Even without the continuation of the Harry Potter series, J. K. Rowling is still making a buzz in the printed book world. Her new title, The Casual Vacancy, will arrive on bookshelves September 27 through her new publisher Little, Brown & Co.
Vacancy is described as an adult’s novel with cynical humor about the imaginary town of Pagford, who’s harmonious appearance isn’t what it seems. Rowling hopes her transition to her new phase will be an effortless one and credits the Potter series with giving her the freedom to attempt catering to a fresh audience.
“Although I’ve enjoyed writing it every bit as much, my next book will be very different to the Harry Potter series, which has been published so brilliantly by Bloomsbury and my other publishers around the world. The freedom to explore new territory is a gift that Harry’s success has brought me, and with that new territory it seemed a logical progression to have a new publisher. I am delighted to have a second publishing home in Little, Brown, and a publishing team that will be a great partner in this new phase of my writing life.”
As Rowling is an accomplished writer, I am confident her new title will be pleasing to read. It was a brave move to end such a successful series and instead of drawing out the Harry Potter saga forevermore as Hollywood tends to do with certain movie titles, she has chosen to begin anew. It’s as if we are watching her on a journey, and if we choose to do so, we can follow her to uncharted lands and support her future works.