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(Victoria, BC – 3 December 2007) A signed copy of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and a rare hand-numbered signed limited edition of Margaret Atwood’s poetry collection, The Door, will be the eye-catching headline items in an’s online charity auction taking place between December 6 and 11.

With Christmas just a few weeks away, will offer four separate lots to the highest bidders:

  • A signed Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows obtained by an AbeBooks employee at JK Rowling’s recent appearance in Toronto plus memorabilia from the event including the ticket, a set of Harry Potter stickers, a commemorative bookmark, a door hanger, and a poster. Earlier this year, sold a signed copy of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows for $5,500
  • A hand-numbered signed limited edition of Margaret Atwood’s The Door – only 150 were produced and this is No.4. The book is housed in a box, quarter-bound in Iris bookcloth and has handmade marble endpapers. It includes a limited edition block print signed and numbered in pencil by the author. No.1 and No.2 were auctioned earlier in the year for $2,000 and No.2 for $1,800 respectively by PEN Canada. All proceeds from this lot will be donated to PEN Canada - charity that supports freedom of expression.
  • An illustrated edition of Life of Pi signed by Yann Martel
  • Signed copies of Kiran Desai’s two novels – The Inheritance of Loss and Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard.

The signed book auction will close at 3pm (EST) / 8pm (GMT) on Tuesday 11 December. More details can be found at

All proceeds from the JK Rowling, Yann Martel and Kiran Desai books will be donated to the United Way and its ‘Project Literacy’ initiative in’s hometown of Victoria, BC.

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