Monday, December 1, 2008

Thursday, 12/4 at Accent on Books: From Dumbledore to Hermione to the World

It's one of the most famous -- and mysterious -- books in the wizarding world. When Albus Dumbledore bequeathed to Hermione Granger his copy of The Tales of Beedle the Bard, at first neither Hermione nor her friends Harry Potter and Ron Weasley recognized its true significance. They soon came to realize, however, that this book of fairy tales contained the knowledge of the Deathly Hallows, the key to Harry's battle against his nemesis, Lord Voldemort.

Up until now only a small portion of this volume has been available to the outside world: "The Tale of the Three Brothers," as it was recounted in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. However, on Thursday, December 4, the entire Tales of Beedle the Bard will be openly available for the first time, translated from the runes by Hermione Granger, with extensive commentary by Albus Dumbledore, and an introduction, notes and illustrations by J. K. Rowling.

Accent on Books will be celebrating this publishing event in a very special way: a "wizarding tea" featuring Asheville's own very wizardly storyteller, Gwenda Ledbetter. And please note the special time for this high tea: 4:00 in the afternoon on Thursday, December 4. It will be a delightful event for all ages, so we hope you can join us.

More about The Tales of Beedle the Bard, and the charity to which J. K. Rowling will be contributing her proceeds, can be found here.

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