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(Victoria, BC – 10 May 2007) - is asking Harry Potter fans to salute the Boy Wizard through poetry and the best ‘Potter Poet’ will win a unique bookshelf constructed entirely from Harry Potter books. - the world’s largest online marketplace for new, used, rare and out-of-print books – commissioned acclaimed American book sculptor Jim Rosenau to create the one-of-a-kind bookshelf from hardcover versions of JK Rowling’s books.

Although the Harry Potter books are a record-breaking publishing phenomenon, the unique shelf marks the first time that the books have been transformed into a piece of art. The bookshelf will be given to the person who can write the finest ‘Potter Poetry.’ The poem can take any form, including limerick, haiku, love poem, elegy or sonnet.

The best entries will be published online by AbeBooks in its dedicated Harry Potter Room. The overall winner, as judged by AbeBooks staff, will receive the bookshelf, which is both artistic and completely functional, in time for the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows on July 21.

Jim Rosenau – at This Into That, based in Berkeley, California - has been a professional book sculptor since 2002 and specializes in thematic bookshelves constructed from books. He usually works with much older used books, but the Harry Potter shelf is one of a few in which he has used flawless new books.

“The remarkable thing about these Harry Potter books is that the covers have so much color and vibrancy,” said Jim. “The colors are extremely eye-catching and I’m sure any Harry Potter fan would be very excited about owning this bookshelf.”

The contest will close on July 6. ‘Potter Poets’ can enter up to three times but only one poem per entry can be submitted. Anyone can enter but would-be Wordsworths under 18 years old must have their parents’ permission.

Enter the contest at:

An interview with Jim Rosenau can be found at:

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