J.K. Rowling to Write First Adult Book

J.K. Rowling
In this Thursday, July 7, 2011 photo, British author JK Rowling (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)
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In this Thursday, July 7, 2011 photo, British author JK Rowling (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)

“Harry Potter” fans rejoice. Adults, you can stand up too.

J.K. Rowling, the author of the seven hugely popular “Harry Potter” books, signed a deal with Little, Brown to write her first adult book, the publishing company announced on Thursday.

The news has her adult fan base jumping for joy.

“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,” Rowling said in a statement released by Little, Brown.

“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.”

The title, date and genre of her first adult novel were not released. The publishing company said details of the book will be announced later this year.

Rowling’s “Harry Potter” books has made her one of the most celebrated authors around, and the books also led to eight movies, with the last film earning more than $1 billion worldwide.

“For me, quite simply, it is a personal and professional dream come true to be working with J.K. Rowling,” said David Shelley, publisher of Little, Brown.

“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.”