Stephen King

Stephen King’s first published novel, Carrie, about a bullied high-schooler who uses telekinetic powers to exact revenge, was released in hardcover in 1974 and met with moderate success. But it was the mass market paperback that appeared the following year and sold over a million copies that launched King’s decades-long reign in the world of horror and speculative fiction.

16th Annual Library of Congress National Book Festival a Year of Firsts

Another fun-filled, action-packed Library of Congress National Book Festival is underway at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. This, the 16th annual event, was notable for several debuts - the first major public appearance of newly-sworn-in Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden, and the festival debut of best-selling author Stephen King, who was recognized for his contributions to literacy.

In the 'too-good-not-to-share' department, read this story from late last week about how soap opera star-rock musician Rick Springfield lost--and then found for $600 on Ebay--his inscribed first edition of Stephen King's Danse Macabre, signed by the author in 1981. Turns out Springfield is a bit of horror collector. He told Galley Cat, "Now I have it in my collection I'm very glad I did it.