The romance of a literary pen name is one secret that authors, both male and female have employed for over a century.  The reason for a pseudonym or pen name is a varied and fascinating history of social and gender inequality, but also describes a depth of character and the personal motivation of an author. Carmela Ciuraru, author of ‘Nom de Plume: A (Secret) History of Pseudonyms’, wrote “I learned that pen names are not merely functional—they are often bound up in profound ways with a writer’s creativity and identity, not to mention issues of guilt and shame. There are more than a few good reasons (and sometimes many at once) to adopt a nom de plume.”(Ciurara Carmela, “9 Reasons Why You Should Use a Pseudonym”.)


The literary community can only guess at the true reason that J.K Rowling wrote and published ‘The Cuckoo’s Calling’ under the male pseudonym, Robert Galbraith.  While Rowling’s intentions and secrets are her own we the readers cannot help, but wonder about the mystery held within.  I personally applaud Rowling’s willingness to try new literary genres and for adding a bit of magic and sweet deception into our lives.


The Cuckoo’s Calling is available in OverDrive Marketplace to add to your library’s collection. As this title is from Hachette, remember that it will follow the one-copy/one-user lending model, and there will be no checkout or term limits.  Standalone library systems and members of consortia that have an OverDrive Advantage account are eligible to add Hachette eBook titles to their collections.  U.S. military libraries, as well as schools and colleges in the U.S. and Canada, are also eligible.


Renee Lienhard is a Collection Development Analyst with OverDrive

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