As some of you know, I was one of the winners of Scholastic's Open Book Tour Sweepstakes, so I attended last night's event. The guest I took is the person who gave me my first copy of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and made me promise to read it, my dear friend Professor Kathryn N. McDaniel of Marietta College. (She's the author of "The Elfin Mystique: Fantasy and Feminism in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter Series" in Past Watchful Dragons: Fantasy and Faith in the World of C.S. Lewis.)
It was an unforgettable night. I took detailed notes so I could share the event with those who are interested.
Ms. Rowling was introducted by Keith Olbermann of MSNBC's Countdown with Keith Olbermann, who made relevant points about how meaningful interaction between reader and writer can be (using his own childhood example of writing a fan letter to Roald Dahl after reading James and the Giant Peach and receiving a reply from Dahl), and how J.K. Rowling's works have inspired people to become readers, rereaders, and writers.
( J.K. Rowling's Book ReadingCollapse )
( J.K. Rowling's Q&A SessionCollapse )
After the Q&A, she signed copies of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. She made a point to meet each person's eyes and respond to everyone individually. I was impressed by her genuine happiness in meeting her readers. I was also pleased to have the chance to thank her personally for her books and her appearance.
And that, my friends, is my report!