? And, are you going to try to get tickets? I know I am.
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