Margaret Atwood and Stephen King

It’s not often that great authors come together at one event. Or at least, it’s not often the public gets to attend and listen to them talk. If you’re going to be in Toronto (or maybe just want to make plans for the fall),  Authors at Harbourfront Centre  October 24 – November 3, 2013 will be the place to be!

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They’ve just announced more of the lineup for the event, which includes Stephen King and his son, author Owen King at the opening night event, along with Canadian author Louise Penny who will moderate the discussion.  This event is sold out now, but there are plenty more!

Canadian author Margaret Atwood is slated to appear as well to promote her new novel, MADDADDAM, as well as Charlotte Gray, Wayne Johnston and Douglas Coupland. Tickets to four of the special events went on sale yesterday.  You can stop by the site to see the full lineup and also to purchase tickets.  But hurry, they’ll go fast!

Stephen King is causing problems for our lists!

Earlier this week, we received an email from our library catalog support system, telling everyone that Stephen King’s newest book called 11/22/63 is causing issues with the Best Seller lists that you can find posted on our library catalog website. Apparently, King’s book title is playing havoc with the site simply because of the date issue. (The catalog software is intuitive and wants to make the title into a date only, we think.) Regardless, the support team announced they were working on the issue and hope to have it solved this week.  In the meantime, King’s book about a teacher who goes back in time to try to prevent Kennedy’s assassination, will remain off the Best-Seller listings on the catalog (confusing, I know, but it’s just a clerical issue for now). Hopefully, it will be solved soon and King’s book can take its right place on the list eventually.

I bet he didn’t think a simple title would cause such panic in the lives of techies working on library catalogs. Maybe this could be a new book idea? (I expect a 2% fee for the idea, Mr. King!)

Published in: on November 22, 2011 at 8:49 am  Leave a Comment  
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Movie adaptations in the works

For many people, the book is often better than a movie adaptation, but it sure doesn’t stop us from going to see our favourite books on the big screen. While everyone is still talking about the recent movie The Help, based on the book by Kathryn Stockett, there are a few new movies in the works with a big fan base already.

For the kids….Dreamworks has just stated it will make a movie of the popular Captain Underpants series by Dav Pilkey. Yes, I know, thousands of 10 year old boys out there are THRILLED by this news, while their parents are probably actively trying to come up with ways to avoid taking them to see it. But with Dreamworks behind it, you know it’s bound to look great and be funny, too. You can visit the site and look under “news” for the full story.

And for the older set, a new adaptation of Stephen King’s epic novel The Stand, through Warner Bros…..directed by Ben Affleck.  Now, this books was made into a mini-series a while back (and didn’t get great reviews), so King has been reluctant to have it made into a movie. The large-scale themes will be difficult to scale down into two hours, I would think, so Affleck might want to consider going the Peter Jackson route with his trilogy, Lord of the Rings, and make it into two or more movies.  While Affleck has had some acclaim lately s a director (Gone, Baby, Gone), I worry about this movie. Will it be dark enough? Will it hit on all the right ideas? Will it be everything the book was?  We’ll have to wait and see.


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A new eBook by Stephen King

It’s here…and it sounds great.  Released on Thursday, September 1st as an eBook, Stephen King gives us Mile 81 .  You can find a synopsis and all the info you need right here. Sounds creepy!

Published in: on September 8, 2011 at 7:46 am  Comments (1)  
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What are you reading this winter?

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I always try to have an interesting bulletin board in the children’s area of the library to help get kids reading. This December, our bulletin board echoes the chilly, snowy weather we’re having. So why not settle down in the warm house and read a good book?

This month, I am reading the newest book of short stories by Stephen King called Just After Sunset, as well as working my way through the Forest of Reading books for the New Year. I’m hoping to get through them all before I start visiting the schools to promote the program to our young readers.

What are YOU reading this winter?


A writer and his snacks

Stephen King has written an interesting article about snacking at the movies for Entertainment Weekly Magazine. Thanks again to Larry over at the Fire Wire for finding this interesting piece.

For a magazine that prides itself on the many aspects of the movie business it covers, EW hasn’t had much to say over the years concerning the important subject of snacks. Oh, an occasional piece about how much they cost, but few words on their culinary wonderfulness. This needs correcting, because, while some people eat snacks while they are at the movies, there are some who go to the movies so they can eat snacks. That would be me. So let me impart a few lessons years of snacking have taught me.

First, support your theater. Buy at the snack bar and damn the expense. You could probably sneak your own food in, but if you’re caught, you’ll be thrown out. As for bringing healthier snacks from home: Did you really hire a babysitter and drive six miles so you could snark cucumber slices half-drowned in buttermilk ranch out of a slimy plastic bag? Is that what you call living it up?

If you want to get healthy, there are places for that: They’re called ”health clubs.” And I find there’s something giddy about tossing down $4.50 for a box of Gummi Bears or a bag of chocolate raisins. It makes me feel like a high roller, especially when the matinee ticket itself only costs 50 cents more.

I always start my order with the ritual drink — Diet Pepsi if possible, Coke Zero as a fallback, Diet Coke the court of last resort. A big diet cola sops up the calories and cholesterol contained in movie snack food just like a big old sponge soaks up water. This is a proven fact. One expert (me) believes a medium diet cola drink can lower your cholesterol by 20 points and absorb as much as one thousand empty calories. And if you say that’s total crap, I would just point out I don’t call it a ritual drink for nothing. Sometimes I add a strawberry smoothie with lots of whipped cream, but I’m always sure to take enough sips of my ritual drink to absolve me of those calories, too.

With my calorie-absorbent drink in hand, I can then safely order a large popcorn with extra butter. Of course it isn’t really butter, it’s some sort of mystery substance squeezed from the sweat glands of small animals, but I have developed such a taste for it over my years of filmgoing that the real stuff tastes wrong, somehow.

If the counter guy puts on the glandular butter substitute himself, I watch carefully to make sure he greases the middle of the bag as well as the top layer. If it’s self-serve (at the beginning I didn’t like this option, but now I do), I proceed to hammer on that red button until I have what I call a ”heavy bag.” You know you have a heavy bag when the bottom starts to sag and ooze large drops of a yellow puslike substance before you even get into the theater. And don’t forget the salt. Popcorn salt is a little strong for my taste (and it looks like powdered urine); I prefer plain table salt. Half a shaker is about right.

With a ”heavy bag,” caution is a must. Don’t put it on your lap; when the movie’s over and the lights come up, people will think you wet your pants. Courtesy is also a must. Don’t put it on the seat beside you, or the next person is going to sit on a seat that oozes. Not cool, bro.

My candy of choice is Junior Mints. And while I don’t bring bootleg food into the movies, I do bring bootleg toothpicks. Then, as I relax in my seat, I take a toothpick and poke five or six Junior Mints onto it. It ends the dreaded Chocolate Hand, and it’s also kind of fun to eat candy off a stick. I call them Mint-Kebabs.

And although it’s a matter of personal choice, I myself don’t eat movie meat (go on, snicker, I can take it). My motto is ”Never buy a hot dog that’s been waiting in a foil Baggie under a heat lamp.” For all you know, that stray dog could have been there since Revenge of the Sith. Nachos are good, but only if you get the reserve swimming pool of cheese sauce, because one is never enough.

Now that I think of it, the same could be said of snacks. But remember: Start with the ritual drink. After that, you’re on your own. (Reprinted from Entertainment Weekly)

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