J.K. Rowling Pens Adult Novel

    EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 07:  J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter novels, buries a time capsule to mark the start of building work on a research clinic for patients with multiple sclerosis on November 7, 2011 in Edinburgh, Scotland. The clinic at the University of Edinburgh is being set up following a £10 million donation from Ms Rowling and is named after her mother, Anne, who died of multiple sclerosis aged 45.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

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    It may not be as magical as Harry Potter, but J.K. Rowling is excited about The Casual Vacancy, her first novel for grown-ups. Little, Brown & Co. announced the book's title Thursday with a brief teaser of the "blackly comic, thought-provoking and constantly surprising" story, which takes place in an idyllic English town called Pagford that loses its charm when a parish council election tears the community apart." The book will be available worldwide on Sept. 27, Rowling's publisher said, in both e-book and traditional hardcover formats.

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