J. K. Rowling and her publisher Little, Brown, and Company have announced that they will publish The Casual Vacancy, her first novel for adults, on September 27, 2012. With Rowling’s legion of fans, this novel is sure to be an instant bestseller.
The Casual Vacancy will be a very different novel from Rowling’s successful Harry Potter series. Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly, leaving his seat on the Pagford parish council open. The election to fill his vacancy causes an all-out war that tears apart the quiet English town. This thought-provoking dark comedy will surprise readers. This is Rowling’s first novel published since her worldwide bestselling Harry Potter series, which have sold 450 million copies and have been translated into 74 languages. The books became a worldwide phenomenon with children and adults alike. The series was also adapted into an extremely popular film franchise. As Harry Potter’s popularity grew, the phenomenon branched out into merchandising and even a Harry Potter theme park in Orlando called The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
Rowling has also announced that she has be working with Sony to launch Pottermore, a website dedicated to giving fans an interactive Harry Potter experience. Pottermore will include exclusive content about the world of Harry Potter that fans won’t be able to access anywhere else. To find out more about Pottermore, go to http://www.pottermore.com/. The Harry Potter series is now available in e-book format through BCPL.