This is no April Fools’ joke. On April 1, Harry Potter fansite Mugglenet announced as a prank that the next book by J.K. Rowling would be titled Lairs of Lady Po. Today, Little, Brown released the actual, less whimsical name — The Casual Vacancy — along with other key details.
Rowling’s new novel, which is geared toward adult readers, will be available worldwide on Sept. 27. It begins when the sudden death of a well-liked man rocks the “seemingly idyllic” town of Pagford, England. Beneath its pleasant facade, Pagford is actually a “town at war,” roiled by class conflicts — rich people at odds with the poor — and in-fighting within families. The publisher described the tone of the book as “darkly comic.” READ FULL STORY