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Art and Culture1 Updated: 2012-09-28 12:00:00 KST

Art and Culture1
It's finally Friday and our Michelle Kim is here to give us updates on arts and culture events coming up this weekend over the Chusok holidays.
And I hear she has news about a new book being release and a concert tour by one of K-pop's hottest idol groups.
Hello, Michelle.

[Reporter : ] Hello, Conn-young.

So what do you have for us today[Reporter : ] I'm sure most of you have read at least one of the Harry Potter books. The Harry Potter phenomenon may have come to an end, but the billionaire celebrity author behind the popular series, JK Rowling, is back at it.
She's released a newest book, this time targeted towards adults.

Book stores in London opened early yesterday to get ready for the crowd of people wanting to buy "The Casual Vacacy," the newest book written by JK Rowling. Her fans in the U.S. have already started reading the highly anticipated novel, as the print run in the United States alone is reported to be two million copies.
The anticipation is understandable, as one of her previous novels, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" set a record for being the fastest-selling book in history, and all seven of her Potter books have sold a combined 450 million copies worldwide.
Her newest novel, "The Casual Vacacy," is set in a small English town called Pagford, and Rowling ventures far away her comfort zone of the Harry Potter series.
The book tackles themes of drug addiction, teenage sex, and violent domestic abuse.
The story progresses as Barry Fairbrother, a member of the parish council, dies unexpectedly, which leaves the town of Pagford in utter shock.
This leads to a battle between among families, friends, and co-workers for the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council.
The book has been receiving mixed reviews, with The New York Times claiming the novel is quote "so willfully banal, so depressingly cliched that 'The Casual Vacancy' is not only disappointing--it's dull."
The Washington Post had a different opinion, saying that, quote "Rowling's signature moves are still there on every page it was all immensely exciting."
Even with the mixed reviews, Rowling's celebrity status and the public anticipation have already guaranteed her a number one spot next week on pre-orders alone.
The real test, however, will come when the hype wears off.
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