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J.K. Rowling opens up in New York tonight

By Dave Rosenthal

1:21 PM EDT, October 16, 2012

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J.K. Rowling doesn't make many public appearances, so tonight's New York City event to publicize her new novel "The Casual Vacancy" is getting a lot of attention. Fellow novelist Ann Patchett will lead a conversation, and there will be a Q&A.

If you're not one of the lucky 1,200 or so who scored tickets for the event at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Frederick P. Rose Hall, you can still participate long-distance. Some bookstores will hold public screenings via a live webcast; among those listed A Likely Story Bookstore, 7566 Main Street in Sykesville.

You can also get your Rowling fix from videos of her appearance on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, in which she discusses the social underpinnings of her new book.