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Rowling writes for charity

August 01, 2008|From the Associated Press

News alert for Harry Potter fans: A book of wizard fairy tales written and illustrated by J.K. Rowling is to be published for charity.

A British charity said Thursday it hopes to raise $8 million through sales of "The Tales of Beedle the Bard." Rowling co-founded the Children's High Level Group, which supports institutionalized children. She has signed over her royalties.

The book is a collection of five wizarding tales referred to in Rowling's Potter saga. It was initially produced in an edition of seven handwritten copies. Six were given away by Rowling as gifts, and one was bought by retailer Amazon at an auction in December for almost $4 million.

The book will be published Dec. 4 by Bloomsbury in Britain and Scholastic in the United States.

Amazon also plans a leather-bound edition priced at $100.

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