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ARTS + ENTERTAINMENT | Stephen King & Owen King to Visit Naperville

Anderson’s Bookshops and North Central College Join Forces to Present Stephen King and Owen King September 29

For the first time ever, Naperville will host New York Times bestselling author Stephen King and his son, novelist Owen King, for a special event celebrating their new book Sleeping Beauties. This is a special speaking engagement sponsored by Anderson’s Bookshop, North Central College and Simon & Schuster, Inc. The two authors will visit the Residence Hall/Recreation Center on the campus of North Central College, located at 440 S. Brainard St. on Friday evening, September 29 at 7:00 p.m.

Tickets will be sold exclusively at

General tickets cost $40 and include one copy of Sleeping Beauties which ticketholders will received at the door. The event will include a presentation and Q&A event only; there will be no live booksigning or photo line. Neither author will be signing books after the event.

However, the publisher has provided a limited number of pre-autographed copies. Distribution of the signed books will be completely random.

The question and answer portion of this event will rely on audience-submitted questions. To offer a question, please email your question to

PARKING: Parking will be at a premium; campus parking is limited. Please plan ahead and consider carpooling, cab/Uber, Tuk Tuk Naperville service, or public transportation (the Naperville train station is a 15-minute walk to the venue). Downtown Naperville offers four parking garages, some valet parking, and there is street parking throughout the area per Naperville city ordinance. Naperville offers a wide variety of dining options, hotels and shopping, all within walking distance of the event venue as well as options closer to the highways.

Please note: There will be NO opportunity to meet Stephen King or Owen King personally or get a photo or book signed. The high profile guidelines used for such events do not always allow face-to-face meetings with our authors. Anderson's Bookshop is not responsible for changes made by the author to the guidelines prior to or during the event. Your understanding is appreciated.

About the Book

In a future so real and near it might be now, something happens when women go to sleep; they become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. If they are awakened, if the gauze wrapping their bodies is disturbed or violated, the women become feral and spectacularly violent; and while they sleep they go to another place...

The men of our world are abandoned, left to their increasingly primal devices. One woman, however, the mysterious Evie, is immune to the blessing or curse of the sleeping disease. Is Evie a medical anomaly to be studied? Or is she a demon who must be slain?

Set in a small Appalachian town whose primary employer is a women's prison, Sleeping Beauties is a wildly provocative, gloriously absorbing father/son collaboration between Stephen King and Owen King.

About the Authors

Stephen King was born in Portland, Maine in 1947, the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. He made his first professional short story sale in 1967 to Startling Mystery Stories. In the fall of 1971, he began teaching high school English classes at Hampden Academy, the public high school in Hampden, Maine. Writing in the evenings and on the weekends, he continued to produce short stories and to work on novels. In the spring of 1973, Doubleday & Co., accepted the novel Carrie for publication, providing him the means to leave teaching and write full-time. He has since published over 50 books and has become one of the world's most successful writers. King is the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to the American Letters and the 2014 National Medal of Arts.

Stephen lives in Maine and Florida with his wife, novelist Tabitha King. They are regular contributors to a number of charities including many libraries and have been honored locally for their philanthropic activities.

Owen King is the author of the novel Double Feature and co-author of the graphic novel Intro to Alien Invasion. His writing has appeared in numerous journals and newspapers, including the Boston Globe, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, the Los Angeles Review of Books, the New York Times Book Review, One Story, and Subtropics. He is married to the novelist Kelly Braffet.

Owen’s next book, the novel Sleeping Beauties, is a collaboration with his father, Stephen King. It will be available in bookstores everywhere in September 2017.

About Anderson’s Bookshops

Sponsoring this upcoming program is Anderson’s Bookshops, specializing in book sales, author events, booksignings, and building a sense of community, learning and fun. The store has been helping Naperville readers for six generations. Additional locations include Downers Grove, at 5112 Main Street (630)-963-2665 and La Grange, at 26 S. La Grange Rd. (708) 582-6353. A toy shop, Anderson’s Toyshop, at 111 W. Jefferson Ave., in Naperville, opened last year. Key to Anderson’s success has been special author events, like the September 29 program with Stephen King and Owen King.

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