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Listen to an audio clip from Stephen King's '11/22/63' -- EXCLUSIVE

Stephen King, the ever-prolific master of horror, has written a hefty, high-concept novel, out Nov. 8, that combines time travel and a thrilling attempt to prevent the assassination of John F. Kennedy. There’s an exclusive excerpt from the 11/22/63 in the current issue of Entertainment Weekly, on stands today, but as an added bonus, you can listen to an exclusive snippet from the audiobook below. (Okay, at more than 30 minutes, it might seem like more than a snippet, but keep in mind, this is a very long book). READ FULL STORY

Stephen King announces 'Shining' sequel 'Dr. Sleep' -- watch King read an excerpt (VIDEO)

The long anticipated sequel to The Shining, titled Dr. Sleep, is now official! There aren’t many details available about Dr. Sleep — Stephen King broke the news on his website yesterday in an item about two tweets long — but he did read an excerpt at George Mason University last weekend. It appears the sequel follows a grownup Danny Torrance, a hospice worker who helps patients die painlessly. He comes into contact with a clan of roving, psychic vampires called The Tribe. King says he’s close to finishing the manuscript.

See/hear the excerpt of Dr. Sleep below: READ FULL STORY

On the Books Aug. 25: Steve Jobs biography to be updated with resignation news, and more

++ Steve Jobs’ biography Steve Jobs: A Biography will include the Apple CEO’s point of view on last night’s announcement of his resignation. Biographer Walter Isaacson “speaks to Jobs regularly and is still working on final chapter of the book,” a Simon & Schuster rep told PCMag. This is the first biography with the famously closed-off Apple chief’s blessing, and we’re promised unprecedented access — Jobs didn’t even request a final review before the book goes to print. Steve Jobs will hit bookstores in November. READ FULL STORY

On the Books Aug. 24: Stephen King producing left-leaning radio show, 'Notting Hill' bookstore closing, and more

++ The Travel Bookshop, the site of pivotal scenes between Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant in Notting Hill, will be closing unless someone comes to the rescue. Several authors and Alec Baldwin, who also had a role in the film, are voicing their support for the store.

++ Master of horror Stephen King is taking on a truly scary endeavor: putting on a left-leaning radio talk show in a market dominated by conservative talking heads. Pat LaMarche and Matt Dunlap will host “The Pulse Morning Show” on King’s Maine-based Zone Radio. READ FULL STORY

On the Books July 28: Bernie Madoff book (maybe) in the works; Grisham makes lawyers look cool, as per usual

++ John Grisham wins the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction, an award for “exemplifying the positive role of lawyers in society,” for The Confession, USA Today reports. Meanwhile, there’s no word on whether The Lincoln Lawyer‘s Michael Connelly plans to appeal.

++ British newspaper The Daily Telegraph published a sneak-peek excerpt from Stephen King’s introduction to a new edition of The Lord of The Flies. King ruminates on the nature of childhood and name-drops Terrence Malick.

++ And speaking of the Telegraph: According to the Los Angeles Times, a UK court ordered the British broadsheet to pay the equivalent of $100,000 in damages to art writer Sarah Thornton, who claimed she was libeled in a review of her bestseller Seven Days In The Art World. Let this serve as a cautionary tale to us all—Canadian contemporary art critics are not to be messed with.

++ And, on the Un-Googleable Book Releases front, Little, Brown has announced that “Untitled,” by Anonymous, will hit shelves this fall, the New York Times reports. There’s speculation that the title of the 320-page nonfiction text will change to something a little snappier containing the words “Bernie Madoff”: An internal company database at Little, Brown’s parent company lists freelance writer Catherine Hooper, fiancée of the former NASDAQ chairman’s younger son, as a co-author.

Can Stephen King handle time travel?

stephen-kingImage Credit: Joe Kohen/Getty ImagesIf you’re a true fan of Stephen King, by now you’ve probably read the synopsis of his upcoming book, 11/22/63. The plot is pretty out there: Jake Epping, a teacher, travels to 1958 via a portal in his friend’s diner, where he takes on a mission to prevent the Kennedy assassination. In the meantime, he meets a disturbed man named Lee Harvey Oswald, deals with culture shock of finding himself in a past decade (I can already picture a time travel cliche in the film version: Jake at a soda shop, where “One Fine Day” is playing in the background), and falls passionately in love with a comely librarian named Sadie Dunhill. The upcoming 1,000-page novel sounds like an intriguing departure for Uncle Stevie, but not all of his readers are convinced. Allison Flood of the Guardian counts herself among King’s fans but remains skeptical as to whether he can make time travel interesting.

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Stephen King's new time travel novel, '11/22/63' announced

Stephen-KingImage Credit: Ida Mae Astute/ABC via Getty ImagesStephen King has announced his next novel, 11/22/63, scheduled to be released by Scribner November 8th of this year. Described as a “1,000-page tour de force,” the story follows Jake Epping, a high school English teacher, who finds a secret portal to 1958 and takes on a mission to prevent the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Jake finds himself in a new world of “Elvis and JFK, of American cars and sock hops,” and in the midst of growing accustomed to life in a past decade, he encounters a “troubled loner” Lee Harvey Oswald and falls in love with a beautiful librarian.

Stephen King answers questions about his new book and more in EW exclusive video

Everybody has something they want to ask Stephen King, whether it’s “Where exactly is the rip in space/time that allows you to write all of these books?” or, as it is for me, “Why did my parents let me read It as a child and then take me to the circus?” Luckily, EW has an exclusive video of Uncle Stevie answering fans’ questions related to his new collection of novellas, Full Dark, No Stars, as well as a whole bunch of other topics. Watch below:

So do you now know everything you wanted to know about King? Have any of you read the new book yet? What do you think?

EW Exclusive: Stephen King talks vampires in introduction to comics series

stephen-king-american-vampireImage Credit: Ida Mae Astute/ABC via Getty ImagesStephen King’s ‘Salem’s Lot helped to bring vampires back to their Bram Stoker origins, with an emphasis on the heartless, frightening nature of the bloodsuckers combined with a side-focus on real estate, so he knows a little something about the creatures of the night. In his introduction to the first volume of the upcoming American Vampire series from DC Comics, the horror maestro makes his feelings about how vampires should really be portrayed known: That is, as truly monstrous and evil, not fanged and fabulous. And most definitely not as “lovelorn southern gentlemen,” “anorexic teenage girls,” or “boy-toys with big dewy eyes.”

Click here to read King’s introduction exclusively on EW.com.

So is King right? Does scary beat sexy? Are you excited for American Vampire?

'Dancing with Stars' but not authors

dancing-with-starsImage Credit: Craig Sjodin/ABCABC announced the newest cast of Dancing with the Stars Monday night, and today they released the couple pairings for the show’s 11th season. (At the time of this post, EW.com readers had voted Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough as the couple to beat! Fellow ‘stars’ watch your backs!)

Anyway, it has come to my attention that DWTS keeps neglecting one important genre of stars—authors! Author Ally Carter took to her blog to comment on this travesty. In 11 seasons with more than 100 stars, none of them have been authors. (This does not count the stars who have book deals, like reality mom Kate Gosselin.)

Even if you don’t watch the show, it’s hard to avoid the casting news each season. And if I’ve learned anything at all by watching week after week, it’s that the producers use the term ‘stars’ loosely. I get it. Dancing with the People You’ve Probably Heard About in the News, Regardless of Star Quality was never really a viable name choice. So I won’t hold that against the ABC powers that be. But I’m not sure I’m comfortable living in a world where Bristol Palin is considered a ‘star’ and a best-selling author is not. And that has nothing to do with politics.

Carter points out that this might be a mere coincidence and not a direct snub of the writers of the world. And she’s right. Maybe J.K Rowling has no interest. Maybe EW’s own Stephen King isn’t quite ready to break out his dancing shoes. Whatever the reason, it doesn’t change the fact that authors are very notably missing from each DWTS lineup.

What author would you want to see strut their dancing stuff in an effort to claim the coveted mirror ball trophy? And who knows? Maybe ABC will take note and make the “write” choice next season. (Sorry. Couldn’t help myself.) Head to the comments below!

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