Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz wrote a feature article in yesterday’s Chicago Tribune that is nominally about Casual Vacancy‘s appearance in four weeks and substantially about the state of Joanne Rowling’s readership, a status gauged after conversations with a few Potter Pundits (friend-of-this-blog Suzanne Keen and myself, among others) and with the thousands gathered at Leaky Con this August.
Titled ‘Under a literary spell: J.K. Rowling is about to publish her first adult novel. Have her ‘Harry Potter’ fans grown up to be book lovers?,’ it is well worth your time — a thoughtful piece touching on quite a few topical bases as well as being wonderfully open in letting the many voices of fandom speak for themselves about what Harry has meant to them and what they are reading now.
Is this the first of many articles we can expect about Casual Vacancy? I think that is a very safe bet. Here’s the problem: we cannot speculate at any depth or length (well, not at depth at least!) about what the book will actually involve because it’s not preceded by novels in a series and all we have been told is that Vacancy is an “adult work.” Get ready for all kinds of creative approaches online and in traditional media to discussing this subject, consequently, as Publication Day nears.