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J.K. Rowling Just Transformed Her Most Inspirational Speech Into A New Book

Read Rowling's eternal words of wisdom, now in hardcover!

It's not a new "Harry Potter" novel, but we'll take it!

J.K. Rowling has announced a new book: "Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination." And you don't have to wait another second for it; it's being published today.

But before you ask, no, "Very Good Lives" is not set in the Wizarding World, and no, it's not a spy thriller published under a pen name. It's non-fiction, in fact, and you may have already heard it before; "Very Good Lives" is a published version of Rowling's 2008 Harvard University commencement address, one of the author's all-time most inspirational speeches. The book features illustrations by Joel Holland.

Little, Brown

The description for the book reads:

In 2008, J.K. Rowling delivered a deeply affecting commencement speech at Harvard University. Now published for the first time in book form, "Very Good Lives" presents J.K. Rowling’s words of wisdom for anyone at a turning point in life. How can we embrace failure? And how can we use our imagination to better both ourselves and others?

Drawing from stories of her own post-graduate years, the world famous author addresses some of life’s most important questions with acuity and emotional force.

As if Rowling readers needed another reason to pick up the book, sales of "Very Good Lives" will benefit the author's Lumos charity, as well as financial aid at Harvard University.