Posted on 10/02/2020 at 12:58 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

The book sure hasn’t closed on open letters.

Over the weekend, a group of authors including Ian McEwan and Lionel Shriver published a statement criticizing recent online attacks on fellow writer J.K. Rowling.

That letter, published in the Sunday Times, called Rowling “an honourable and compassionate person” in the wake of transphobia allegations against her over the past few months.

And in response, another set of writers (along with editors, agents, journalists, and publishing professionals) published their own letter on Wednesday that stated their support for transgender and nonbinary people.

Signatories to that letter, described as “a message of love and solidarity for the trans and non-binary community,” include Jeanette Winterson, Malorie Blackman, Joanne Harris, and Daisy Johnson.

The Guardian notes that this letter does not specifically refer to Rowling.

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