J.K. RowlingLiterary circles are spinning wildly from news announced on Sunday that a debut crime novel released last April in the U.K. under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith was penned by superstar author J. K. Rowling.

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Galbraith’s The Cuckoo’s Calling had received high praise from reviewers and readers who expressed disbelief that a debut novelist could have produced such a sophisticated first effort. The Cuckoo's CallingA mysterious turn of events through Twitter last week drove Richard Brooks, arts editor of The Sunday Times of London, to compare Rowling’s previous work with The Cuckoo’s Calling. After concluding the new crime novel was likely penned by Rowling, he asked for confirmation. A Rowling spokesperson confirmed his suspicion, pulling the invisibility cloak from Rowling.

Rowling was criticized after her first adult novel, The Casual Vacancy, was published last September under the same pen name as her popular Harry Potter children’s series.  Questions are now flying about why she chose to publish under a pseudonym. We’ll discuss pseudonyms and authors who have used them in today’s MediaMonday.

Read The New York Times piece by Sarah Lyall, then join us in #litchat July 15, 2013 at 4 p.m. for a discussion of pseudonyms and why authors use them. Follow the conversation from our dedicated chat channel here.