Harry Potter at the Natural History Museum

Link: Rowling to sign off last Potter book under moon-Arts & Entertainment-Books-TimesOnline.

From The Bloomsbury website:

To celebrate the publication of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows on 21st July 2007, JK Rowling will be signing the night away at the Natural History Museum in London. 

Ten years after publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, the launch of this, the final book in the series, returns to where it all began: with a book, the author and her readers.

1,700 fans will have the opportunity to meet JK Rowling and have their book signed at the Natural History Museum. The first 500 randomly selected winners will attend the midnight reading.  The subsequent signing is expected to last until dawn.  Every ticket holder will receive a free book from Bloomsbury Publishing.

Tickets to the event are free and will be available by prize draw (go to the Bloomsbury site) which will run from 23rd May to 11th June.  Winners will be notified by 18th June.

Residents of the US should contact www.scholastic.com.  Residents of English-speaking territories may also have the opportunity to apply for this event.  An announcement will be made at a later date.

According to the Times, Ms Rowling said: “It has been a long time since I’ve done a signing and had the chance to speak to readers individually so I’m delighted that we are launching the book in this way. It will be wonderful for me to get the chance to speak to people who have already read a few chapters in the queue.”

The Times also reported the unsurprising information that the book is expected to break publishing records, with advance sales of 1.5 million on Amazon.