Posted on June 15, 2020 at 3:42 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek
You’ve likely seen the anti-racist reading lists circulating among traditional and social media — as well as the reporting on which books have gone out of stock or onto lengthy library wait lists.
Not all booksellers are doing happy dances, however.
Kalima DeSuze, the owner of Cafe con Libros feminist bookstore in Brooklyn, says the sale surge is somewhat tainted, for her.
“We're thriving because of Black bodies,” she told the Gothamist, referring to the high-profile killing of George Floyd, a Black man, at the hands of a white police officer, among many others gaining more attention.
On the other hand, current events are inspiring a boycott of sorts.
J.K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter series and its tie-ins, has been drawing ire over her comments about transgender people and the concept of being transgendered.
In response to the initial outrage, from both actors in the films based on her books and regular fans alike, she published a lengthy response on her website to explain her stance and timing.
That said, the New York Times reports that there are definitely fans that she hasn’t appeased.
Several of them spoke to the Times about how they’re processing Rowling’s comments — particularly if they themselves are nonbinary — and what they expect that to mean for their Harry Potter fandom.
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