Harry Potter author JK Rowling announced on her site this morning that she is scheduled to tour the U.S. in October, the first time since 2000.
From JK's site:
The Open Book Tour, October 2007
In October I will be touring the USA for the first time since 2000. The Tour will include four events, three to be held for schoolchildren in the Los Angeles, New Orleans and New York City and one event in New York City for any U.S. Harry Potter fan who wins a ticket through a sweepstakes to be held by Scholastic, my US publishers. At each event, I will ready from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the seventh and final book in the Harry Potter series, answer questions about the entire series, and sign copies of the latest book.
I will be appearing at the Los Angeles Kodak Theater on Monday, October 15th; in New Orleans at the Ernet N. Morial Auditorium at the Convention Center on Thursday, October 18th; and at New York's Carnegie Hall on Friday, October 19th. In September, at the begining of the 2007/2008 school year, Scholastic will select schools in each of the three cities to send students to the events. Each selected school will then be given a Sorting Hat to place in their school where they will have their own random drawing of students and classes to attend the events.
In addition to these three events for schoolschildren, there will be an event on the evening of October 18, 2007 in New York City, open to fans of all ages. One thousand readers will be selected in a sweepstakes and will receive a pair of tickets to the event at Carnegie Hall on Friday October 19 at 7 p.m.
Scholastic will launch the J.K. Rowling and the Open Book Tour Sweepstakes on July 30, 2007. Visit www.scholastic.com/harrypotter begining July 30 for information on how to enter and complete rules.
Thanks to everyone who emailed.