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Best of the National Book Festival: Stephen King

Each weekday, the National Book Festival blog is featuring a video presentation from among the thousands of authors who have appeared at the National Book Festival and as part of the new year-long series, National Book Festival Presents. We’re spotlighting some of them here. Today? No less than Stephen King. Their schedule: Mondays will feature topical nonfiction; Tuesday: poetry or literary fiction; Wednesday: history, biography, memoir; Thursday: popular fiction; and Friday: authors who write for children and teens. Please enjoy, and make sure to explore the full National Book Festival video collection!


Today, this series features America’s undisputed king of horror and suspense, Stephen King, looking back on his long and prolific career.

In 2016, King walked onto the Main Stage at the National Book Festival in D.C. and was greeted by a standing-room-only crowd, many of whom had traveled from across the country to see and hear their favorite author. King didn’t disappoint. He was at turns extraordinarily clever, bitingly satirical and hilariously funny.

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden introduces King, and presents him (at 4:40) with the Library of Congress Literary Champion medal for his “tireless” devotion to literacy and other worthwhile causes. King’s most recent work at the time was “End of Watch.” The author takes audience questions at 46:00.

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