Wizards welcome at book release party
Neighbors Bookstore in Village Center, 4000 Lake Tahoe Blvd., will be magically transformed into the Flourish and Blotts bookshop from 9 p.m. to midnight July 20 for the midnight release party for “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.” For anyone who might not know, Flourish and Blotts is the name of the bookshop where students attending Hogwarts purchase their text books.
The event will begin at 9 p.m. and book seven of the Harry Potter series may be picked up at 12:01 a.m. July 21. Michael Stroschein, co-owner of Neighbors Bookstore, recommends that everyone order their copy of the book in advance and pick it up at the party.
Since the surrounding area is well-protected by “Memory Charms,” it will be safe to wear normal wizard attire and everyone is encouraged to come in costume. If you miss the Hogwarts Express or are unable to apparate to Flourish and Blotts and must come incognito by way of Muggle transportation, feel free to arrive in the Muggle manner.
Music appropriate to the evening will be provided by Tom Au France on lute and Mary Au France playing the accordion. Activities include a Quidditch Pitch, costume contests for youths and adults with prizes, booksignings and visits with local authors, and a variety of surprises throughout the evening.
Guest authors will be Fox Carleton Hughes, a cartoonist who writes books for children with delightful illustrations; William Hill, who has written numerous magical books for young adults and the young at heart; and Todd Borg, whose intriguing mystery books are set at Tahoe and feature a Great Dane named Spot.
Call Neighbors Bookstore at (530) 541-6296.