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J.K. Rowling’s Harvard commencement speech to become a book

British author J.K. Rowling poses for photographers at the Southbank Centre in London. AP

The words of wisdom J.K. Rowling delivered to Harvard grads in 2008 will be published as an illustrated book. Little, Brown announced that the “Harry Potter” author’s commencement speech will be released in hardcover and called “Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination.” According to the publisher, the book, to be illustrated by Joel Holland , will be out next April and benefit both Lumos, a charity founded by Rowling to help needy kids, and financial aid at Harvard. “I have heard and read many commencement speeches, none more moving and memorable than J.K. Rowling’s,” Harvard president Drew Gilpin Faust said in a statement. “Years after her visit to Harvard, people still talk about it — and still find inspiration in her singular evocation of the idea that living a meaningful life so often means daring to risk failure. What a powerful example she embodies, and what a remarkable gift her speech was, and is, for all of us privileged to hear it then — and to read it now.”

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