J.K. Rowling: Have Book, Will Travel

J.K. Rowling is going on the road.

The British-born "Harry Potter" author will give four readings in the United States this fall, her first U.S. promotional tour since 2000, when she was just becoming an international sensation and had yet to give birth to her second and third children.

"What J.K. Rowling loves most is to talk with her readers, and that is what she will be able to do on this very special U.S. tour," Lisa Holton, president of Scholastic Trade and Book Fairs, said Thursday in a statement.

Rowling's seventh and final Potter book, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," comes out July 21, but will surely remain deep in her fans' hearts when she arrives in the United States in October.

On Oct. 15, she will read at the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles, followed three days later by an appearance at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans and two readings on Oct. 19 at New York's Carnegie Hall. Rowling, 41, will take questions at each of the readings and sign books.

Don't bother rushing for tickets. For three of the readings, Scholastic will pick schools to send children. For the fourth reading, at Carnegie Hall, 1,000 fans will be chosen from a Scholastic sweepstakes, with each winner receiving two passes.

Details on the sweepstakes will be available July 30 on www.scholastic.com/harrypotter.