Cover Revealed for J.K. Rowling's First Post-Harry-Potter Novel (Pic)

The Harry Potter series of books is done, and J.K. Rowling has enough money now that she'll never really have to work another day in her life. But that's not stopping her from giving us another novel this year, about five years after her last HP effort.

The Casual Vacancy is the title of Rowling's first non-Harry-Potter novel, and the cover art has just been revealed today. It's a minimalist design, red with a yellow border and a checked box in the center, like on a voting ballot. The story centers on a vacated position in a town's local council, so the art alludes to that.

Here's the official synopsis for the book:

"When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early forties, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty facade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils…Pagford is not what it first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations?"

The Casual Vacancy hits shelves on September 27th of this year. Check out the cover art below: