Harry Potter scribe J.K. Rowling's first non-Potter book, The Casual Vacancy, arrives in bookstores on September 27th. But if you are willing to wait another month to buy the much-anticipated tome you could get yourself a copy of the book from Rowling herself!

Yup, the beloved British author is coming to America. On October 16th she'll be giving an on-stage interview at Jazz at Lincoln Center with Ann Patchett, followed by a Q&A with the audience and a book signing. All for the low, low price of $37 (which includes a copy of the book). Not bad considering the book itself has a suggested retail price of $35. Tickets go on sale on September 10 at Jazz at Lincoln Center, but note: if you get them online they'll cost $43 and if you buy them on the phone they are $44. So maybe line up?

Oh wait, you want to know what the book is, y'know, about before you start to queue? Not wizards, that is for sure. Here's what we know:

Set in the little English town of Pagford, The Casual Vacancy (Little, Brown, $35) revolves around an election held after a member of the parish council unexpectedly dies. Despite the Miss Marple terrain, press materials describe the novel as "blackly comic … Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty facade is a town at war."


Sounds interesting. Plus, thanks to the Olympics, we know Rowling is a nice public reader.