J.K. Rowling Comes to Canada

    VANCOUVER, Sept. 17 /CNW/ - Raincoast Books and the International
Festival of Authors (IFOA) announced today that J.K. Rowling will be making
one appearance in Canada this fall. J.K. Rowling will be appearing at the
Winter Garden Theatre in Toronto on October 23 for an all-ages event sponsored
by her Canadian co-publisher, Raincoast Books, and hosted by the International
Festival of Authors. J.K. Rowling will offer a short reading from Harry Potter
and the Deathly Hallows, answer questions from her fans and sign complimentary
copies of the final book in the Harry Potter series for every fan in
attendance. The event will begin at 10:00AM. There will be no tickets for sale
and numbered and assigned seats will only be available through random draws.
    Beginning at 9:00AM Pacific on Monday September 17, Raincoast will be
holding an online sweepstakes for lucky fans, ages seven and older, to enter
to win one of one hundred pairs of tickets to the J.K. Rowling Comes to the
Winter Garden Theatre event. Raincoast will draw ten pairs of tickets per day
for ten days, excluding weekends, from September 17 though September 28. For
full details please go to: www.raincoast.com/harrypotter/.
    The IFOA, working with The Ontario Library Association (OLA) and their
sister organisation, The Partnership (The Provincial and Territorial Library
Associations of Canada), will also be making hundreds of tickets available for
fans across Canada. Seating at the event will be capped at 950 attendees.
    "J.K. Rowling has always given top priority to her fans", said Allan
MacDougall, CEO of Raincoast Books, "and we and the IFOA have tried to plan an
event that reflects her values. The Winter Garden event will be intimate,
interactive and something that her Canadian fans will never forget. We are
thrilled to have her in Canada again."

    About J.K. Rowling in Canada:

    Raincoast Books of Vancouver is the joint publisher of Harry Potter
series in Canada in conjunction with Bloomsbury Plc of London. Since first
being published in 1997, the seven books in Harry Potter series have sold over
350 million copies worldwide and over 11 million copies in Canada. The trip
next month will mark the second occasion that J.K. Rowling has travelled to
Canada. In October 2000, she made appearances in Vancouver and Toronto.

For further information:

For further information: For press enquiries please contact Jamie
Broadhurst, Vice President of Marketing, Raincoast Books, Phone: (604)
323-7124, Jamie@raincoast.com

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