Children’s book sales are soaring across the board as parents try to keep their kids busy during lockdown. Well, except for JK Rowling, whose sales seem to be slumping as she increasingly shares her toxic views of trans people on social media.
Last month, sales in print books in fiction overall rose 31.4% in the U.S. from May, according to figures from NPD BookScan, with fiction titles in adult, young adult and juvenile sectors all seeing similar double-digit growth. The author of the “Harry Potter” series, by contrast, saw her print book sales in the U.S. rise just 10.9% in June. “Harry Potter” sales — including licensed titles not authored by Rowling — rose even less, just 7.7% for the month. While the BookScan figures do not account for other points of sale — like eBooks, sales to libraries and direct publisher sales — they do point to a remarkably sudden and sharp drop in print sales for Rowling’s books.
This comes after a series of wildly transphobic tweets in early June, in which the Harry Potter author insisted that women can only be identified by their biological sex. Since then, Rowling has banged on and on about transgender identity, from a lengthy essay Rowling posted to her personal website on June 10 in which she evoked her past history with sexual assault to assert her support for “single-sex spaces.” On July 5, she insisted that prescribing hormones to transgender children is akin to “a new kind of conversion therapy”;
(Weirdly, Harper’s has published an open letter signed by Rowling and several other literary and media figures condemning “public shaming.” )
I mean, really. There’s an argument to be made about separating the artist from the art, but…. why support an openly transphobic author? There ARE other children’s books out there.
via Pink News:
And as more Harry Potter fans begin to denounce Rowling and the 54-year-old’s own publishing house begins to distance itself from her, it seems fans have responded to Rowling by vandalising the Royal Mile handprints along Edinburgh’s 253 High Street.
‘People who menstruate.’ I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 6, 2020
Opinion: Creating a more equal post-COVID-19 world for people who menstruate https://t.co/cVpZxG7gaA
(via Pink News; photo: Avalon)