And Continuing the Wizard-Rock Theme . . .

Two big announcements:

First, per this post on TLC, I am going to be a guest host on this coming week's Pottercast. There's a call-in section, so if there's something HP- or writing-related you haven't asked me yet -- why are you holding back? Dial the number, leave us a question, and maybe we'll answer it on the air. This should be tremendously entertaining, and hopefully have lots of good book discussion too. (The big question for this week's show is "What do you think the gleam in Dumbledore's eye at the end of Book Four meant?" Which means I better solidify my theory fast . . .)

Second, a trip that has been long in conception but is even greater in excitement: My dear friend Melissa Anelli of the Leaky Cauldron, her sometime husband Emerson Spartz of Mugglenet (a.k.a. the two fans chosen to interview J. K. Rowling on the release of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince last year), and I are going on tour later this month to celebrate the paperback edition of Half-Blood Prince. At every stop, we'll discuss the book, how it changed things from Book Five and sets us up for Seven, the literary construction of the series, and our personal journeys with Harry . . . and I will laugh at Melissa and Emerson as fangirls and fanboys beg them for autographs and sing tribute filks. (I've seen this happen.) Here's the wheres and whens:

July 20, 7 p.m.
Anderson's Bookshop
123 West Jefferson
Naperville, IL 60540

July 25, 7 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Summerlin
Crossroads Commons
8915 W. Charleston
Las Vegas, NV 89117

July 30, 1 p.m.
Barnes & Noble
the Grove at Farmers Market
189 Grove Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90036

We will be creating podcasts of all three appearances -- but if you live near Chicago, Las Vegas or L.A., that's no excuse not to come out and see us. (Lisa, Greg, Marilyn: This means you!)

So there's huge Potter fun bustin' out all over . . . Voldemort can't stop the rock!!!