J.K. Rowling's latest honor isn't only for her writing.
The "Harry Potter" author is to receive the PEN/Allen Foundation Literary Service Award, PEN America said on Monday. Rowling will be presented her award May 16 at the literary and human rights group's annual spring gala in New York. Previous winners include Toni Morrison, Salman Rushdie and Tom Stoppard.
PEN cited Rowling's advocacy for free expression; her founding of the charitable trust Volant, which supports multiple sclerosis research and other causes; and her nonprofit organization Lumos, which works to reconnect institutionalized children with their families. "I'm deeply honored to receive this award and humbled that my work has been recognized as having moral value by an organization I so admire," she said.
Combs, Wahlberg company to help Flint
A bottled water company owned in part by Sean "Diddy" Combs and Mark Wahlberg is pledging to donate 1 million bottles of water to the residents of Flint, Mich. AQUAhydrate says it's sending 5,000 cases of water and will continue to provide bottles until the city's water problems are solved. High levels of lead have been detected in Flint's water.
'Pet sounds': Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson is staging "Pet Sounds" again this year to mark the album's 50th anniversary, and the tour will include an Oct. 2 date at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis. Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. via Ticketmaster or the State Theatre's box office for $63, $83 or $129. Wilson, 73, also performed "Pet Sounds" in its entirety on a 2000 tour that hit Northrop auditorium. This time around, he will have co-founding Beach Boys member Al Jardine in tow as well as a full orchestra. Released in 1966 and forever considered one of rock's magnum-opus sonic achievements, "Pet Sounds" was reintroduced into the mainstream in 2014 via the Wilson biopic "Love & Mercy," which centered around the making of the album as it coincided with Wilson's descent into mental illness. The film was directed by the Twin Cities' own movie mogul Bill Pohlad.
honored: The Screen Actors Guild said Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will present its Life Achievement Award to Carol Burnett, 82, at Saturday's ceremony.
The other side: The man who prosecuted the case featured in the Netflix show "Making a Murderer" says he's writing a book. Ken Kratz told WBAY-TV he's writing about the case because the voice of slaying victim Teresa Halbach has been forgotten. Kratz said he's grateful to tell the "whole story." The subject of the documentary series, Steven Avery, served 18 years in prison following a wrongful conviction of rape, and two years after his release was charged in Halbach's death. He was convicted of first-degree intentional homicide.