Cover art + publication date of Robert Galbraith’s third novel announced

J.K. Rowling helped out her friend Robert Galbraith today in announcing the publication date and cover art of his upcoming third novel.

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Career of Evil will be published on October 20 in the United States and October 22 in the United Kingdom. It will be the third novel in the Cormoran Strike series written by J.K. Rowling under the pseudonym of Robert Galbraith. Last year, The Silkworm was published to much praise, and The Cuckoo’s Calling received likewise response in 2013.

Both U.S. (left) and U.K. (right) cover images.

Both U.S. (left) and U.K. (right) cover images.

The book will be priced at £20 for Hardback and £10.99 for the ebook.

Here is the synopsis:

When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman’s severed leg. Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past who he thinks could be responsible – and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality.

With the police focusing on the one suspect Strike is increasingly sure is not the perpetrator, he and Robin take matters into their own hands, and delve into the dark and twisted worlds of the other three men. But as more horrendous acts occur, time is running out for the two of them…

Career of Evil is the third in the highly acclaimed series featuring private detective Cormoran Strike and his assistant Robin Ellacott. A fiendishly clever mystery with unexpected twists around every corner, it is also a gripping story of a man and a woman at a crossroads in their personal and professional lives.

Will you be purchasing Career of Evil? Have you enjoyed the Cormoran Strike series so far? Tell us in the comments below. Click here for more news regarding Robert Galbraith.

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Bloomsbury reveals new image from Harry Potter illustrated edition

Bloomsbury Publishing revealed a new image from the upcoming illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, out this fall.

In the picture, illustrated by artist Jim Kay, Harry Potter is seen in the cupboard under the stairs of the Dursley’s home, Harry’s iconic home nest as a child.

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In March, Bloomsbury revealed the cover art for the book, featuring the Hogwarts Express and Platform Nine and Three-Quarters.

Harry Potter and the Philsopher’s Stone Illustrated Edition by J.K. Rowling featuring art by Jim Kay, is published worldwide on October 6, 2015.

J.K. Rowling to publish new Cormoran Strike novel under Robert Galbraith this year

JKR promoting her Robert Galbraith novel, 'The Silkworm' last summer.

JKR promoting her Robert Galbraith novel, ‘The Silkworm’ last summer.

On Friday, J.K. Rowling announced on Twitter as her pseudonym, Robert Galbraith, that she finished writing the third Cormoran Strike novel.

The book will be titled Career of Evil, to be published this autumn by Little, Brown.The publisher confirmed the news, commenting that more will be announced soon about the book.

The book’s title is a reference to the eponymous song by the band Blue Oyster Cult. This fact was properly submitted (or Googled) by a lucky fan on Twitter, who won a signed copy of the book by Robert Galbraith. Click here to listen to the song and play close attention to its lyrical content (you never know what clues are hiding in them for the book’s plot).

This will be J.K. Rowling’s third book as Robert Galbraith, the first two being The Cuckoo’s Calling and The Silkworm. For more information about the Cormoran Strike series, click here.

The Harry Potter author summed up her feelings about finishing writing the book with this tweet:

We’ll keep you updated on all details about the new book, so check back soon.

Are you excited for Career of Evil? Tell us in the comments below!

New images from the first illustrated Harry Potter book released

Today, Bloomsbury Publishing and Scholastic, Inc. released four new images from the upcoming, fully-illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, to be released in October this year.

The pictures, illustrated by artist Jim Kay, depict four of the series’ key characters, Rubeus Hagrid, Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley, and Draco Malfoy in stunning detail.

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Related: ‘Harry Potter’ to be transformed into new, fully illustrated editions by Jim Kay

The book will be published worldwide October 6, 2015, beginning the first series of fully-illustrated Harry Potter books. The books are planned to come out every year subsequently. As the press release reads, “The hardback edition will include ribbon marker, head and tail bands, illustrated endpapers and  artwork on every spread.”

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is currently available for pre-order on Bloomsbury’s website, featuring the following blurb:

Prepare to be spellbound by Jim Kay’s dazzling depiction of the wizarding world and much loved characters in this deluxe full-colour illustrated hardback edition of the nation’s favourite children’s book – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Brimming with rich detail and humour that perfectly complements J.K. Rowling’s timeless classic, Jim Kay’s glorious illustrations will captivate fans and new readers alike.

In addition to the new illustrated books, Bloomsbury will release a gift edition hardback of Philosopher’s Stone on February 5, coated in a “beautiful foiled cloth slipcase decorated with brand new line art by Jonny Duddle.” The book can be pre-ordered here.

Pottermore announces Christmas campaign for Half-Blood Prince

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This year, Christmas comes early to Pottermore with brand new writing from J.K. Rowling, new Moments from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and more.

Today, Pottermore announced their Christmas campaign to coincide with the website’s release of daily surprises starting next Friday, December 12. From that date until December 23, Pottermore will be releasing a treat everyday at 1pm GMT (8am EST), with treats ranging from new potions to original content from J.K. Rowling on Draco Malfoy and the ghost plot of Florean Fortescue, to be found in new Moments from Half-Blood Prince.

To keep up with the #PottermoreChristmas celebration, be sure to subscribe to Pottermore’s Facebook event and keep up with their Twitter and the Insider. The fun begins next Friday on pottermore.com…

‘The Silkworm’ by J.K. Rowling as Robert Galbraith released

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Today, The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith was published  by Mulholland Books of Little, Brown.

The book, written by J.K. Rowling under her pseudonym Robert Galbraith, is the sequel to last year’s acclaimed novel, The Cuckoo’s Calling. It is the author’s third novel since the completion of the Harry Potter series in 2007.

The Silkworm sees the return of private detective, Cormoran Strike, and his assistant, Robin Ellacott. The two of them take on the case of novelist Owen Quine, a case that began around a missing person and then turned into a brutal murder under “bizarre circumstances.” Investigating deeper into Quine’s mysterious death, Strike realizes there is more to the story than what it seems.

The synopsis on Galbraith’s reads, “The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were published it would ruin lives – so there are a lot of people who might want to silence him… It becomes a race against time to understand the motivation of a ruthless killer, a killer unlike any he has encountered before…”

Find out all about Cormoran Strike here at our page dedicated to the Robert Galbraith novels.

Reviews for the book have been mostly positive so far, with many praising the book’s well thought-out plot and the development of the eccentric characters. Plot and character have always been a signature of Rowling’s writing, and continue to be a highlight of reviews. Then again, as many times as it is praised, it is critiqued, and The Silkworm is no exception. Less than favorable reviews noted the novel’s over-descriptive text, another Rowling signature, as a turn off. You can read more reviews of the book here.

On July 18, J.K. Rowling will be appearing as Robert Galbraith at the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival. She will be in conversation with crime novelist Val McDermid. Tickets for the event, unfortunately, have already been sold out, but we will be reporting on the event.

The Silkworm is out today — visit your local bookseller to buy the book or order the book online here.

Happy Reading! 🙂

First two chapters of ‘The Silkworm’ by Robert Galbraith released

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The Silkworm

On Wednesday, the first two chapters of The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith, a pseudonym for J.K. Rowling, were published on the author’s website ahead of publication on June 19.

The Silkworm is the sequel to last year’s Cuckoo’s Calling, which earned critical claim and was a commercial success, that is, following Rowling’s outing as the book’s real author.

The two chapters released today feature the main character, private detective Cormoran Strike taking on the case of Owen Quine, a novelist who has gone missing. According to the already-released synopsis, the author is later found murdered, and the book will follow Strike as he tries to find Quine’s killer.

Besides that, many news sources are noting Rowling’s reference to phone-hacking in the first chapter. As The Independent makes clear, the book starts with “Strike supplying details to a journalist of a scandalous affair between a member of the House of Lords and his secretary.” When the journalist asks how he persuaded the woman to talk to him, Strike responds, “I listened.” The reporter says to Strike, “All the other private dicks I use spend their time hacking phone messages,” to which Strike warns that phone-hacking is “illegal,” a statement implying Rowling’s own thoughts on the matter.

Rowling memorably contributed in the trial against the News of the World‘s phone-hacking practices of which she was a victim. At the very least, Strike’s comment is no-doubt a pass on the tabloid’s invasive tactics.

The Silkworm will be published in the UK on June 19 and in the US on June 24. You can read today’s excerpt here and click here to find out more about the novel.

Bloomsbury to publish ‘J.K. Rowling: A Bibliography’

via GuardianBloomsbury will be releasing a new comprehensive bibliography of J.K. Rowling’s writing, J.K. Rowling: A Bibliography, this year.

J.K. Rowling: A Bibliography will be published on April 12, 2014 in the UK, and December 18 in the US, and is written by Philip A. Errington, the Director for Children’s Books within the Department of Printed Books and Manuscripts at Sotheby’s. The book is 448 pages long, and Amazon.com lists it on their website for $114. It will be published by Bloomsbury Academic, so we take this as being more of a textbook than anything.

Here’s the synopsis, via Amazon.com:

This is the definitive bibliography of the writings of J. K. Rowling. In addition to complete bibliographic details of all her books, pamphlets, original contributions to published works and broadcasts, there is detailed information on Rowling at auction, on significant reviews and on scholarly work on Rowling. This will be the first source on Rowling consulted by textual scholars, book collectors, auction houses, critics and researchers. The aim of the book is to record fact and dispel rumour on the fascinating publishing history of the Harry Potter series.

J.K. Rowling and Bloomsbury have not announced anything about the book formally, but we expect an announcement of some sort soon. We’ll be sure to keep you updated with the latest, so be sure to return for the latest details.

$114 is a lot of money — Will you be purchasing J.K. Rowling: A Bibliography? Tell us in the comments below!

Updated: ‘The Cuckoo’s Calling’ sequel announced: ‘The Silkworm’, to be released this June

The sequel to last year’s acclaimed bestseller The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith, J.K. Rowling’s pseudonym, has been announced.

The Silkworm will be released in hardcover on June 19, 2014 by Little, Brown. The book is 384 pages, making it smaller than The Cuckoo’s Calling which had 464. The publisher currently has the book priced at $28.00.

The cover:

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On Monday, February 17, Galbraith (Rowling) officially announced the book. Here is the synopsis that was released:

A compulsively readable crime novel with twists at every turn, The Silkworm is the second in the highly acclaimed series featuring Cormoran Strike and his determined young assistant Robin Ellacott.

When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, she just thinks he has gone off by himself for a few days – as he has done before – and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home.

But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine’s disappearance than his wife realises. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were published it would ruin lives – so there are a lot of people who might want to silence him.

And when Quine is found brutally murdered in bizarre circumstances, it becomes a race against time to understand the motivation of a ruthless killer, a killer unlike any he has encountered before…

The Silkworm will be the second novel J.K. Rowling publishes under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. Last summer, Rowling was uncovered as the author of the first book after a solicitor working with Rowling’s camp leaked the name to a friend. The novel was critically acclaimed before and after the revelation, and we expect the same for this book as well.

Are you excited for the new Cormoran Strike novel? Did you read/like The Cuckoo’s Calling? Tell us in the comments below!

Note: An earlier edition of this article stated that the book would be released on June 24, 2014, as listed on the publisher’s website. The release date that was sent out with the official announcement this morning was June 19, 2014.

The previous version also included the synopsis of the book that was on the publisher’s website — we have since changed this to match the one released today in the official announcement.

Three books, one author, a tweet, and a journalist: How J. K. Rowling was uncovered as the author of “The Cuckoo’s Calling”

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The New York Times has published an interesting article explaining how J. K. Rowling was unmasked as the author of The Cuckoo’s Calling.

The newly released crime novel, The Cuckoo’s Calling, was believed to be written by ex British Army officer Robert Galbraith until yesterday, when the Sunday Times broke a story that is arguably one of the greatest literary cover-ups ever and a mystery that’s as intriguing as a detective story.

The New York Times reports that it was an anonymous Twitter tip that sparked the investigation. On Thursday, Richard Brooks, the Sunday Times‘s art’s editor noticed a Twitter conversation between one of his colleagues and an anonymous account. The colleague posted a tweet about how she loved The Cuckoo’s Calling, and that it did not seem as if it was a debut novel.

An anonymous person tweeted back at her saying that it was not a first-time novel, and that it was written by J.K. Rowling. When Brooks’ colleague tweeted back asking how this anonymous person knew, they replied, “I just know”, and then proceeded to delete all of their tweets and closed down the account. There is no trace of this person.

It was then that Brooks decided to take matters into his own hands. He didn’t want to alert Rowling’s people just yet, for fear of having the story leaked by a competitor, so he took to the Internet to do some Internet sleuthing.

While investigating, Brooks discovered a number of similarities between The Cuckoo’s Calling and J. K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy, published last year: both books are represented by the same agency, The Blair Partnership. They are both published by Little, Brown, and also share the same editor, David Shelley. Brooks thought it seemed odd that the editor, David Shelley, “would be in charge of both someone as important as J. K. Rowling, and someone as seemingly unimportant as Robert Galbraith.”

He then sent three of Rowling’s books – The Cuckoo’s CallingThe Casual Vacancyand Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows to a pair of linguistic experts, “who found significant similarities among them.”

Acting on this evidence, Brooks sent an email to a Rowling representative, who, on Saturday morning, emailed back that Rowling had decided that it was time to “‘fess up. Rowling announced that she was Galbraith with the following statement:

“I had hoped to keep this secret a little longer because being Robert Galbraith has been such a liberating experience. It has been wonderful to publish without hype or expectation and pure pleasure to get feedback under a different name.

“The upside of being rumbled is that I can publicly thank my editor David Shelley, who has been a true partner in crime, all those people at Little, Brown who have been working so hard on The Cuckoo’s Calling without realizing that I wrote it, and the writers and reviewers, both in the newspapers and online, who have been so generous to the novel.

“And to those who have asked for a sequel, Robert fully intends to keep writing the series, although he will probably continue to turn down personal appearances.”

According to the New York Times article, Nicky Stonehill, a publicist for the author, said on Sunday that Mr. Galbraith and Ms. Rowling were indeed one and the same. “We can confirm it,” she said, “but we are not making any further statement.”