New York — J.K. Rowling's next book is for adults, but she will be on hand this fall to help promote a new club for kids, the Harry Potter Reading Club. The announcement arrived on a day of special significance to Rowling and her boy wizard — their birthdays.
Scholastic Inc. stated on Tuesday that the author will participate in a live webcast at noon, Oct. 11 from her hometown of Edinburgh, Scotland, taking live questions from her young fans for the first time since 2007, when the last Potter book came out. The discussion will take place on www.scholastic.com/hpreadingclub, the website for an online Potter club launched Tuesday by Scholastic.
Designed for schools and libraries and parents, the new club will include discussion guides, a glossary, interactive features and information on community events. Rowling will contribute original commentary. She has a novel for adults out in September, "The Casual Vacancy."
The author may be venturing into the grown-up book world, but she'll be forever linked to Harry Potter on July 31. The author celebrates her 47th birthday today, a date she shares with her fictional character.
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