'Harry Potter' Author to Write Novel for Adults

February 23, 2012 Updated Feb 23, 2012 at 6:36 PM EDT

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'Harry Potter' Author to Write Novel for Adults

February 23, 2012 Updated Feb 23, 2012 at 6:36 PM EDT

Little, Brown Book Group and Little, Brown and Company announced Thursday that they will publish J.K. Rowling’s first novel for adults.

According to the news release, the title, the date for the worldwide publication and further details about the novel will be announced later in the year.

J.K. Rowling said:

“Although I’ve enjoyed writing it every bit as much, my next book will be very different to the Harry Potter series, which has been published so brilliantly by Bloomsbury and my other publishers around the world. The freedom to explore new territory is a gift that Harry's success has brought me, and with that new territory it seemed a logical progression to have a new publisher. I am delighted to have a second publishing home in Little, Brown, and a publishing team that will be a great partner in this new phase of my writing life."

David Shelley said:

“Tim Hely Hutchinson, Ursula Mackenzie and I, and the whole team at Little, Brown in the UK, along with our colleagues David Young and Michael Pietsch at Little, Brown in the USA, are thrilled, honoured and proud to be publishing J.K. Rowling’s new book. “For me, quite simply, it is a personal and professional dream come true to be working with J.K. Rowling. She is one of the best storytellers in the world, and I am looking forward enormously to helping bring her new novel for adults to her fans and admirers, and to introducing her writing to new readers the world over.”

Read the news release from Little, Brown HERE.