“11/22/63” Is Coming 2/15/16

You read it, you loved it, you want some more of it!  And now Stephen King fans, you’ve got it.  This Monday, February 15 King’s fantastic alt-history novel 11/22/63 comes to television as an 8-hour miniseries airing on Hulu.  Directed by J.J. Abrams of recent Star Wars fame, the TV adaptation stars multi-hyphenate James Franco as Jake Epping, a lonely high school teacher who travels back in time to stop the assassination of JFK.  Check out this great Rolling Stone article to get the whole scoop on the project and don’t miss the Vice essay that landed Franco the starring role.  You can also whet your appetite with the trailer above.  If you’ve yet to read King’s breathtaking novel, don’t fret and don’t delay.  It’s so good you’ll burn your way through all 850 pages of brilliance by Monday with time to spare.  This wintry weekend should be perfect for some binge-reading.

 

Amie Elliott’s Best Reads of 2014

irvingMy name is Amie Elliott.  I have only lived in Evanston for 4 years but have been visiting from neighboring towns for many more.  I teach high school photography and drawing and love almost every minute of it!  Anyone who loves EVERY minute of teaching is either a first-year teacher or a liar.  Gardening, cooking and sewing take up most of my free time.

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1) A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving (1989)

I reread this and still love it.  Funny, charming and fairly gut-wrenching.  Irving can be a bit long-winded sometimes (sorry to his devotees), but this is sharp and concise.

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Paper Only for Stephen King’s Latest

joylandStephen King’s newest novel Joyland is being released in print form only. He told the Wall Street Journal: “I have no plans for a digital version. Maybe at some point, but in the meantime,  let people stir their sticks and go to an actual bookstore rather than a digital one.” Although considered an e-book pioneer (his 2000 story Riding the Bullet was released exclusively as an e-book) this decision is making many book retailers very happy. Joyland,  published by independent publisher Hard Case Crime will be in bookstores June 4. For more details, check out this article from The Christian Science Monitor.

Laura

Stephen King discusses his new book “11/22/63”

Jian Ghomeshi, host of CBC’s “Q” radio talk show, aired an exclusive interview with master storyteller Stephen King Thursday evening. King discussed his soon-to-be-released novel “11/22/63,” which explores what our world would be like if Jack Kennedy had not been assassinated on that eponymous date. Ghomeshi is a top-notch interviewer and King offered insightful answers in the lively discussion. Even if you’re not a Stephen King fan, you have probably been aware of his huge contribution to the genres of horror and psychological thriller and caught one or two of the films based on his works.

Early reviews of the book are calling it a winner. NPR’s Alan Cheuse gave the new book a hearty “thumbs up” in his recent review.

Barbara L.

Sequel to The Shining in the Works

Good news for Stephen King fans! At a recent event at George Mason University, audience members were treated to an excerpt from Dr. Sleep. While no publishing date has been announced yet, anxious readers may want to check the author’s website for details.

~ Olivia (Reader’s Services)

King to be Good

The only thing scarier than holiday sweaters, family gatherings, yule logs, egg nogs, and bands of carolers bearing gay happy greetings is a nice, thick, nightmare inducing Stephen King novel. But when you combine Stephen King and the holidays, the result is spine-tinglingly . . . well, awesome. File this one at the Big Warm Heart Department, because Mr. King and his novelist wife Tabitha are paying the $13,000 tab to bus 150 Maine Army National Guard soldiers from their base in Indiana to their homes in Maine for the holidays. The soldiers are completing training at Camp Atterbury in Indiana before they ship out to Afghanistan in January. The Kings, both Maine natives, are longtime residents of Bangor. And like any good supernaturalist worth his fearsome salt, King thought the sum of $13,000 was a tad unlucky, and so instead donated $12,999, with the extra dollar being pitched in by his personal assistant. EPL extends a great big kudos to the Kings and everyone everywhere doing good things for other people.