J.K. Rowling still has that old magic.
As she did back in the “Harry Potter” days, the British writer will appear atop two of our bestseller lists on Sunday:
“The Casual Vacancy,” her first novel for adults, originally published in September 2012, is No. 1 on the paperback fiction list.
“The Cuckoo’s Calling,” her first crime novel, originally published under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, is No. 1 on our hardback fiction list.
“The Cuckoo’s Calling” attracted little notice when it appeared in April as the work of an unknown first-time novelist. But when word of Rowling’s authorship was leaked to the media in mid July, demand immediately spiked.
Earlier this week, Rowling accepted a settlement from the London law firm that disclosed her identity. The firm promised to make a donation to the Soldiers’ Charity. Rowling said she will donate her royalties from the novel to the Soldiers’ Charity for three years.
In a statement on the organization’s Web site, Rowling writes, “I always intended to give The Soldiers’ Charity a donation out of Robert’s royalties but I had not anticipated him making the bestseller list a mere three months after publication (indeed, I had not counted on him ever being there!)”
And consider the extent of Rowling’s power:
“The Cuckoo’s Calling” isn’t the only “Cuckoo” title on our lists this week. Cliff Stoll’s nonfiction story of computer espionage, “The Cuckoo’s Egg,” is No. 4 on the nonfiction paperback list.
Why would a book from 1989 pop up now? Are NSA employees buying copies in bulk? Are Rowling fans confused about her pseudonym?
Or is it just wizardry?