J.K. Rowling, Stephen King and John Irving will read selections from their own works during two benefit performances at Radio City Music Hall this summer.
It will be Rowling’s first visit to the U.S. since 2000. The Harry Potter creator is a resident of Edinburgh, Scotland.
“Stephen pretended to be in suspense about my answer, but frankly, this was easily one of the most enticing propositions ever put to me in an envelope,” Rowling said in a statement.
King, author of “Carrie” and other horror tales, came up with the idea for the benefit. He called it “a dream come true for me.”
“It’s a chance for me to read with two great writers while supporting two very deserving organizations at the same time,” he said in a statement.
“An Evening With Harry, Carrie & Garp” will be held Aug. 1-2.
The performances will benefit the Haven Foundation, which helps performing artists whose accidents or illnesses have left them uninsured and unable to work, and Doctors Without Borders, a humanitarian group that delivers emergency aid in more than 70 countries.
Irving, author of “The World According to Garp” and a close friend of King’s, said he looked forward to meeting Rowling. He credited her with “introducing an entire generation of readers to long, complicated, plotted novels.”
Tickets go on sale Friday.
The benefit performances are being sponsored by Scholastic and Simon & Schuster/CBS Corp.