J.K. Rowling is scheduled to be in New York City on October 16th where she’ll be interviewed by novelist Ann Patchett, answer fans’ questions, and do book signings for her new book, The Casual Vacancy.
There’s much speculation on what this new phase in her writing will bring. Of course, with the book having been authored by J.K. Rowling’s, there’s no doubt that it will sell well. However, as there are no advance sales for review, so there’s not much known about it.
However, Jo’s American Publisher, Michael Pietsch, has been one of the lucky people that have already read the book, and has great things to say about it.
“I expect the world to be ecstatic at the range of her imaginative reach,” predicts Rowling’s American publisher, Michael Pietsch. One of the few to have read the embargoed book, he calls Rowling “a genius, one of the great writers of all time.” Reading the 512-page novel, he says, “reminded me of Dickens because of the humanity, the humor, the social concerns, the intensely real characters.”
No wands, apparently: “This book isn’t Harry Potter,” says Pietsch. “It is a completely different concern.”
There’s also curiosity on whether Jo will be able to make the transition from children’s books to adult books smoothly.
Edward Nawotka, editor in chief of the online journal Publishing Perspectives, notes that Rowling isn’t quite moving from children’s books to adult, more young-adult to adult.
“Rowling made something of this transition already within the full cycle of Harry Potternovels,” he says. “By the final book … she’d built in complex psychological and emotional themes and handled them adroitly, which should serve her well when catering to an adult audience.”
The event in New York City will be at
Jazz the David H. Koch theatre at The Lincoln Center from 8 p.m. Tickets go on sale September 10th. The cost for a ticket is $43 (online), $44 (via phone), $37 (at the Jazz at Lincoln Center Box Office) and includes a copy of the book. Approximately 1,100 tickets will be available.
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