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Stephen King is scheduled to headline PEN Canada’s annual benefit on Oct. 24 at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre.
This is the only Canadian appearance for King, who will be in town promoting his new novel, Doctor Sleep, a sequel to The Shining. He will be joined onstage by his son, Owen King, in a discussion about the writing life. Owen’s debut novel, Double Feature, explores the relationship between a young filmmaker and his B-movie actor father. The event will be moderated by mystery writer Louise Penny.
Tickets are $100 with all proceeds going to PEN Canada. Advance tickets will be available to PEN and IFOA patrons at 1 p.m. today through the Harbourfront Centre Box Office. Tickets for the public will be available April 18 at 1 p.m.
Book links roundup: Hard Case Crime acquires new Stephen King novel, Kensal Rise Library raided, and more
- Hard Case Crime to publish new Stephen King novel, Joyland
- Historic Kensal Rise Library to be sold or rented after overnight raid
- Simon & Schuster U.K. buys first YA titles from best-selling romance writer Kresley Cole
- Sneak peek at the film adaptation of Stephanie Meyers’ The Host
- The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe hits the stage
- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s home saved from redevelopment
- Robert Coover to publish sequel to The Origin of the Brunists after 45 years
- Morris Gleitzman’s short story tips
- Summer reading lists have arrived
- The Guardian recommends erotica reads, other than Fifty Shades trilogy
- An excerpt from Eva Gabrilsson’s book about her life with Stieg Larsson
- How much do we actually retain from reading?
- Slate explains h0w not to write a book review
- Stephen King’s The Dark Tower will not be adapted for film
- The book is always better, but better than the app?
- A Literary Press Group/Turner-Riggs survey for poetry readers
For over 40 years, Stephen King has been chronicling America’s fears and collective nightmares. In his new book, he is set to take on one of the most nightmarish incidents in 20th-century American history. According to King’s website, his new novel, 11/22/63, is about Jake Epping, an English teacher in Maine who gets a chance to travel back in time and perhaps prevent the assassination of JFK.
Jake’s friend Al, who runs the local diner, divulges a secret: his storeroom is a portal to 1958. He enlists Jake on an insane – and insanely possible – mission to try to prevent the Kennedy assassination. So begins Jake’s new life as George Amberson and his new world of Elvis and JFK, of big American cars and sock hops, of a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald and a beautiful high school librarian named Sadie Dunhill, who becomes the love of Jake’s life – a life that transgresses all the normal rules of time.
Alternative histories are nothing new: Philip Roth’s The Plot Against America imagines a world in which Charles Lindbergh is elected president and embarks on a campaign of appeasement toward Hitler’s Nazi government, and Robert Harris’s Fatherland is a thriller set in the years after the Nazis won the Second World War. Still, the Kennedy assassination remains an open wound in the American psyche; King is either very brave to choose this as the focus of his new novel, or else very foolish.
Today’s book news:
In his memoir On Writing, Stephen King advises aspiring writers to avoid writing in coffee shops. Canadian novelist Corey Redekop, by contrast, admits that “the majority of [his] writing occurs in coffee shops.” There is undoubtedly a certain clichéd mystique surrounding writers who find inspiration along with a strong cup of Joe at their local java joint; now there’s even a prize for books written in coffee shops.
Yesterday, the Toronto Star published an article about the first annual Coffee Shop Author contest, which recently announced its inaugural winners. The contest winner is Mississauga resident Ranjini George Philip. Second and third place went to Theresa Wouters of Grande Prairie, Alberta, and Ron Stewart of Komoka, Ontario, respectively.
The brainchild of Calgary resident Susan Toy and Oolichan Books owner Randal Macnair, the contest asked writers to register with the Coffee Shop Author website, secure the endorsement of a local coffee establishment, “then pledge to write the bulk of a novel, short story collection, poetry collection or a work of creative non-fiction at the coffee shop between November 2009 and April 2010.” Entrants paid a fee of $30 and the first-place winner receives a spot at the Fernie Writers Conference in Fernie, British Columbia.
From the Star:
Forty-two Canadians entered the online contest, promising to write most of their submissions — poetry, novels, teen fiction — in coffee shops. A few bent the rules and created in local libraries, and in one case, in rural Saskatchewan, an ice cream parlour.
Writing is a lonely pursuit and has always driven writers out of their houses to find companionship — or distraction or inspiration — in public places.
“I’ve been a coffee shop writer for a long time,” says Philip, 46, who taught at Zayed University in Dubai before coming to Canada with her husband and two children three years ago.
“There’s a lot of solitude and I find I work better when there is a buzz of noise around me.”
According to the Star, the contest’s popularity has convinced Toy to expand next year’s contest beyond Canada. It would appear that there are a significant number of writers out there willing to ignore Stephen King’s advice.
Your assortment of book news tidbits:
- Victoria booksellers told to be on lookout for ex-mobster
- Moore, Mantel make Orange Prize shortlist
- Hearty French and Dutch manage to make it to the LBF; Americans, Italians, and Spaniards wuss out
- Proof: librarians even more filthy-minded than once thought
- Kelley bio ain’t no thang to Oprah
- New Stephen King novella goes to Kindle first
- Nielsen to divest itself of The Bookseller
On March 22, Joe Hill launched his new supernatural thriller Horns, while (naturally) wearing light-up devil horns at an event hosted by Toronto sci-fi bookstore BAKKA-Phoenix and the Merril Collection of Science Fiction, Speculation and Fantasy. In 2007, to prove that he could make it on his own, the author sold his first novel, Heart-Shaped Box, without revealing to his publisher that he is the son of horror royalty Stephen King. The move certainly paid off, as that debut won the Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel. (Photo by David McDonald)
Your book world news for today:
- Contrary to reports out of Italy, Roth and Grisham both heart Obama
- Stephen King hearts Kindle, hates iPad
- Will e-books put wholesalers out of business?
- Diagram Prize winner: Crocheting Adventures with Hyperbolic Planes
- Jessica Grant wins Winterset Award
- Get ready for TI2: Long John Silver’s Revenge
- James Franco: dull dramatic actor turned funny comedic actor turned bizarro soap star now becomes author
- Captured on film: Obama purchases books at indie bookstore
A few bookish links from across the Web:
- Book-loving travellers, breathe a sigh of relief: Transport Canada explains that the whole “airplane book ban” was just a misunderstanding
- Hundreds of readers offer words of support after Marian Keyes reveals on her blog that “crippling depression” is keeping her from writing
- Toronto-based Scott Pilgrim series is one step closer to the silver screen – watch out, evil ex-boyfriends!
- Need to find the nearest bookstore or book events? There’s an app for that!
- Stephen King lends his voice to a new rock album as a doom-predicting radio host broadcasting his final show
- Does Google dream of Electric Sheep? The family of Philip K. Dick threatens to sue Google over new Nexus One phone