Stephen King, His Books, and Their Origins at Lisner Audiotorium

We're here at GW's Lisner Auditorium and I'd like to welcome everyone Not… not a particularly creepy place here, is it? Well we opted for size instead of atmosphere and considering how packed it is here this evening, I think we made the right choice. Normally, of course, we like to hold author talks in our store on Connecticut Avenue North West but for huge events like this, we're very grateful to have Lisner Auditorium. In fact, we and GW have worked together a number of years and I'd like to thank everyone connected with Lisner who helped make this evening's event possible. I also… I also want to thank all of you for shopping with Politics and Prose whether at the store, or at our website. like many other independent bookstores in the country today, we're facing a challenging marketplace but we're fortunate to have a large community of avid book readers here in Washington we remain committed to bringing great book events and great authors to the D.C. area. Now I'm supposed to reiterate several things that you probably heard coming in. First, after the event, we'll be dismissing everyone by rows. This is to ensure an orderly process as people exit and pick up their books. so please stay in your seat when the event is over. and wait for ushers to signal you to get up and depart. Second, it's very important That you hold onto the ticket That you received when you checked in You'll need to show that ticket on the way out to get a book and third, during the event please… uh… no photos I guess Stephen frightens easily (Laughter) No, just kidding, but really… uh No photos please Somehow, for all the events

39 thoughts on “Stephen King, His Books, and Their Origins at Lisner Audiotorium

  1. King can write sick ass detective shit. 'Apt pupil' and 'black house' get super clever with interrogation scenes that somehow come together. That's the Stephen King shit that gives me goosebumps. It's never 'contrived' either, it's so perfectly clever.

  2. LITERATURE becomes JUST THAT because it is read and appreciated by MILLIONS of discerning READERS… (There is NOTHING WRONG with reading "Fifty Shades Of Grey" or "Twilight", but it isn't LITERATURE…) JK Rowling IS Literature… (James Herbert IS NOT…) Entertainment IS NOT Literature… (Though it serves a purpose…) There IS a CROSS OVER… (Donald E Westlake IS Literature, as is Laurence Sanders….) Thomas Harris IS NOT Literature… STEPHEN KING is GENUINE LITERATURE… WHY??? (Because he INHABITS HIS CHARACTERS…) He DOES NOT merely use THEM to tell the story, rather, he tells us about the reasons why their stories might or might not work in a WIDER NARRATIVE… (Usually they do…) Stephen King is a GENIUS WRITER… He does THE ONE THING writers NEED to do and he invariably does it IMMEDIATELY… (He ENGAGES, and makes you want to know WHAT HAPPENS?????) He Turns Pages… xx SF

  3. For somebody with a fortune from writing books yet such a simple and humble guy👍👍👍👍👍

  4. Is there ever a SINGLE one of these introductions were the person just says "You ain't ere to listen to me.. STEPHEN KING"

  5. Stephen King has been an inspiration to me since I was just a young girl in my pre-teens. I used to "borrow" my stepdad's Stephen King books and stay up late reading them, terrified to go to sleep without a light on. Stephen inspired me to become a writer. I can thank my being published to a course I took on writing specifically for publication and Stephen King's book "On Writing: A Memoir to the Craft."
    For years, I've had an idea for a horror and my ultimate dream would be to present my idea to Stephen King himself and have him write it, but I know he'd most likely tell me that it's a good idea and I should write it! Lol
    This is an excellent interview! Thank you for sharing.

  6. He calls the St Bernard for Cujo Buster here, but in a more recent one of these, he said his name was Lucky…

  7. Stephen tells the same 4 or 5 stories at all of these things …. for like 30 years. He digs at John Irving, tells the Cujo story …. tells the hairdryer story ….

  8. Drivel, mindless drivel, that's why he writes so fast and often, it's drivel for psuedo intellectual morons.

  9. I could be handed a book without being told who the author is, and I'd pick out King in an instant, no matter who he writes as (Thinner being one of my fav's).

  10. I don't think Steve King gets the accolades or appreciation for his storytelling. He is known for his horror. I was hooked with Salems Lot aged 17. For his standard books I love The Shining, The Stand and Misery. These books are not really horror, but in my opinion are some of the best fiction I have ever read – Different Seasons (The Body and Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption), Dolores Claiborne and Hearts in Atlantis. There are a small number of his books I consider to be unreadable. Thanks Mr King for the joy you have given me over almost 40 years. Perhaps in decades people will read some of these stories as literature.

  11. not sure if he ever told the joke amidst the rambling but here it is: 

    "A pair of jumper cables walks into a bar. The bartender says, "I'll serve you, but don't start anything!""

  12. I have a problem, i can come up with the good ideas etc, but i can't fill the pages… i can't write the every day stuff that novelists can… I'm alway thinking like "well now what? i suppose i better write a part where they're at the breakfast table talking… or someone makes a phonecall to someone and they talk for 10 mins not about the plot… anyone else having these issues?
    That lawyer joke fell FLAT lol yo ucan tell the type of people that are there then!

  13. Mr. King has been a favorite author of my Brother Mike and I. I loved IT and CREEPSHOW back in high school. I was inspired to write a horror tale called: "CLOWN" based on IT and THE CRATE from CREEPSHOW. Then, I kept on writing horror material inspired by Mr. King's classic works. So, much thanks, appreciation and admiration to him for his fantastic works and inspiring me.

  14. The first "vehicule" I obtained, at 15 (after nasty blackmail towards my parents), was a Yamaha Chappy. Ridicoulous tiny bike build for dwarfs, to often unreliable, out of price, but I could go out(slowly) every night into the Old-Nice thanks to it. In the mid-90's it was real good fun and not to dangerous. We even did often pogos on Nirvana. Aaahhhh, the good old times….

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