J.K. Rowling and other authors are selling first-edition copies of their books with annotations, written thoughts on the book, and/or illustrations to benefit the writers' organization English PEN.
J.K. Rowling, Hilary Mantel, Ian McEwan, Philip Pullman, and other British authors will auction off first-edition copies of their books with annotations, illustrations, or commentaries about their stories to benefit the British writers’ organization English PEN.
The auction will take place May 21, with 50 British writers contributing first-edition copies of their works with some sort of additions. Pullman’s novel “Northern Lights,” known as “The Golden Compass” in America, will be sold as well as Helen Fielding’s novel “Bridget Jones’s Diary," Roald Dahl’s children’s book “Matilda,” and Mantel's "Wolf Hall."
Rowling is contributing the first book in the Harry Potter series, “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone,” known as “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” in the US. As noted by Reuters, the book is the hardest to find of the "Harry Potter" series because it had the fewest copies released during its first printing.