April 13, 2012
J.K. Rowling’s first adult novel, The Casual Vacancy, has been announced with publication date set for September 27. We will place an order in June, three months prior to publication. We purchase only three months in advance of publication for three reasons: it helps us better manage our hold queue length prior to receipt of material (and thus fill holds faster); it helps us better manage our materials budget; and it helps ensure that the book will actually be published (yes, popular authors’ works sometimes do get delayed). In the meantime (until June), we will be returning RINCs to customers with the reason that their request is made too far in advance of publication.
Here’s the publisher’s annotation:
“When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early forties, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war.
Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils…Pagford is not what it first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town’s council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations?
Blackly comic, thought-provoking and constantly surprising, The Casual Vacancy is J.K. Rowling’s first novel for adults.”
posted by Nancy