Attention Harry Potter fans: J.K. Rowling is planning to publish a book of wizard fairy tales based on tales referred to in the Potter books and (here is the nice part) she is donating the royalties and profits to charity. The British charity hopes to raise around $8 million through sales of the book, The Tales of Beedle the Bard, which was originally "published" as seven handwritten copies (reliving some possible zine days, we're guessing?) given mostly to friends and one was auctioned off for $4 million. The charity version will include illustrations by Rowling and "commentary" from Albus Dumbledore, the headmaster of Hogwarts. The book will be published on December 4th, through Bloomsbury in Britain and Scholastic in the U.S.. Rowling considers this her last book concerning Harry Potter's world. [Yahoo! News]
@scullymurphy: Amen. Nothing quite like being an adult 7 year old.
@little stripes: HP was a series of books I was never OPPOSED to reading, but my husband (then boyfriend) pushed me to it. I kinda whipped through the first three, not especially interested, hit four and enjoyed it much more, so I def. know where you're coming from. And your life certainly won't go unfulfilled if you don't read them, but i'm glad to see you're open to it.
To each her own indeed. I have NEVER enjoyed Steinbeck. The jalopy salesman section of 'Grapes of Wrath' was fun, but I can't get into him. If we're talking 20th century writers, I'm a Nabakov girl through and through.