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J.K. Rowling Discusses Her Next Chapter On Q

Jian's right. J.K. Rowling, the bestselling British author who penned the incredibly successful fantasy series Harry Potter, does not often give interviews. But the literary wonder woman had lots to say in studio Q last week (Oct. 19) when she joined Mr. Ghomeshi to talk about new novel - The Casual Vacancy.


Check out the Canadian broadcast exclusive interview where Rowling discusses the book, her career and the media post-Pottermania:

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The Casual Vacancy is Rowling's first novel written for adults. Described as a tragicomedy, the story is set in an English small town and centers on the sudden death of a local councilman which prompts secrets and issues within the community to come forth and forces the residents to deal with the aftermath. In case you were wondering how different this book is to Rowling's previous works; casual sex, self-harm, rape and drug addiction are all present themes.

Here's an excerpt from The Casual Vacancy:

Part One

6.11 A casual vacancy is deemed to have occurred:
(a) when a local councillor fails to make his declaration of acceptance of office within the proper time; or
(b) when his notice of resignation is received; or
(c) on the day of his death...


Barry Fairbrother did not want to go out to dinner. He had endured a thumping headache for most of the weekend and was struggling to make a deadline for the local newspaper.

However, his wife had been a little stiff and uncommunicative over lunch, and Barry deduced that his anniversary card had not mitigated the crime of shutting himself away in the study all morning. It did not help that he had been writing about Krystal, whom Mary disliked, although she pretended otherwise.

"Mary, I want to take you out to dinner," he had lied, to break the frost. "Nineteen years, kids! Nineteen years, and you mother's never looked lovelier."

Mary had softened and smiled, so Barry had telephoned the golf club, because it was nearby and they were sure of getting a table. He tried to give his wife pleasure in little ways, because he had come to realize, after nearly two decades together, how often he disappointed her in the big things. It was never intentional. They simply had very different notions of what ought to take up most space in life.

Barry and Mary's four children were past the age of needing a babysitter. They were watching television when he said good-bye to them for the last time, and only Declan, the youngest, turned to look at him, and raised his hand in farewell.


From CBC Books: Life after Harry Potter

VIDEO: Jian Ghomeshi's 1982 Book Launch Party



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