Harry Potter Boy Wonder
One Oregon couple's wedding night will be especially magical. Courtney Lanahan and Shawn Gordon of Clackamas are heading straight from their wedding reception Friday to a Barnes & Noble to get the final Harry Potter book. How do we know all this??? WaPo has the story of the nuptials and the groom's little treat for the bride, an elementary school teacher. Wonder if they'll name their first kid Hermione?
How would you feel if the end of the "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" were revealed in advance of the highly anticipated release date this Saturday? Well if you're a library or bookstore involved in one of those pajama parties, or J.K. Rowling or Scholastic, you probably would be none too happy.
Do you know want to know.......how Harry's surname was chosen? ...if Rowling had to approve of the three Harry film directors? ...how does Rowling feel about her books being banned in some areas of the U.S.? ...how does Rowling feel about the nickname "Voldie"??? If you do, read this interview with author J. K. Rowling in CTV.
Courtesy of Stephanie Stokes and PUB-LIB , here's the upcoming ALA schedule, with the choice of the 2010 venue (oops, we stand corrected, see last paragraph below) explained by the hot hot Harry news of a Harry Potter theme park at Universal Orlando Resort.
The park will recreate life-size versions of Hogsmeade Village and
Hogwarts Castle at an estimated price tag of a half-billion dollars.
Harry Potter fans are sweating out the last 24 days awaiting the final title in the series, and don't want to know the outcome (or maybe they do?) Here's a report from the NYTimes on some efforts to spoil the surprise and the efforts of others to protect it (website the Leaky Cauldron along with Rowling's own site ).
Editor Barry Cunningham, formerly of Bloomsbury, who was the first to spot the potential of JK Rowling's boy wizard, thinks the next big thing in childrens books is "Tunnels" (check out the cover art). It's a fantasy tale about a boy archaeologist, self published by authors Roderick Gordon and Brian Williams. More from The Guardian.
Big Sale On Harry Potter! Online retailer Amazon.com and Wal-Mart Stores Inc. have slashed nearly 50 percent off the book's $34.99 list price, forcing many independent booksellers to follow suit to stay competitive. Wwith widespread discounting biting a gigantic chunk out of any potential profits, many booksellers are not enthused about its release. And for smaller, independent book stores, the discounting makes for a hard calculation.
After losing her latest battle to keep Harry Potter books out of the classroom, a Loganville mother on Tuesday said she may start a new case in federal court.
Laura Mallory, who has challenged the use of the books in schools since 2005, said she was not surprised by Superior Court Judge Ronnie Batchelor's decision to uphold the Gwinnett County Board of Education's ruling.
More Harry.The Wall Street Journal reports on publishers efforts to squeeze the Harry lemon dry; works of non-fiction such as "The Making of the Potterverse: A Month-by-Month Look at Harry's First 10 Years" by Edward Gross, and George Beahm's "Muggles and Magic: An Unofficial Guide to J.K.