Raincoast Books Harry Potter Launch Weekend Sweepstakes Contest Starts Today

Vancouver (PRWEB) June 1, 2005

Raincoast Books launches an online contest today, June 1st, in partnership with over 400 independent bookstores, Amazon.ca and other retailers across Canada.

Harry Potter book fans, age 8-16, are eligible to enter at http://www.raincoast.com/harrypotter/index.html

The Harry Potter Launch Weekend Sweepstakes Contest runs from June 1 to June 16. The Grand Prize is a trip to Edinburgh to meet J.K. Rowling.

The Grand Prize winner will be selected on June 17. The winning Canadian Harry Potter fan (age 8-16) , along with a guardian or parent, will travel to Edinburgh. On the stroke of midnight on the eve of publication on Saturday 16th July J.K. Rowling will read from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince the latest installment in the Harry Potter book adventure in the Great Hall at Edinburgh Castle.

Her audience of seventy aspiring cub reporters will attend the Harry Potter Children’s Press Conference Weekend on behalf of newspapers, and other organizations from around the world. The cub reporters will meet J.K. Rowling who will give them each a signed copy of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. There will be a photographer at the midnight event who will take a photograph of each child with J. K. Rowling as she gives them their book. The cub reporters will then have the weekend to read the book in a specially created Reading Room at Edinburgh Castle before attending the Children’s Press Conference on Sunday 17th July to question J. K. Rowling about the new book.

The Grand Prize winner of the Raincoast Harry Potter Launch Weekend Sweepstakes Contest will receive:

four night, five day trip for two people (one cub reporter age 8-16 and one adult) to Edinburgh, Scotland

return economy airfare

four nights accommodation (double occupancy) in a hotel located in Edinburgh

airport and hotel transfers in Edinburgh

passes to the Harry Potter Launch Weekend event and the Children’s Press Conference at Edinburgh Castle (July 17).

(approx. value $ 5000 Cdn.)

Although no purchase will be necessary, entrants will need a special Harry Potter password to enter, obtainable on (a) special postcards that are available without charge at participating independent bookstores, Amazon.ca and other retailers, and (b) online at http://www.raincoast.com/harrypotter/index.html . All valid entries submitted between June 1st and June 16th at http://www.raincoast.com/harrypotter/index.html will be entered to win, including residents of Quebec.

For more information regarding the Raincoast Books publicity and marketing campaign, please contact:

Jamie Broadhurst

Director of Marketing

Raincoast Books

604-323-7124

Jamie@raincoast.com

Raincoast Books is a Canadian publisher of the Harry Potter book series. Raincoast is a publisher and distributor based in Vancouver, BC. Raincoast Publishing produces a wide range of fiction and non-fiction titles for adults and children. Raincoast Distribution is the exclusive Canadian distributor for some of the leading publishers from the U.K., the U.S. and Canada.

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