J.K. Rowling does a high profile interview, authors write about Banned Books Week and more—it's been a big week for book blogs. A couple of my favorite posts are below. What blogs have you been reading?

Leaky Live Coverage: J. K. Rowling Interview on Oprah Winfrey Show
Posted on The Leaky Cauldron

Years before I read book blogs or blogged about books myself, I read The Leaky Cauldron and MuggleNet, two of the biggest Harry Potter fansites and blogs. Although I don't obsess over Harry Potter quite as much as I did in middle school and high school (which reminds me: I need to re-read Deathly Hallows before November . . .), I got pretty darn excited when I heard J.K. Rowling did an interview with Oprah.

The Leaky Cauldron has been updating their site throughout the day with snippets from the conversation. Here's an excerpt—in which Rowling comments on dealing with the press:

At the time I felt a need to deny how great the pressure was becaue that was my way of coping.  It happended so fast for me, and it shouldn't have happened.  It was a childrens book, a childrens book which I was repeatedly told wasn't very commercial.  Because I had been turned down a lot.  It was like being a Beatle.  But there were four Beatles, so they could turn to each other and say "My god, This is crazy!" I couldn't turn to anyone.

Potter fans have been tweeting about the appearance all day, and you can also learn more on Oprah's website.

And yes, Rowling said there could be more Harry Potter books. (Although I'm not holding my breath.)

This guy thinks SPEAK is pornography
Posted on author Laurie Halse Anderson's blog

Laurie Halse Henderson is the best-selling author of teen books (we've reviewed many of her books in BookPage). Two of her books, Speak and Chains, have been National Book Award finalists. Speak also has the distinction (ha) of being a challenged book. Wesley Scroggins, an associate professor of management at Missouri State University, wrote an opinion piece in the News-Leader of Springfield, MO, "in which he characterized SPEAK as filthy and immoral. Then he called it 'soft pornography' because of two rape scenes."

Anderson has turned Scroggins' action into an opportunity to speak out against banned books, telling readers what they can do if books are challenged in their communities. Today Anderson shared the big news that her publisher (Penguin) took out a full page ad in the New York Times to stand up for Speak. I have to say—it's pretty cool.

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