JK Rowling's passion for free expression is so strong it extends to someone she'd otherwise not care to discuss: Donald Trump.
Speaking in front of hundreds gathered for PEN America's annual gala at the American Museum of Natural History, the Harry Potter author noted that she opposed a recent petition calling for the banning of the presumptive Republican presidential nominee from entering the United Kingdom, saying such actions endangered everyone's rights.
JK Rowling being honored at the PEN Gala tonight. pic.twitter.com/E5sWKDBUUv
-- Salman Rushdie (@SalmanRushdie) May 17, 2016
She received a PEN award for her writing and her humanitarian work.
PEN, the literary and human rights organisation, also honoured imprisoned Egyptian author Ahmed Naji - whose brother Mohamed accepted on his behalf - Hachette Book Group CEO Michael Pietsch and Dr Mona Hanna-Attisha and LeeAnne Walters - who helped expose deadly levels of lead in the water in Flint, Michigan.