Jo Rowling to read from 'Half-Blood Prince' and other news
May 13, 2005 at 9:38 AM ET
The Leaky Cauldron (via JKRowling.com)
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Harry Potter author JK Rowling will read from her latest book, Half-Blood Prince, at the stroke of midnight July 16, the book's release date, in Edinburgh Castle. It will be broadcast around the world on television and radio, according to CBBC Newsround.
Attending will be 70 "cub" reporters -- from age eight to 16 -- who won competitions from newspapers around the world. Each will receive a signed copy of the book. The event is dubbed the "Harry Potter Children's Press Conference."
The kids will have a chance to read the book in a special room of Edinburgh Castle before visiting with Jo again on Sunday to ask questions ("grill me," Rowling said in her announcement).
Later that weekend, Rowling will be interviewed by Melissa and Emerson, of fan sites The Leaky Cauldron and MuggleNet, respectively. (TLC was also awarded JK Rowling's latest Fan Site Award, so congratulations to them!)
Finally, the FAQ section of Rowling's web site was updated with more questions and answers.