Schools in NYC to See Jo on Open Book Tour Now AnnouncedJ.K. Rowling
Scholastic has issued a press release announcing the 40 schools in the New York City area that will be participating in the chance to see author J.K. Rowling on her Open Book Tour here in the States this October. When announcing the 40 New York City public schools which will send 40 students each to see Jo at Carnegie Hall on October 19, Scholastic Inc. President, CEO and Chairman Richard Robinson also presented a donation of 5,000 copies Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone to New York City public schools for “students who have not yet read the books and are now ready to begin their Hogwarts journey.”
“The Open Book Tour is a chance for Ms. Rowling to spend time with some very important people—the kids who love Harry Potter,” said Richard Robinson. “Scholastic is passionate about putting books into the hands of children, and with this gift of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone we are honored to introduce a new generation to the series that created millions of young, enthusiastic readers.”
“The love of reading has changed the lives of countless children,” said Chancellor Klein. “But it doesn’t always come naturally; it often takes a lot of effort. Our students have worked hard to build their reading skills during the past few years. We are proud to partner with Scholastic and the amazing Ms. Rowling to reward our students’ efforts and encourage their continued success.”
To see the full list of schools chosen, click here. As announced previously, JKR will be making four stops in the US on her Open Book Tour, three just for school children, the fourth open to the public via a sweepstakes. The winners of the sweepstakes to see Jo at Carnegie Hall in NYC on October 19 will be announced on or about September 14, 2007. As TLC first told you,at this event, Jo will be reading from “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” answering questions about the series, and audience members will have the opportunity to have the Harry Potter author sign their free copy of the final installment in the Harry Potter series.