About Books for NYC Schools/KidsRead
Through Books for NYC Schools, we reach out to schools-in-need in the five boroughs and implement book drives to help supply books to public school libraries and classes, and to youth organizations in the city. In 2012 alone, we donated 35,000 books for school libraries, classes and youth organizations in the city. KidsRead invites over 400 New York City public schools students to The Center for Fiction to meet the YA and literary fiction writers they have been reading in class. Our goal is to help students gain not only proficiency but a passion for books. LEARN MORE
About the Gerald W. Lynch Theater
Since opening its doors in 1988, the Gerald W. Lynch Theater has been an invaluable cultural resource for John Jay College and the larger New York City community. The Theater is dedicated to the creation and presentation of performing arts programming of all disciplines with a special focus on how the artistic imagination can shed light on the many perceptions of justice in our society. The Theater is also a member of CUNY Stages, a consortium of 16 performing arts center located on CUNY campuses across New York City.
Stephen King with Owen King
Tuesday September 24, 2013
Photos credit: Danielle Lune and Shane Leonard
This event is now sold out.
The Center for Fiction is pleased to announce that it will present Stephen King in conversation with Owen King at the Gerald Lynch Theater at John Jay College at 7:30 PM on September 24, 2013, which is the publication date of
Doctor Sleep, Stephen’s newest book. All proceeds from this event will support The Center’s Books for NYC Schools/KidsRead program.
The Books for NYC Schools/KidsRead program provides over 35,000 books to classrooms and libraries in more than 70 public schools throughout New York City and brings students from all five boroughs to The Center to meet with authors of books they have been reading in their classrooms.
Mr. King’s upcoming event has encouraged others to give. Reba White Williams and Dave Williams join Stephen King in support of Books for NYC Schools/KidsRead as Lead Sponsors of this event.
For King fans this will be a rare opportunity to see two members of the King family of writers together on stage to read from and discuss their novels and to take questions from the audience.
About Doctor Sleep
On highways across America, a tribe of people called The True Knot travel in search of sustenance. They look harmless—mostly old, lots of polyester, and married to their RVs. But as Dan Torrance knows, and tween Abra Stone learns, The True Knot are quasi-immortal, living off the “steam” that children with the “shining” produce when they are slowly tortured to death.
Haunted by the inhabitants of the Overlook Hotel where he spent one horrific childhood year, Dan has been drifting for decades, desperate to shed his father’s legacy of despair, alcoholism, and violence. Finally, he settles in a New Hampshire town, an AA community that sustains him, and a job at a nursing home where his remnant “shining” power provides the crucial final comfort to the dying. Aided by a prescient cat, he becomes “Doctor Sleep.”
Then Dan meets the evanescent Abra Stone, and it is her spectacular gift, the brightest shining ever seen, that reignites Dan’s own demons and summons him to a battle for Abra’s soul and survival. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted readers of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.
Stephen King was born in Portland, Maine in 1947, the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. He made his first professional short story sale in 1967 to Startling Mystery Stories. In the fall of 1973, he began teaching high school English classes at Hampden Academy, the public high school in Hampden, Maine. Writing in the evenings and on the weekends, he continued to produce short stories and to work on novels. In the spring of 1973, Doubleday & Co., accepted the novel Carrie for publication, providing him the means to leave teaching and write full-time. He has since published over 50 books and has become one of the world's most successful writers.
Stephen lives in Maine and Florida with his wife, novelist Tabitha King. They are regular contributors to a number of charities including many libraries and have been honored locally for their philanthropic activities.
About Double Feature
Sam Dolan is a young man coming to terms with his life in the process and aftermath of making his first film. He has a difficult relationship with his father, B-movie actor Booth Dolan—a boisterous, opinionated, lying lothario whose screen legacy falls somewhere between cult hero and pathetic. Allie, Sam’s dearly departed mother, was a woman whose only fault, in Sam’s eyes, was her eternal affection for his father. Also included in the cast of indelible characters: a precocious, frequently violent half-sister; a conspiracy-theorist second wife; an Internet-famous roommate; a contractor who can’t stop expanding his house; a happy-go-lucky college girlfriend and her husband, a retired Yankees catcher; the morose producer of a true-crime show; and a slouching indie-film legend. Not to mention a tragic sex monster.
Unraveling the tumultuous, decades-spanning story of the Dolan family’s friends, lovers, and adversaries, Double Feature is about letting go of everything—regret, resentment, dignity, moving pictures, the dead—and taking it again from the top. Against the backdrop of indie filmmaking, college campus life, contemporary Brooklyn, and upstate New York, Owen King’s epic debut novel combines propulsive storytelling with mordant wit and brims with a deep understanding of the trials of ambition and art, of relationships and life, and of our attempts to survive it all.