Potter author steps into unknown with adult debut

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Author J.K. Rowling poses for photos with her certificate at Mansion House after being presented with the Freedom of the City of LondonLONDON (Reuters) – J.K. Rowling takes a step into the unknown on Thursday with the publication of her debut adult novel, five years after the seventh and final installment of the Harry Potter series became the fastest-selling book in history. "The Casual Vacancy" is virtually guaranteed to top the bestseller lists in Britain, the United States and beyond, with Rowling's name enough to attract millions of buyers and give publishers and bookstores a much-needed boost. …