“Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling reached all ages with her books about “the boy who lived,” but her next work will be specifically for adults, publisher Little, Brown said Thursday.
This will be Rowling’s first adult novel, but other than that, little is known about her new effort. The publisher says more information about the title, story and release date are to come later this year.
Rowling, who started an international phenomenon with her seven-book “Harry Potter” series, said in a statement that her new work of fiction will definitely be a departure from Harry and his Hogwarts crew.
“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,” Rowling said in a statement. “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.”
In its statement, Little, Brown says it will publish Rowling’s upcoming novel in print and e-book in English worldwide.
The Cowgate, Edinburgh
John Locke’s public pay-phone library.
How New York Pay Phones Became Guerrilla Libraries
An interview with the creator
The concept, sponsored by Locke’s imaginary Department of Urban Betterment, is that New Yorkers will pick up unfamiliar titles while running their errands and then, perhaps, replace them the next day with favorite books of their own. That’s in an ideal world. Of the twoguerrilla libraries that the artist has fashioned, one has been used properly while the other has had its entire collection repeatedly ganked by sticky-fingered pedestrians. Its shelves were also stolen.
But Locke has many more libraries planned. With plywood consoles that slip over payphones as neatly as aprons, these sidewalk objets are endlessly replicable. (No doubt they’ll feature in his 2012 Columbia course, “Hacking the Urban Experience.”) I caught up with Locke over the weekend to ask him about what was and wasn’t working with these literary outposts, as well as why he started the project in the first place.
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