J.K. Rowling to Publish First Post-Potter Book

08/01/2008 at 07:45 AM EDT

J.K. Rowling to Publish First Post-Potter Book
J.K. Rowling
Mark Stewart/Camera Press/Retna
Christmas comes early for Harry Potter fans! J.K. Rowling's new book, The Tales of Beedle the Bard – her first major work since retiring the boy wizard last year – hits shelves December 4.

The 157-page collection of five wizardry-inspired fairy tales was mentioned in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the seventh and final novel in the best-selling series.

Rowling previously produced seven hand-crafted copies of the book – but this is its first commercial publication.

Beedle will retail for $12.99, with Amazon.com offering 100,000 leather-bound "Collector's Edition" copies – designed to mimic the handmade originals – for $100 each.

Proceeds from the sale will go to the Children's High Level Group, Rowling's charity for vulnerable children.
– Caris Davis

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