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Australian radio station to do non-stop Harry Potter reading

(Press Release) Brisbane, Australia -- Within six days the worldwide sales embargo on the latest Harry Potter book will be lifted. As soon as Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince goes on sale, Australian radio station, 973FM will read J.K. Rowling's sixth book in its entirety.

Australian radio station 973FM has created a Harry Potter non-stop book reading event to be held outside a famous Brisbane city bookstore. Once the Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince hits the book stand at 9:01am (Australia Eastern Standard Time) this Saturday (07/16/05), celebrities, local identities & Potter fans will take turns in reading 10 minute passages of the book.

Without knowing too much about the size of the book, 973FM has created a 12 hour roster of people to read the book. 973FM morning radio presenter, Terry Hansen points out, the secrecy surrounding the book could create problems: "What do we do if J.K. Rowling has created a gigantic book?"

Official approval for the Harry Potter reading event was granted on Thursday (07/07/05) by the Christopher Little Literature Agency in the United Kingdom. Emma Schlesinger at the Christopher Little Literature Agency has placed strict instructions on the book reading - including: That the book reading must be a continuous reading of the entire book (post time of publication) with no breaks whatsoever; That the concept is completely uncommercial, not for profit, not sponsored or tied to any third party, and no one is paid to take part in the reading; That radio 973FM doesn't record for future use - this permission is strictly for one-time use.

WHO: Brisbane, Australia radio station 973FM
WHAT: 973FM will be holding a non-stop book reading of Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince.
WHEN: Commencing this Saturday 16th July 2005 at 9:01am (Australian Eastern Standard Time) / Saturday 16th July 2005 12:01am (GMT) / Friday 15th July 2005 6:01PM (New York time)
WHERE: Outside Borders Bookstore. 162 Albert Street, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. (Opposite Myer Centre).

Published July 10, 2005

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