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    Default Sleeping Beauties: new Stephen King novel with Owen King

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    On the Charleston stop on the End of Watch tour King mentioned how he and his son Owen have collaborated on a book set in a women’s prison in West Virginia. A first draft of that work has been finished which means we probably won’t see it until the fall of 2017 at the earliest. No info on what kind of book it is but the title will be Sleeping Beauties.
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    Kind of disappointed that it's not with Joe Hill. I haven't read any of Owen's stuff.


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    I'm pretty excited. I haven't read anything by Owen either but by all accounts he's very different from Stephen and Joe, very funny and realistic, so I will be very much looking forward to this. Always great to see King doing something different.
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    I've read Double Feature and greatly enjoyed it. It was a different genre from his family. I think this could be interesting.

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    Yeah, we've already enjoyed Steve and Joe together twice, let's get something different.

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    Well they've done a few decent short stories together but I'd prefer a novel over them.


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    Just a tiny bit of an update about this novel from King's Library of Congress event today. He called the book "very long".
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    Publishers Weekly announcement: Stephen King and son Owen King's SLEEPING BEAUTIES, a novel set in the near future, [sold] to Nan Graham at Scribner, for publication in 2017

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    Hope we get some more news soon! Maybe a spring/summer publication date?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bev Vincent View Post
    Publishers Weekly announcement: Stephen King and son Owen King's SLEEPING BEAUTIES, a novel set in the near future, [sold] to Nan Graham at Scribner, for publication in 2017
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    Well, it could've been published with Owen's publishers. I guess this may mean it's more of a King book.
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    http://www.dailyprincetonian.com/art...-joint-reading
    Renowned suspense novelist Stephen King and award-winning poet Eileen Myles gave a joint reading at 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 16, as part of the Althea Ward Clark W’21 Reading Series 2016-2017. The writers were introduced by professor of creative writing Emeritus Joyce Carol Oates and professor of creative writing Susan Wheeler, respectively.

    “We invited both of these writers because they do something in their genres that no one else does,” Michael Dickman, a lecturer in the Creative Writing department, said. “They read on the same day by happenstance in their schedules, but it was a great combination.”

    Dickman aided in organizing the talk.

    Myles read a selection of her older works as well as an excerpt from her current project “Afterglow.” King followed with two excerpts from his upcoming novel Sleeping Beauties, which he co-wrote with his son Owen King.

    “To tell a really good story is what is most important to me,” King said. “I think writers decide what they really think by codifying their thoughts in words.”

    “It’s very interesting to see an author speak in person. With athletes or actors you directly see the person doing their work, but when an author creates art I have a bond with that art piece and not necessarily the actual person,” Jacob Sweetow ’20 said. “It was cool to bridge that gap and unveil the real Stephen King.”

    “It was really awesome seeing Tracy K. Smith, Joyce Carol Oates, Stephen King, and Eileen Myles in the same room,” said Destiny Salter ’20.

    Salter also noted that the difference between the various speakers contributed to her enthusiasm for the event.

    “What struck me is the number of people at the reading today, and that’s what we want for every reading in the series,” Dickman added. “Whether you know them or not, the other writers in the series are just as dynamic and exciting.”

    The next reading in the Althea Ward Clark W’21 Reading Series will consist of University student readings and will take place on Dec. 14, at 5 p.m. in the Chancellor Green Rotunda.
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    I'm surpriced that so little has been said about this. Did no one film it? Didn't anyone attend and could tell us what the book was all about? Usually we know a lot very soon after King has read from something new but not this time...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lilja View Post
    I'm surpriced that so little has been said about this. Did no one film it? Didn't anyone attend and could tell us what the book was all about? Usually we know a lot very soon after King has read from something new but not this time...

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    I agree. Someone please help.

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    I don't think anyone here got tickets. There weren't many available to the public.
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    http://www.centraljersey.com/lifesty...338a7838c.html
    Stephen King gave a Princeton audience a preview of his newest work, which will be published in 2017.

    The legendary author shared two excerpts from “Sleeping Beauties,” which Mr. King wrote with his son, Owen King, an author in his own right, having published such acclaimed books as “We’re All in This Together: A Novella and Stories,” and “Double Feature: A Novel.”

    During his reading — which was part of the Althea Ward Clark Reading Series, presented by Princeton University’s Program in Creative in Writing — at McCarter Theatre on Nov. 16, Stephen King read the excerpts from an iPad. He explained that he and his son started working on the book two years ago after Owen came to him with an idea — a story about what would happen if all the women in the world fell asleep.

    Mr. King, whose bibliography of bestsellers includes “Carrie,” “The Shining,” “Misery,” “Under the Dome,” and “11/22/63,” said the idea brought two memories to mind. His mother-in-law once told him that if you go into someone’s house and there isn’t a ring in the toilet bowl, it means a woman lives in the home. The other thought was his mother saying that no man knows how to property fold a shirt (men who served in the military may disagree).

    Wearing jeans, a collared shirt, and sneakers, Mr. King was introduced by Joyce Carol Oates. Mr. King talked about the story, and a bit about writing. “One of the reasons writers write is to figure out what they think by codifying it into words,” he said. He also joked about pushing the wrong button on his iPad and losing the excerpts, “What will you do then Smartass?” he said to himself. He added that while the iPad is amazing, he preferred reading printed pages. “These are just boops and bleeps,” he said of the words on the screen. It was an interesting remark from a writer who was among the first major authors to publish an original story as an e-book, and who has published a few things exclusively for Amazon’s Kindle.

    The stage was decorated with the set for a production of the musical “Once,” presented by the Lewis Center for the Arts. Standing before some wooden tables, a bar and under dozens of hanging chandeliers, Mr. King read two excerpts from the book, one from a man’s point of view, and one from the point of a view from a female character, who is existing in another dimension.

    Poet and novelist Eileen Myles also participated in the reading, sharing several poems, and an excerpt from “Afterglow,” her upcoming account of a dog’s life.

    Eight days after the election, it was clear that Donald Trump’s victory was on everyone’s mind. The day after the election, Mr. King announced a break from tweeting after Mr. Trump’s win. As of this writing, he hasn’t resumed tweeting, but Ms. Oates said she hoped he’d return to Twitter (and his more than 2.5 million followers) soon.

    Audience members were given a paper listing the platform for Ms. Myles’ run for president, in 1992. She promised to abolish the income tax, and to tax assets instead; to refuse to live in the White House while there were homeless people in America; to write her own speeches; and to guarantee healthcare for all Americans, because she needed it to.

    Ms. Myles started her reading with what she described as her “early lesbian poems,” before reading her more recent work. She then nodded toward Mr. King and said, “We’ve all got them.”

    Her poems included “Failed Appointment,” about her 95-year-old mother. The poem came about after a few incidents where people gathered because thought her mother would die. It’s a serious topic, but Ms. Myles was funny and engaging as she read the work.

    Another poem, “Peanut Butter” was about hunger, sex, swimming and summer (“the sensation of being dirty in body and mind/ summer as a time to do nothing and make no money”).

    At one point, Ms. Myles paused to note about the election, “Not to be partisan, but... “ She then made a gesture with a certain finger.
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    Good grief what a sob fest. Imagine listening to these bores pout about the election. I never even heard of this "poet." I'm surprised King can carry on even with his $400 million dollars. I hope he can rally himself.

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    Has a synopsis or plot been released about this book?

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    Not an official synopsis or anything. Just what's been posted in this thread.
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    The book will be published in October (no day set yet)

    Brief synopsis: What would happen if all the women abandoned the world? A wildly provocative novel of supernatural suspense, SLEEPING BEAUTIES is the first father/son collaboration between Stephen King and Owen King. ​

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bev Vincent View Post
    The book will be published in October (no day set yet)

    Brief synopsis: What would happen if all the women abandoned the world? A wildly provocative novel of supernatural suspense, SLEEPING BEAUTIES is the first father/son collaboration between Stephen King and Owen King. ​
    Neat! thanks Bev. I was hoping it would be a straight up comedy novel like Owen's book but sounds cool like a reverse Y the Last Man.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bev Vincent View Post
    The book will be published in October (no day set yet)
    SK.com lists October 1. Is that just a placeholder date?
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    Quote Originally Posted by pablo View Post
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    The book will be published in October (no day set yet)
    SK.com lists October 1. Is that just a placeholder date?
    One would think. Sunday book releases are unheard of.

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    Right. Didn't think to check the calendar
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