Of Rowling's first novel for adults, Ann Patchett wrote in a recent blog post:
If this book were a piano, she hit every single key over the course of 500 pages. This is an important point, because it made me think about how most novels, including my own, hit maybe twenty keys in a single register. I felt like I learned things about writing while I was reading. It made me want to stretch myself. I cried at the end. I can think of three books that have made me cry as an adult. This makes four.
As it happens, Rowling is making exactly one appearance on U.S. soil — tonight at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City — and the interviewer just happens to be Patchett herself. Fittingly, Parnassus Books will be live-streaming the interview at the shop here in Nashville.
"Due to the high anticipation for this event," the Parnassus folks tell us, "we do recommend bringing your own seating."
Parnassus Books is located at 3900 Hillsboro Pike, and tonight's event starts at 6:30 p.m., light snacks included, with the interview beginning at 7.