Thursday, February 23, 2012

J.K. Rowling has deal for new novel for adults



Adult fans of J.K. Rowling can rejoice: She has a new novel coming, for grownups.


The kids will have to wait and see.


The author of the mega-selling "Harry Potter" series said Thursday she has an agreement with Little, Brown in the United States and Britain to publish her first adult novel. The title, release date and details about the novel, long rumored, were not announced. Her seventh and final Potter story came out in 2007. In recent years, the British author has said that she had been working on an adult book and on a Potter encyclopedia.


Rowling's Potter books, which broke sales records around the world, were published by Bloomsbury in Britain and Scholastic in the U.S. Rowling will now share the same publisher with Stephenie Meyer, whose "Twilight" series at least partially filled the gap opened by the conclusion of the Potter stories.


"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, 46, said in a statement released by Little, Brown. "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."

HILLEL ITALIE |AP