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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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!

J.K. Rowling lights the top of the Empire State Building

In honor of the U.S. launch of her charity Lumos, J.K. Rowling lit the top of New York City’s Empire State Building on Thursday.

The building was lit purple and white, the emblem colors of Lumos. The charity seeks to end the institutionalization of 8 million children around the world, and this week, J.K. Rowling and Lumos C.E.O. Georgette Mulheir are in New York to launch the U.S. branch of the charity.

Before lighting the building, Rowling and Mulheir spoke to the press about the charity. According to Lumos’s press release,  J.K. Rowling said: “Children need families, and families need their children and I believe it is entirely possible, with concerted effort, to help to transform the way the world cares for disadvantaged children.  We owe this to the eight million children living in orphanages around the world, most of whom do have parents and families who, given the right level of support, could care for them at home.

In her statement, Lumos C.E.O. Georgette Mulheir said: “The USA, its citizens and, indeed, the international community have a huge role to play to influence the agenda on children outside of family care.  Foreign policy, development aid and individual giving can help shape the future for vulnerable children and their families in a sustainable way, ensuring that no child is denied the right to family life.

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After the lighting ceremony,  J.K. Rowling visited the building’s observation deck. Below is a video by the Associated Press chronicling the experience, via SnitchSeeker.

Speaking with the AP, the author discussed the launch of Lumos in America, as well as her writing projects.
Regarding Lumos:
“There are decades of research showing that institutionalizing children is inherently damaging,” Rowling said. “It’s damaging physically, it’s damaging psychologically, it’s damaging emotionally.”
“America gives a phenomenal amount of money, and we would love to see that aid and that philanthropy channeled toward systems that support children within their families rather than the separation of families,” she said.
Regarding writing:

“I absolutely love writing for children, so I’m certainly not closing that door. I would love to do more,” she said. “It’s always been for me. When the idea finds me, I’ll do it.”

Rowling said she was also finishing the third book in her series written under the pen name Robert Galbraith. She was unmasked as the author after the first book came out, and said she worried briefly when that happened that another book would be somehow less enjoyable to write.

“I thought ‘This has blown it. It won’t be as much fun anymore.’ But actually it is,” she said. “I’m maintaining Robert. Robert is quite real to me as an entity, so I like that. I know it’s pretense. I know it’s make-believe, but it helps me to slip into that persona.”

As part of the U.S. launch, the Today Show interviewed J.K. Rowling, too, and the author wrote an editorial on her website in support of Lumos. Stay tuned for further reports.

Robert Galbraith novels to be adapted for BBC television

J.K. Rowling, 2014The BBC has announced plans to adapt J.K. Rowling’s crime novels centering around London detective Cormoran Strike, published under the name Robert Galbraith, for television.

Update: J.K. Rowling confirmed the news on Twitter.

The two Galbraith novels, The Cuckoo’s Calling (2013) and The Silkworm (2014) will serve as the basis of a BBC One series that will be produced by Bronte Film and TV, J.K. Rowling’s production company that previously worked on the BBC adaption of Rowling’s novel, The Casual Vacancy. Bronte Film and TV chairman and J.K. Rowling’s agent, Neil Blair, said: “We’re delighted to be bringing these best-selling novels to the screen and to be working once again alongside the BBC.”

J.K. Rowling published the first novel under the pseudonym of Robert Galbraith in April 2013, with the identity of the book’s author being kept secret until Rowling was outed in July of that year. At the time her name was revealed, Rowling said she had already received two offers from television production companies to adapt The Cuckoo’s Calling.

So far, not much is known about the project; the number and length of episodes are still being decided and no cast or screenwriter was announced. However, the BBC said that Rowling will “collaborate on the project.” Danny Cohen, Director of BBC Television, added, “It’s a wonderful coup for BBC Television to be bringing JK Rowling’s latest books to the screen. With the rich character of Cormoran Strike at their heart, these dramas will be event television across the world.”

Though no air date was indicated for the new series, The Casual Vacancy adaption is set to air in February. Recently, the BBC released promotional pictures for the series, which can be viewed here.

Find out more about the J.K. Rowling and Robert Galbraith’s Cormoran Strike series here.

Source: Irish Times

J.K. Rowling attends Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival

She be on her suit and tie: J.K. Rowling, pictured above with Val McDermid, appeared at Theaksten Crime Writing Festival as Robert Galbraith.

She be on her suit and tie: J.K. Rowling, pictured above with Val McDermid, appeared at Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival as Robert Galbraith.

On Friday, J.K. Rowling made her only promotional appearance for her new Robert Galbraith novel, The Silkworm, at the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival.

In conversation with fellow crime writer Val McDermid, J.K. Rowling discussed the Cormoran Strike series while wearing a very appropriate outfit of a grey suit and orange tie. No photographs were allowed during the event, but Rowling signed copies of the book and posed for pictures with fans after appearing on stage.

At the event, Rowling revealed that she has more than seven Cormoran Strike novels planned, referring to the books as an “open-ended” series. Unsurprisingly, she said she knows a lot about the book’s main characters, Cormoran and Robin, and where they’re headed. The author is currently a third of the way through writing the third book, which will center around the experience of returning soldiers and will be “quite different” than the first two novels. The fourth book is already well planned.

For the first time, she spoke about writing the series, saying, “I love writing these books. One of the things I love about this genre is that – unlike Harry where there is an overarching story, here you are talking about discrete stories. So as long as your detective lives you can give him cases.” According to the Bookseller, “The author said it was a “no brainer” for her to write crime novels, describing the Harry Potter novels as ‘six whodunits and one whydunit.'”

Talking about one of the series’ characters, Rowling admitted she “loved” writing the character of Robin. “I think Robin is the most entirely loveable character I’ve ever written. A good person but likeable – a smart woman, a kind and loyal person.”

Along with the aforementioned, Rowling spoke about writing under a pseudonym, Cormoran’s disability, and the crime/thriller genre in quotes that you can read over at the Bookseller.

Are you ready for more Cormoran Strike? What about Jo in suits? (Check out another picture here) Tell us in the comments below whether or not you’re excited for more Robert Galbraith.

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

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The Silkworm

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

The Silkworm

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.

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.

J.K. Rowling speaks at Oxford

J.K. RowlingHarry Potter author J.K. Rowling spoke at Oxford University last weekend, to commemorate Exeter College’s 700th anniversary.

The discussion, titled “Mortality and Morality,” had the author discussing the dynamics of those themes in her books.

According to a blog post by an attendee, “Rowling described how the idea of mortality fascinates her.” In all her books, someone dies because “the knowledge that we are all going to die is difficult,” and determines how we live our lives. She said that the characters of Dumbledore, Snape, and Voldemort all “illustrate the idea of good against evil.” Rowling acknowledged that “although Dumbledore is ‘good’, he does have his flaws, notably [in his] weakness for power.”

The Oxford Student reports that the author stated that “death and morality” will continue to play a major role in “all future works.”

The London Evening Standard as well reported on the event, specifically J.K. Rowling’s remarks on being outed as the author of The Cuckoo’s Calling last summer:

“There’s a line in As Good as it Gets,” she said about the 1997 Jack Nicholson film, “where a woman asks him how he writes such wonderful female characters and he says, and I’m paraphrasing, ‘I think of a man, and I take out the logic’, or the sense. That made me laugh, as misogynistic as it is, because when I write a man I take certain things out and give free rein to aspects of me that would not be acceptable. To be honest, I think I’m quite blokey — at least I’m told I am, and I like writing both.”

“You were never supposed to know that it was my eviscerating pen,” she told guests. In fact, she said, failure was part of the pleasure. “It was fun, from the first rejection letter. You have no idea.”

Interestingly, according to the Oxford Student, Rowling revealed for the first time that Harry Potter’s name was initially Harry Batt. We’re slightly taken aback by this revelation, and it has a wondering how much it would’ve changed things in the books and movies, etc. Battmore News, anyone?

On Pottermore, J.K. Rowling revealed the original 40 characters in the Harry Potter books, as well as their original names (Harry Batt is not included.) You can read the list, and her notes on the subject by visiting Pottermore.com.

Also, on the heels of her admission that she partly regrets her pairing of Ron and Hermione, Rowling made it clear at the event that “Harry did love Ginny,” a remark described by the London Evening Standard as being said “by way of excuse.” Somethings tell us that this will be the last we will be hearing on this issue…

What do you think about the name Harry Batt? What do you think Jo’s true feelings are about Romione? Tell us in the comments below!

Sources: Finding Fabulous (blog); the Oxford Student; London Evening Standard. Some excerpts have been edited and condensed for the sake of this story.

J.K. Rowling to donate ‘Cuckoo’s Calling’ royalties to charity, settles out of court with law firm

In true Rowling fashion, Jo will be donating all royalties from The Cuckoo’s Calling over the next three years to The Soldier’s Charity.

The Associated Press reports that J.K. Rowling will be donating all her royalties from the book from the next three years to The Soldier’s Charity, which helps former military personnel and their families. Rowling has also accepted a ‘substantial donation’ to the charity from Russells Solicitors, the law firm whose partner leaked the author’s true identity, and will reimburse Rowling’s legal costs.

Rowling was outed as the book’s true author by Judith Callegari, a Surrey mother of two who was told the confidential information by Chris Gossage, a partner at Russells Solicitors, a firm that worked with Rowling, and the husband of Callegari’s best friend. Callegari told a Sunday Times columnist over a Twitter conversation that Rowling was the true author, which led to the Times breaking the story on July 14. Confused? Refer to our Prezi that explains the events that led up to the leak.

According to the AP, Rowling sued the lawyer and Callegari. Her attorney, Jenny Afia, told Britain’s High Court on Wednesday that Rowling had been left “angry and distressed that her confidences had been betrayed.”

Via the AP: “As a reflection of their regret for breach of the claimant’s confidence, including frustrating the claimant’s ability to continue to write anonymously under the name Robert Galbraith, the defendants are here today to apologize publicly to the claimant,” Afia said.

Rowling chose to donate to The Soldiers’ Charity because she “drew on conversations with serving soldiers and veterans” to create the character of Cormoran Strike, the hero of the novel who is a veteran who lost a leg in Afghanistan.

“This donation is being made to The Soldiers’ Charity partly as a thank you to the army people who helped me with research, but also because writing a hero who is a veteran has given me an even greater appreciation and understanding of exactly how much this charity does for ex-servicemen and their families, and how much that support is needed,” Rowling said in a statement.

Rowling said she had “always intended” to give the charity a donation from Robert’s royalties but “had not anticipated him making the bestseller list a mere three months after publication.” She admitted that she actually never expected that he would ever be there.

Visit our page dedicated to The Cuckoo’s Calling for all the latest news and updates and our complete coverage of the novel. Last week, we learned that the book was being suggested for a film adaptation (article via The Guardian).