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Personal Copy of Beedle the Bard Unveiled Today in NYC, Video of JK Rowling Reading from Book at Exhibit

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Posted by: sue
December 03, 2008, 11:21 AM

Today, Arthur Levine unveiled his personal handwritten copy of The Tales of Beedle the Bard at an event today in New York City. Update: You can now see video courtesy of Scholastic, here in our galleries. Mr. Levine, editor of the US editions of the Harry Potter novels for Scholastic, has generously donated his copy of Beedle written personally by J.K. Rowling  for public display at the New York Library. The volume will be on view from December 4 through January 4  at The New York Public Library's Humanities and Social Sciences Library at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street. At this event, which is open and free to the public, fans will be able to see the book, copies of sketches drawn by Jo, and video of the Harry Potter author and Arthur Levine both reading from the new book. The video will also be posted online tonight (12:01 December 4) at midnight via this link.

"My feelings about BEEDLE are very personal. I remember the moment I opened the package and saw this beautiful object that Jo had sent. Something she'd made with her own hands and her own unique imagination. What could an editor treasure more from his author? Only the friendship the gift represents," stated Arthur A. Levine, Scholastic co-editor of Harry Potter.

"We couldn't be happier to welcome J.K. Rowling's fans to The New York Public Library to see her latest work," said Paul LeClerc, the Library's President. "We are also grateful to Scholastic for donating copies of the book to all of our libraries. We hope that lovers of Harry Potter will visit our branches, where by merely waving their library card they can magically open the doors to all of J.K. Rowling's tales and many other worlds of fantasy and adventure."

Please Note: While this is the only planned US exhibit of an original copy of Beedle the Bard, Scholastic will also donate 3 copies of the book to each of The New York Public Library's 87 branches, which are located throughout the Bronx, Manhattan and Staten Island. Leaky was at this  today NYC, and we will have much more very soon, so stay tuned!

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10 Comments

Zahler

Thas Greats, first post!!! jabadabaduh…

Posted by Zahler on December 03, 2008, 11:39 AM report to moderator
Professor Potter

Uh…not a good idea to loan out those 3 books – library will never get them back! Unless they are the standard editions. Look forward to watching the video tonight…after I come back home with my very own copy :)

Posted by Professor Potter on December 03, 2008, 11:48 AM report to moderator
givemesomeTLC

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Posted by givemesomeTLC on December 03, 2008, 12:01 PM report to moderator
Kev

I know everyone’s super excited about getting their copies of Beedle, and everyone’s going to want to show their copy off!

Here’s the link to a new Flickr group for doing just that:
http://www.flickr.com/groups/beedlethebard/

Posted by Kev on December 03, 2008, 12:06 PM report to moderator
Observer

Hey, that’s funy, i’m in switzerland and it is 6 pm and there stand 12 pm. So funny, but WE ARE IN EUROPE and we have the tales of beddle in about 6 houres!!!!

Posted by Observer on December 03, 2008, 12:08 PM report to moderator
Billy

I wonder if they’ll use one of the original or collector’s edition copies as the prop for the last film?

Posted by Billy on December 03, 2008, 12:31 PM report to moderator
aughra

@Professor Potter—

I’m sure this copy is on display in a nice glass case as a work of art, NOT for circulation. Too bad you can’t turn the pages in a case, though….and I hope the security is good (evil grin).

Posted by aughra on December 03, 2008, 02:39 PM report to moderator
Spencer

If I remember correctly I could be wrong thought, Sotheby’s brought the copy of the beetle of the bard that was for sale to there NY office for display right before the auction.

Posted by Spencer on December 03, 2008, 07:01 PM report to moderator
Ammy

That whole bit about friendship was too sweet.

Posted by Ammy on December 03, 2008, 10:25 PM report to moderator
Leif Longbottom

I know where I’m going at lunch. That’s right around the corner from my office.

Posted by Leif Longbottom on December 04, 2008, 11:02 AM report to moderator
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