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Signed copy of Robert Galbraith’s Silkworm sells for $1,720

One day, that’s all it took for The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith to become a collectible book. Yesterday, the day of the novel’s release, a signed copy of The Silkworm written by JK Rowling under the Galbraith pen name sold for $1,720 on AbeBooks. The book was sold shortly after being listed for sale on […]

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Rare spell books sell for $13,865 but beware of the curse

Just days before All Hallow’s Eve, two handwritten, spiral-bound books of spells have sold on AbeBooks.com for $13,865, but the buyer risks being cursed if they are not a believer in witchcraft.  The opening page of the first of the two grimoires (that’s a magical textbook) is inscribed with the haunting warning: “To those not […]

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More on The Cuckoo’s Calling – Signed First Sells for $4,453

More news around The Cuckoo’s Calling and JK Rowling‘s (Robert Galbraith’s) recent marketing brilliance. The most expensive copy of The Cuckoo’s Calling that we at AbeBooks have sold on the marketplace this week was a signed first edition that went for $4,453 / £2,950. The signature was Robert Galbraith (we wondered – would a copy […]

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Breaking News: JK Rowling Actually a Man Named Robert Galbraith

All right, that post headling might have been a bit misleading, but I thought it was funny. JK Rowling is not actually a man. What she very well might be is a genius. And not just the sort we already knew about – the imaginative, creative writing genius who created Quidditch and butterbeer and Hogwarts […]

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Annotated Philosopher’s Stone sells at auction for £150,000

The English charity PEN held an auction yesterday where they acquired a large number of first editions from various authors and then had the authors sign, annotate, and in some cases illustrate these editions.  The auction, which was entitled “First Editions, Second Thoughts” raised £439,000 for the charity whose goal is to fight censorship and […]

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Look out BBC TV: Here Comes Rowling’s Casual Vacancy

The boy wizard might be grown and gone now, but Harry Potter’s creator is showing no sign of fading into obscurity any time soon. As reported yesterday by the BBC, J.K. Rowling’s latest novel (this one written for adults) The Casual Vacancy is set to become a BBC television drama. The novel tells the story […]

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Lucky Kids, Unlucky Neighbors: JK Rowling Builds Enormous Treehouses

According to The Guardian, Harry Potter creator JK Rowling is either a tremendously inconsiderate nuisance, or the coolest, most fun mother ever, depending on who you ask. The author has been given the go-ahead to build two elaborate, Hogwarts-inspired, two-storey treehouses in the garden of her suburban Edinburgh home. As her home is situated in […]

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JK Rowling’s Single American Casual Vacancy Tour Date

American Harry Potter fans hoping to catch a glimpse of author JK Rowling promoting her new book in person may be disappointed. According to Entertainment Weekly’s, Shelf Life blog, Rowling, whose new book The Casual Vacancy is due out next week, will make just one U.S. appearance, at New York’s Jazz at Lincoln Center on […]

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Breaking News: Queen Names Puppies After Harry Potter Characters

This is both important, and relevant to my interests. Queen Elizabeth has named an entire litter of Labrador Retriever puppies after Harry Potter characters. She’s keeping mum so far on most of the names, but a leak revealed that one of them is called “Gryffindor”. I guess she’s repaying a favor – after all, J.K. […]

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