The Saturday Post: Harry Potter, Excerpts, Movies & More

* The title & summary of J.K. Rowling’s new book was revealed this week! Technically it’s an “adult” book, but frankly … do you care? She could write a phone book & I’d read it! Here’s what The Casual Vacancy is all about:

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 parish 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.

The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling will be released September 27th! (And no, that is obviously not the actual book cover!)

* J.K. Rowling also finally confirmed that she is working on a Harry Potter encyclopedia! Thanks to Hypable for doing some digging.

* This week, Gary Ross confirmed he would not be returning to direct Catching Fire, the sequel to The Hunger Games. See which three directors Lionsgate is now considering.

* The Twilight Examiner introduces fans to the new vampires joining the cast of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2.

* EW has the first two chapters of Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven Boys for you to check out!

* It was National Library Week this past week, and Thursday was Teen Lit Day. Besides the unveiling of the Teens’ Top Ten nominees, it was also Rock the Drop! See where we left books in our Rock the Drop activities.

* This week also marked the 60th anniversary of Charlotte’s Web

* Jeff Hirsch revealed the cover for his new book Magisterium, which sounds creepy & awesome:

On one side of the Rift is a technological paradise without famine or want. On the other side is a mystery.

Sixteen-year-old Glenn Morgan has lived next to the Rift her entire life and has no idea what might be on the other side. Glenn’s only friend, Kevin Kapoor, insists there’s monsters and witchcraft, but magic isn’t for Glenn. She has enough problems with reality. Ever since her mother abandoned them years earlier she and her scientist father have led nearly separate lives. He obsessively pursues “The Project,” a patched-together heap of technology whose importance only he seems to grasp, while Glenn dreams of the day she can escape.

But when her father’s work leads to his arrest, he gives Glenn a simple metal bracelet that sends her and Kevin on the run—with only one place to go.

On the other side of the Rift, Glenn and Kevin find the Magisterium, a fundamentally different reality that’s both more wondrous and more terrifying than they could have imagined. They also find themselves in the middle a hundred-year-old conflict that will force Glenn to reassess everything she thinks she knows about the world, her family, and even herself.

* Hollywood Crush has your peek at the book trailer for The Selection by Kiera Cass, in stores later this month.

* The movie poster for The Host, based on the book by Stephenie Meyer, was revealed at Hollywood Crush this week & it bears a striking resemblance to the book cover:

* And finally, have you checked out Small Demons yet? It’s pretty amazing:

For the comments: Any news we missed? Share it in the comments!

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