1 library to get 1st U.S. copy of new 'Harry Potter' book
One lucky American library is going to be able to cast a spell on its readers by displaying the first American edition of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, signed by author J.K. Rowling. The book is the top prize in a sweepstakes from Scholastic Inc., the American publisher of the series about the boy wizard.
The contest is open to every public library in all 50 states, with mailed entries due by June 30. The winning library will be selected and notified July 1, but will have to keep the news quiet for the next two weeks. On July 15, representatives from the library will be presented with the signed book in New York. They will have to wait until 12:01 a.m. on July 16, the official release date of the book, to take permanent possession of it.