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January 28, 2008

RSU to Present Book Talk: 'Harry Potter Beyond Wizardry'

A Rogers State University librarian will give a talk about the wildly popular J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” book series on Wednesday, Jan. 30 at the RSU Stratton Taylor Library. The talk which is free and open to the public will begin at 3:30 p.m. in room 207 of the library. The event is part of the RSU Literary Review Series and refreshments will be provided.

Laura Bottoms, associate director of the Stratton Taylor Library, will discuss the literary and cultural impact of the seven-book fantasy series. She will also discuss some of the characters and themes Rowling developed in her work. Bottoms said she began reading the series with her children and quickly became a fan of Rowling’s work.

The final book in the series “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” was published this summer. According to the BBC News, more than 325 million Harry Potter Books have been sold since the first installment of the series was published in 1997.

“The series began as children’s literature and has been phenomenally popular with both children and adults,” Bottoms said.

 Bottoms earned her Masters of Library Science from Simmons College in Boston and a Masters of English from Tufts University in Medford, Mass. She has worked at RSU since 1993.

More information is available by contacting the RSU Stratton Taylor Library at 343-7716.