Nimbus 2003: A Harry Potter Symposium Saturday Keynote Luncheon Speaker Announced

For Immediate Release

NEW YORK (February 11, 2003) -- Nimbus - 2003 is pleased to announce its second keynote luncheon speaker.

Cheryl Klein, Assistant Editor of Arthur A. Levine Books, is scheduled to be the keynote speaker for the Luncheon at Nimbus - 2003 in Orlando, Florida, on Saturday, July 19, 2003.

Klein is one of the editors who has worked with J.K. Rowling on the US editions of the Harry Potter books, and is currently involved in the pre-publication process for Order of the Phoenix. Her keynote will feature her perspective on the editing of the books, and how Levine obtained U.S. rights to this best-selling series.

Arthur A. Levine Books is an imprint-division of Scholastic, Inc.

Gwendolyn Grace, lead organizer for Nimbus - 2003, said that she was pleased to see that Ms. Klein will be able to round out a terrific slate of presenters. "We've had hundreds of registrations for Nimbus - 2003 so far, and as it's the first year for this event, it's been gratifying to see so much enthusiasm from registrants and presenters. Everyone has shown tremendous faith in the project."

Late last month, Nimbus - 2003 also announced that Connie Neal, author of The Gospel According to Harry Potter, will be speaking at the event. She joins presenters Judith Krug of the American Library Association (who will be presenting at the Friday keynote luncheon), authors Roger Highfield of the Daily Telegraph, Dr. Phillip Nel and John Granger, as well as nearly one hundred other presenters, on the event's roster. The complete schedule of presenters and panels will be available at the Nimbus - 2003 website later in February.

About Nimbus - 2003

Nimbus - 2003 is the first international Harry Potter symposium. Nimbus - 2003 will be held July 17-20, 2003, in Orlando, Florida at Walt Disney's Swan & Dolphin Hotel. The Symposium is mainly geared towards individuals over 18 years of age, and is being organized by representatives from dozens of Harry Potter-focused sites, including internationally respected news blog The Leaky Cauldron, the Harry Potter for Grownups collective of discussion groups and FictionAlley, the largest fanfiction/discussion site in the fandom. The Symposium will be a good mix of academic conference and "fan-con," and thus will feature programming appealing to both audiences, as well as an exhibition room, library, games space and double feature of the two Harry Potter films. Sponsorship information and banners for supporters to place on their websites are located here.