J.K. Rowling Events Announced

J.K. Rowling Events

The Casual Vacancy


J.K. Rowling will be appearing at the following public events to discuss her first novel for adults, The Casual Vacancy:

Thursday 27th September
7:30pm Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, London.
In conversation with BBC journalist Mark Lawson, followed by a book signing.
Price: £15 / £12
Box office: +44 (0)844 847 9910
Website: http://ticketing.southbankcentre.co.uk/find/literature-spoken-word/tickets/j-k-rowling-68813
Tickets on sale to members from 1st August and to the public from 3pm on 3rd August.
Saturday 6th October
6:30pm The Centaur, The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival.
In conversation with writer and broadcaster James Runcie, followed by a book signing.
Price: £15
Box office: +44 (0)844 880 8094
Website: www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/literature
Tickets on sale to members from 13th August and to the public from 20th August. Membership available online.

J.K. Rowling will be signing copies of The Casual Vacancy after both events.  In order to allow as many audience members as possible to have their book signed, it will be limited to one copy per person.

Little, Brown

The Casual Vacancy

By J.K. Rowling

When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early forties, the town of Pagford is left in shock.

Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty facade is a town at war.

Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils... Pagford is not what it first seems.

And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations?

A big novel about a small town, The Casual Vacancy is J.K. Rowling's first novel for adults. It is the work of a storyteller like no other.

This is a wonderful novel. JK Rowling's skills as a storyteller are on a par with RL Stevenson, Conan Doyle and PD James. Here, they are combined with her ability to create memorable and moving characters to produce a state-of-England novel driven by tenderness and furyA needle-sharp and darkly comic expose of today's class-ridden society . . . A highly readable morality tale for our timesThe Casual Vacancy is a stunning, brilliant, outrageously gripping and entertaining evocation of British society today. [J.K. Rowling] has done a rather brave thing and pulled it off magnificentlyOne marvels at the skill with which Rowling weaves such vivid characters in and out of each other's livesHeartbreaking - turning the page seems unbearable, but not as much as putting down the book would beAn exquisite and occasionally moving black comedy . . . The acid test - I suspect it would do well even if its author's name weren't J.K. RowlingA big, ambitious, brilliant, profane, funny, deeply upsetting and magnificently eloquent novel of contemporary England . . . This is a deeply moving book by somebody who understands both human beings and novels very, very deeplyInsightful, meaningful, daring and resolutely challenging to tabloid assumptions regarding the moral worth of individualsThe action bowls along compellingly, most of the characters are vividly drawn and there are some sharp - often very sharp - observations about their social pretensions . . . a bold and distinctive effortThis is a novel of insight and skill, deftly drawn and, at the end, cleverly pulled together. It plays to her strengths as a storytellerThe Casual Vacancy is a brilliant novel, entertaining, intelligent, moving, passionate and hard-hitting; touching on familiar subjects but approaching them with great originality and skill. Moreover, it's unputdownable . . . The novel is a triumphRowling is a great storyteller with a clear eye and a warm heart, and The Casual Vacancy is a moving and immensely pleasurable novelThe first adult novel by J.K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling is the author of the bestselling Harry Potter series of seven books, published between 1997 and 2007, which have sold over 450 million copies worldwide, are distributed in more than 200 territories, translated into 73 languages, and have been turned into eight blockbuster films. She has also written two small volumes, which appear as the titles of Harry's schoolbooks within the novels. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Quidditch Through the Ages were published by Bloomsbury Children's Books in March 2001 in aid of Comic Relief. In December 2008, The Tales of Beedle the Bard was published in aid of the Children's High Level Group, and quickly became the fastest selling book of the year.

As well as an OBE for services to children's literature, J.K. Rowling is the recipient of numerous awards and honorary degrees including the Prince of Asturias Award for Concord, France's Legion d'Honneur, and the Hans Christian Andersen Award, and she has been a Commencement Speaker at Harvard University USA. She supports a wide number of charitable causes through her charitable trust Volant, and is the founder of Lumos, a charity working to transform the lives of disadvantaged children.

THE CASUAL VACANCY has sold over a million copies in its Little, Brown UK editions to dateIt was UK Number One on the Sunday Times chart for 12 weeksIt has been translated into over 40 languages and had been a bestseller around the worldIt was chosen by users of Goodreads as their favourite novel of 2012It is to be adapted into a BBC1 drama, which is planned for 2014
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Little, Brown Book Group announces that the new novel for adults by J.K. Rowling is entitled The Casual Vacancy. The book will be published worldwide in the English language in hardback, ebook, unabridged audio download and on CD on Thursday 27th September 2012.
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J.K. Rowling at the Southbank Centre

J.K. Rowling and Mark Dowling photographed at Southbank Centre for the launch of her first novel for adults, 'The Casual Vacancy'.
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J.K. Rowling Interviews and Scottish events

J. K. Rowling will be headlining this year’s Lennoxlove Book Festival on the opening evening, Friday 2nd November at 8.30pm. It will be the only public event she will be doing in Scotland for The Casual Vacancy, her first novel for adults. Tickets for the event go on sale Thursday 13th September.
This is a wonderful novel. JK Rowling's skills as a storyteller are on a par with RL Stevenson, Conan Doyle and PD James.

The Casual Vacancy

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An interivew with J.K. Rowling

Best-selling author J.K. Rowling is interviewed about her first novel for adults, 'The Casual Vacancy'.