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Oprah Winfrey's next big literary surprise: J.K. Rowling [updated]

September 27, 2010 |  8:21 am


An interview with J. K. Rowling will broadcast on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" this Friday, it was announced Monday. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter books, is notoriously media-shy, but she met with Winfrey at a Scottish hotel for an interview.

It's Winfrey's second big literary news of her last broadcast season, after selecting Jonathan Franzen's "Freedom" as a book club pick, despite her troubled history with the author.

Winfrey and Rowling have something in common -- they're among only 14 women on the globe who are self-made billionaires, Forbes reported in June. Rival talk show hostess and home guru Martha Stewart had once made the list, but has fallen below the billion-dollar mark. There's no word of Rowling appearing on Stewart's show.

Although J. K. Rowling is media-shy, she is also media-savvy. The next film adaptation from her Harry Potter series -- "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" -- is coming to theaters in November. With a new trailer and excitement building, now is certainly a smart time to have a sit-down with the media -- or, more specifically, with Winfrey.

Will Rowling write another Harry Potter book? According to the Associated Press, that's one of the questions Winfrey will ask.

[For the record, 12:40 p.m.:  An earlier version of this post said that Oprah spoke to Rowling at her home; instead, they met at a hotel.]

-- Carolyn Kellogg

Photo: J. K. Rowling with Oprah Winfrey. Credit: Harpo Productions Inc.