LOWELL, Mass. – If you love a good scare, you want to come to UMass Lowell for a rare appearance by Stephen King, whose words on page and screen have thrilled and chilled fans for three decades.
For one night only, Friday, Dec. 7, King will take to the stage at the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell to read his work, answer questions, discuss his passion for writing and offer advice to aspiring authors. “A Conversation with Stephen King” will be moderated by Andre Dubus III, bestselling author and professor in UMass Lowell’s English Department, the program’s co-sponsor. King’s appearance marks the debut of the new UMass Lowell Chancellor’s Speaker Series.
General admission tickets are available to the public for $30 (plus $2 facility fee) and may be purchased at the Tsongas Center box office, www.tsongascenter.com
and 866-722-8780. Admission is free for UMass Lowell students with valid ID who obtain tickets in advance at the Tsongas Center box office. At least $5 from every ticket sold for the event will go to a new scholarship fund that King and his wife, Tabitha, will endow for UMass Lowell students. King will donate his speaking fee to the scholarship fund.
In addition to the Tsongas Center event, King will hold a special master class for UMass Lowell creative writing majors during his visit to the university.
King’s nearly 35-year literary career includes publishing more than 50 full-length books that have sold more than 350 million copies, as well as many short stories, essays, anthologies and novellas. King’s early thrillers, like “Carrie” and “The Shining,” put him on the map, not only as a writer of popular horror novels, but also one whose work could be successfully adapted for films and television. More than 50 of his works have been turned into movies and miniseries, and many have garnered critical success, including “The Shawshank Redemption” and “The Green Mile,” both of which were nominated for multiple Academy Awards. King made his directorial debut with “Maximum Overdrive,” which was based on one of his short stories, and collaborated on “Ghosts,” a 40-minute music video with Michael Jackson.
King, who also published work under the pen name Richard Bachman, is best known for crafting tales that terrify. But he is also the author of nonfiction books like “On Writing,” his self-described “memoir of the craft,” and “Faithful,” a chronicle of the Boston Red Sox 2004 championship season co-written with Stewart O’Nan. Last year’s “11/22/63” was King’s first work of historical fiction, set around the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. King has penned columns and opinion pieces that have appeared in publications and websites, including Entertainment Weekly and the Huffington Post, and he has made several TV and movie appearances. His body of work includes comic books, audio books and the novella “Ur,” written exclusively for release as an e-book for the Amazon Kindle. King is the recipient of numerous honors, including the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters and the Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Award.
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