IOWA CITY — Stephen King, author of more than 50 worldwide best-selling novels, will speak at 7 p.m. today in front of sold-out crowd at the Englert Theatre. Tickets for the Iowa City event sold out in just 30 minutes.
Over 300 million copies of King’s books have been sold. King has received numerous honors over the years, including the National Medal of Arts from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Often called the master of horror, early reviews of King’s book tour indicate that those lucky enough to have scored tickets should be prepared to be entertained more than terrified at tonight’s event.
In addition to talking about writing and the Bill Hodges trilogy, King has been regaling sold-out audiences across the country with tales of his life as a best-selling author, including being asked for an autograph in the most awkward of locations — while on the toilet.
King versatility shouldn’t surprise long-term fans. In addition to penning best-selling horror novels such as “Carrie” and “The Shining,” King also has written a number of acclaimed literary works that were later turned into feature films, such as “Stand By Me,” which is based on King’s novella, “The Body.”
He’s also the man behind the memoir and guidebook for writers, “On Writing,” a personal favorite of mine. In it we get a sense of the man behind the desk, as he shares how his family — and his writing — helped him recover after being hit by a car.
What’s your favorite King novel? Are you going to the event tonight?