World’s Only Slytherin House Party at Harbourfront Centre!Toronto, July 4, 2005-International Readings at Harbourfront Centre and Mabel’s Fables Bookstores are pleased to present the world’s only Slytherin House Party, celebrating the launch of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. This fabulous free event takes place on the eve of the book’s launch, Friday, July 15 in Lakeside Terrace, 235 Queens Quay West from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. The evening will feature D.J.’s, dancing, celebrity readings and a performance by Toronto indie-pop queens Magneta Lane.Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is perhaps the most anticipated release of the 2005 publishing season and Harbourfront Centre is the place to pick up your copy. Mabel’s Fables is currently offering Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince for pre-sale at two Toronto locations, 662 Mt. Pleasant Rd. and 2939 Bloor St. West. Muggles with a pre-purchased HP6 coupon will be able to pick up their books at the Slytherin House Party beginning at the stroke of midnight. For more details or to purchase HP6 coupons the public may visit www.mabelsfables.com.For more information on the Slytherin House Party and other International Readings programming for young people the public may visit www.readings.org or call the Harbourfront Centre information line at 416.973.4000.
-30-Media Contacts:Print:Tamiko Winter 416.954.4025, firstname.lastname@example.orgRadio/Television:Stephen Myers 416.973.4147, email@example.comInternational Readingsat Harbourfront CentreSince its inception in 1974, International Readings has hosted more than 4,500 authors from 100 countries, including thirteen Nobel Laureates. International Readings provides Canadian authors an internationally recognized stage on which to present their work and brings the best of world literature to Canada. Our season includes weekly Readings, the annual International Festival of Authors (October 19 - 29, 2005) and ALOUD: a Celebration for Young Readers.