FILE - In this April 9, 2015 file photo, "Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling lights the Empire State Building to mark the launch of her non-profit children's organization Lumos, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
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NEW YORK: J.K. Rowling's passion for free expression is so strong it extends to someone she'd otherwise not care to discuss: Donald Trump.Speaking Monday night before hundreds gathered for PEN America's annual gala at the American Museum of Natural History, the "Harry Potter" creator noted that she opposed a recent petition calling for banning the presumptive Republican presidential nominee from entering the United Kingdom, saying such actions endanger everyone's rights.PEN, the literary and human rights organization, honored advocates for speech and prisoners of censorship worldwide, from Egypt to Flint, Michigan.Ahmed Naji, imprisoned in Egypt for the sexual content of his novel "The Use of Life," was the winner of the PEN/Barbey Freedom to Write Award.PEN's annual publishing award was given to Hachette Book Group CEO Michael Pietsch, presented his prize by "The Goldfinch" author Donna Tartt.
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