NEW YORK (AP) - Just the mention of her name, J.K. Rowling, had the audience screaming and on its feet.

NEW YORK (AP) Just the mention of her name, J.K. Rowling, had the audience screaming and on its feet.

The "Harry Potter" author spoke before a capacity crowd Tuesday night at Manhattan's Lincoln Center in her sole U.S. public appearance to promote her first novel for grownups, "The Casual Vacancy."

Dressed in a dark skirt and dark sweater blouse, Rowling chatted with fellow author Ann Patchett, read briefly from her new book and also responded to pre-selected questions from fans. Rowling spoke before some 2,500 people, mostly women, gathered under the high, golden ceiling of the David H. Koch Auditorium.

The conversation was for adults Rowling even used the S-word but she is returning to children's stories. Just don't expect any board books for toddlers or a new Potter.