July 18, 2013 |
A British law firm admitted on Thursday that it was the source of the information that J.K. Rowling had secretly published a mystery novel, "The Cuckoo's Calling," under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. Rowling's response? She is "very angry. " She wasn't at first. Initially, she was somewhat wistful. "I hoped to keep this secret a little longer," she wrote on her website. " [B]eing Robert Galbraith has been such a liberating experience! It has been wonderful to publish without hype or expectation and pure pleasure to get feedback from publishers and readers under a different name.
July 16, 2013 |
J.K. Rowling's birthday is coming up on July 31, but readers have already given her a present: a new bestseller. "The Cuckoo's Calling" is a mystery published in April by Mulholland Books. It leapt to the top of Amazon's bestseller list this weekend when it was revealed that the author, Robert Galbraith, was, in fact, Rowling. The book remains the top-selling book on Amazon . Rowling had talked openly about the pressures of following up her Harry Potter success. After the final boy-wizard novel, she wrote her first book for adults, "The Casual Vacancy," which received a chilly critical reception.
July 14, 2013 |
Little, Brown confirmed Sunday that "The Cuckoo's Calling," a well-reviewed crime novel, was secretly written by Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling. The book was written under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. Another book using that pen name is coming next year. "The Cuckoo's Calling" was published by Little, Brown imprint Mulholland Books on April 30. “A reprint of the book is under way and will carry a revised author biography, which reads, 'Robert Galbraith is a pseudonym for J.K. Rowling,' ” Reagan Arthur, publisher of Little, Brown, said in a statement. Little, Brown confirmed Rowling's authorship of the book after the Sunday Times of London revealed the secret.
May 20, 2013 |
What does one of the world's best-known authors think when she holds the book that made her famous? J.K. Rowling looks at the title page of the first edition of “Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone,” (as it's is known in the U.K.) and thinks this book “changed my life forever.” She also thinks: I wish I'd not made a badger the symbol for Hufflepuff in the Hogwarts coat of arms. “Perhaps Hufflepuff would have the respect it deserves from fans if I'd stuck to my original idea of a bear to represent it.” Those are Rowling's handwritten notes -- she even drew the shield with a bear inside -- that appear in the first edition copy of “Harry Potter” she's donated to English PEN . The annotated book will be auctioned off, along with 49 from other famous authors, to raise funds for the writers' rights group.
December 11, 2012 |
Boyish chef Jamie Oliver moved past Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling on British bestseller lists this week, the Guardian reports. Their books were released on the same day, Sept. 27. Oliver has penned a cookbook, "15 Minute Meals. " His cookbooks are perennially popular, landing at or near the top of British bestseller lists. While Rowling is also a bestseller, her novel released this year was not guaranteed to be a hit. She left Harry Potter behind and penned her first book for adults, "The Casual Vacancy.
December 5, 2012 |
This writing thing might work out after all for J.K. Rowling - the BBC wants to make a series out of her latest novel. Rowling, the U.K. novelist who became a billionaire from the "Harry Potter" series, will have her first adult novel, "The Casual Vacancy," turned into a British series, with an expected air date in 2014. In a statement, Rowling said: "I'm thrilled that the BBC has commissioned 'The Casual Vacancy.' I always felt that, if...
November 20, 2012 |
It's Bad Sex Day on the Internet today. Of course, every day is bad sex day on the Internet. But today's bad sex is actually enjoyable, and it arrives via the respected Literary Review of London and its Bad Sex in Fiction Award. Call it coitus ridiculous. It's sex that's so bad as to be laughable, in a delightfully literary kind of way. Eight authors were named finalists for the Bad Sex in Fiction award Tuesday. All the buzz is that J.K. Rowling didn't make the cut. Rowling's "The Literary Vacancy" was a favorite to walk away with the award, in part for a passage in which a vulva and Santa Claus manage to squeeze themselves into the same sentence.
October 4, 2012
Sales for J.K. Rowling's first adult novel were hardly magical during its first six days. But the publisher isn't complaining. Little, Brown & Co. announced Wednesday that "The Casual Vacancy" has sold 375,000 copies so far, a figure that includes hardcovers, e-books and audio books. That makes Rowling's novel among the fastest-selling new releases of the year, although not in the same league as her Harry Potter books. The last one, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," came out in 2007 and sold more than 8 million copies in the U.S. alone in its first 24 hours.
September 26, 2012 |
J.K. Rowling wrote "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" as a single mum on the dole. Seven books, 4,100 pages and a blockbuster film series later, she's one of the wealthiest authors on the planet - worth more than $900 million. That's about as close as any author ever gets to a sure thing. Yet Rowling has walked away from Harry Potter into uncharted territory. On Thursday, her novel "The Casual Vacancy" hits shelves and e-bookstores. Little is known about it beyond the basics: It's a contemporary, realistic novel written for adults.
September 26, 2012 |
Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has opened the door to the possibility of a new book about the boy wizard -- but only if she manages to conjure up "a fabulous idea. " Rowling told a BBC interviewer on the eve of publication of her new book, "The Casual Vacancy," that she is at the point in her career where she doesn't have to write "just to make money. " As a result, she says, she can focus on creating something for her own growth and enjoyment as a writer, and for her readers. Rowling said she would be willing to revisit the Harry Potter series -- whose success has made her one of the world's richest women -- if she came up with a plot that met those criteria.