Tickets for J.K. Rowling’s only public appearance in the US to promote her latest book were due to go on sale the morning of Monday September 10, but a glitch made the tickets available twelve hours earlier on Sunday night. They quickly sold out online but that didn’t register with the box office, which started selling tickets in the morning, overselling the event. Apparently, there had been a security breach allowing the tickets to go on sale early, but Jazz at Lincoln Center, which is handling the event, promised to honor all tickets sold. They decided to move the event to another location so that everyone would be able to fit. The most recent statement from Jazz at Lincoln Center explains it all:
On Sunday, September 9, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s ticketing system was breached and an unauthorized link to purchase tickets to the J.K. Rowling The Casual Vacancy event on October 16 was distributed online. This breach did not result in the breach of purchasers’ personal information. In order to accommodate customers who purchased tickets on September 9 as well as customers who purchased tickets on September 10, Jazz at Lincoln Center has secured the David H. Koch Theater at 20 Lincoln Center as the new location for the event. Each customer who purchased tickets prior to the official on-sale date and time will be contacted directly by Jazz at Lincoln Center to process tickets for the event at the new location. The event remains sold out. At this time, only customers who purchased tickets on September 9 and 10 will be accommodated. Although neither Little, Brown and Company nor J.K. Rowling are responsible for this situation they were keen to make sure that no person who legitimately bought a ticket was left disappointed, and are delighted this matter has been resolved in this way and apologize for any confusion that may have been caused in the meantime. Jazz at Lincoln Center apologizes too for any inconvenience and looks forward to welcoming everyone to the David H. Koch Theater on October 16.
The fact that they decided to honor all the tickets sold makes me very happy for everyone who managed to get a hold of one. Imagine the riot that would have happened had they decided not to!
The Casual Vacancy will be released in just a couple weeks on September 27, and Rowling is planning to do a number of interviews around the world, including one with Nightline co-anchor Cynthia McFadden that will air in two parts on September 26 and 27, so even if you don’t get the chance to see her in person, there will still be plenty to look forward to! Are you excited about Rowling’s upcoming appearance, even if you didn’t get tickets? Let us know in the comments below!