JK Rowling! She tops the list at $95M, with author James Patterson coming in at $87M. Forbes released the list this week, which also included popular authors Stephen King, Dan Brown, and John Grisham. For the full list of ten, click here.
In other Rowling news…on August 2nd, it was announced that the stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will come to Broadway next year.
The lauded editor worked at Knopf for more than five decades, bringing The Diary of Anne Frank, among many other books including Mastering the Art of French Cooking co-authored by Julia Childs. She died on Wednesday at her home in Vermont from complications of Alzheimer’s disease. RIP Judith Jones…
The celebration of LGBT literature, authors, writers, and poets took place over the weekend August 4th-6th. Author and editor/publisher of Circlet Press, Cecilia Tan, was the keynote speaker and the festival included readings, exhibitors, panels and book sales.
Alison Law, writer, publicist, and associate program director of the AJC Decatur Book Festival, announced the debut of Literary Atlanta this week. Her first guest is Daren Wang with his debut novel, The Hidden Light of Northern Fires, set to be published on August 29th.
Charles Frazier, the author of Cold Mountain, says this about the novel, “Splendid-a distinctive clear-eyed perspective on a fresh corner of the Civil War.”
Mr. Wang is also the founding executive director of the AJC Decatur Book Festival, taking place September 1-3, 2017. Last year, I published my exciting journey through the 2016 fest in this post at Change Seven. Always a blast, this festival is the largest independent book festival in the U.S.
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Our Video of the Week is XYZT: Abstract Landscapes by French artists Adrien M. and Claire B., upload by NPR. A new collection of interactive digital art that is touring the U.S. – fascinating!
Laurel Dowswell is the Features Editor at Change Seven. Her short story “I Am the Eggman” was nominated for the 2016 Pushcart Prize. She was a copy editor for an independent feminist newspaper in Santa Fe, NM, after being raised and educated in Florida. She lives and writes in Georgia, just outside of Atlanta with her son. She is currently working on a novel filled with oil paintings, family drama, a lot of red wine, and the spectrum of sexuality. Follow her on Twitter @laurels_idea.