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Rowling wows at book event

JUST the mention of her name, JK Rowling, had the audience screaming and on its feet.

The Harry Potter author spoke before a capacity crowd at Manhattan's Lincoln Centre in her sole US public appearance to promote her first novel for grown-ups, The Casual Vacancy.

Dressed in a dark skirt and dark sweater blouse, Rowling chatted with fellow author Ann Patchett, read briefly from her new book and also responded to pre-selected questions from fans.