It looks like Stephen King fans are going to be in for a treat this summer when the TV version of King’s MR. MERCEDES airs on AT&T’s Audience network. (One assumes it’ll be released somewhere more common to all TV viewers soon after.)
August 9th is the set date for the show, telling the story of Detective Bill Hodges who is working on the case of a mysterious man who ran his car into a crowd of job seekers, killing eight people. This is a departure from King’s “normal” horror fare, and was lauded as hist first foray into the detective novel. It even won the Edgar Award for Best Novel in 2015, and was followed up by two books to round out the story.
The TV version was created by mogul David E. Kelley, and is bound to stick pretty close to the story. So, set your PVRs for August, and be ready for some blood…there’s always blood.
It was 20 years ago that Stephen King released his now famous book THE GREEN MILE in a monthly serial format. Readers had to wait for the next tiny chapter to be published…or until the entire book was put together into one novel…but they didn’t seem to mind. It was an old way of releasing a book, but new to most of King’s fans. And boy, did we read!
Now, to mark the 20th anniversary of the wildly successful book, S & S/Scribner is taking it all back and re-releasing the book in serial format to a new set of readers, and this time they’re going digital! THE GREEN MILE is one of the many books that appeals to readers who might not otherwise be fans of Stephen King (doesn’t everyone think all he writes is horror?), and these small chapters in eBook format will appeal to readers who want something short to read, but feel like they’re taking part in something bigger.
Right now, you can read a sample of the first chapter THE TWO DEAD GIRLS, on OverDrive.
What do YOU think of serials?
Last week, Stephen King announced a smallish book tour for 2016 to promote his new book END OF WATCH. We think he could just take a quick detour after his first date to swing on by Carleton Place for a quick chat with fans (and librarians!), before hopping off to his next gig. He could at least think about it…..
Here are the tour dates, if you happen to be otherwise interested…more details to come:
June 7 Jersey City, NJ
June 8 Sewickley, PA
June 9 Dayton, OH
June 10 Charleston, WV
June 11 Nashville, TN
June 12 Louisville, KY
June 13 Iowa City, IA
June 14 Omaha, NE
June 15 Tulsa, OK
June 16 Albuquerque, NM
June 17 Salt Lake City, UT
June 18 Reno, NV
Hulu and Warner Brothers TV, along with J.J. Abrams’ fabulous team, have announced they’ll be making a 9-hour series based on Stephen King’s alternate history novel, 11/22/63 which is based on the events surrounding the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
I loved this book, which centers around English teacher Jake Epping who discovers the local diner has a portal that can transport him back to 1958….several years before the assassination in Texas. But time travel through this secret portal is not without consequences, as Epping soon discovers. While there are many classic King-isms in this book (it’s not for those who cannot suspend disbelief for a short time, or for those who aren’t comfortable with King’s interest in paranormal/horror nuances), this is a wonderful re-imaging of a horrible moment in US history. Not only does he shed light on historical facts many generations might not have heard, but he paints Lee Harvey Oswald in a human light, making this book rich with history and humanity.
While the mini-series isn’t set to air until 2015 on Hulu, and probably later through Warner Brothers, I’m going to mark my calendar so that I don’t forget. And if you haven’t read the book, you still have time. It’s a biggie, so you might want to get right on it!
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!
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!
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!)
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.