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Founded in 2010 and opened in 2013, The Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic at the University of Edinburgh provides out-patient care for patients with Neurodegenerative diseases as well as cutting edge research and clinical trials.
Founded in 2005, Lumos provides help to institutionalized and disadvantaged children and works towards putting an end to the outdated social care systems, helping to move children from institutions to family-based care.
Gingerbread, originally known as One Parent Families, has helped single parents and their children since 1918. J.K. Rowling has been an Ambassador of the charity for seven years and in 2007 took the honorary position as President.
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In 2008, Harvard University asked J.K. Rowling to deliver the commencement address for that year’s graduating class. Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination is a transcript of that address, with the addition of several black, white, gray, and red illustrations by Joel Holland (who previously working with J.K. Rowling on the covers of “The Casual Vacancy”, “The Cuckoo’s Calling” and “The Silkworm”), highlighting key ideas in the speech.
[Video of J.K. Rowling’s 2008’s Harvard commencement speech.]
The hardcover book is small–5.2 x 0.5 x 7.6 inches–and slim–80 pages. It is published in the US by Little, Brown and Company (April 14, 2015)
The language is English.
90% of the net proceeds from the sale of “Very Good Lives” will go toward J.K. Rowling’s charity, Lumos, which seeks to end the institutionalization of children throughout the world, while 10% will go toward university-wide financial aid for students attending Harvard University.