Stephen King Wins The Edgar Award

Master of horror Stephen King has won America’s top crime-writing award for his serial killer thriller “Mr Mercedes.” The novel sees King steer clear of paranormal elements to focus on a very human evil. The book beat titles by more traditional practitioners of crime writing including Ian Rankin, Stuart Neville and Karin Slaughter was named best novel at the Edgar Awards in New York at the end of April.

“He represents a plausible evil; it’s impossible not to hear echoes in his story of other troubled young American men who have opened fire in crowded schools or cinemas, as King peels back the layers to understand how a killer like Brady is formed,” said the Observer review of the novel.

Run by the Mystery Writers of America, the Edgars, named for Edgar Allan Poe, have been running for over 60 years, with the best novel prize won in the past by Patricia Highsmith, John le Carré and Raymond Chandler.

“Well, on the minus side I didn’t win the Edgar award – some young ruffian called Stephen King did. On the plus side … I got to meet Mr King,” tweeted Rankin after King’s win. The Scottish writer had been shortlisted for “Saints of the Shadow Bible,” part of his series of crime novels about the detective John Rebus. Neville, shortlisted for “The Final Silence,” in which a woman discovers a catalogue of victims in her late uncle’s house, wrote on Twitter: “I didn’t win the Edgar, but I got to meet @StephenKing, who was very gracious in tolerating my fawning.”

The best first novel by an American author award went to “Dry Bones in the Valley” by Tom Bouman. Gillian Flynn, author of “Gone Girl,” took the best short story prize for “What Do You Do,” from the Rogues anthology. The ceremony also saw James Ellroy and Lois Duncan named grand masters, an honor the Mystery Writers of America says represents “the pinnacle of achievement in mystery writing”.

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Beach Reads 2015 ~ Show June 6 and 7


“Finder’s Keepers” by Stephen King
“Radiant Angel” by Nelson DeMille
“My Sunshine Away” by M.O. Walsh
“Cash Landing” by James Grippando
“Inside the O’Briens” by Lisa Genova
“The Road to Character” by David Brooks
“The Year I Met You” by Cecelia Ahern

Nelson DeMille, Author

A first look at “beach reads” for your early summer enjoyment – everything from Stephen King’s newest to “chick lit” titles worth your time. Elaine speaks with Nelson DeMille, who’s back with another great John Corey adventure, “Radiant Angel.”

Stephen King Calls On Maine Governor To Apologize


Stephen King is calling on Maine Gov. Paul LePage to “man up and apologize” for accusing the famed novelist of leaving the state to avoid paying income taxes. LePage made the accusations during a weekly radio address. King is a … Continue reading


James Franco, who got his start on 1999’s cult-favorite TV show Freaks and Geeks, is set to return to the small screen. He’ll star as Jake Epping in the Hulu original series 11/22/63, based on Stephen King’s 2011 novel.

Described as “part thriller, part love story,” the series follows the life of a high school English teacher enlisted in a time travel plot to prevent the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Franco shouldn’t have trouble finding inspiration for his teacher role – the actor is currently teaching courses at UCLA, CAL ARTS and USC.

J.J. Abrams’s Bad Robot Productions is producing the nine-hour series. Craig Erwich, Hulu’s Senior Vice President, Head of Content, wrote on the site’s blog: “This direct-to-series order marks a monumental deal for Hulu as we partner with J.J. Abrams and Stephen King, two of the most celebrated storytellers of our time.

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Bestselling Books Of 2014

We’ve all seen the critics’ lists for their top picks of 2014, but which books actually sold the most? Here is the Nielsen BookScan list of 2014’s Adult Top Bestselling Titles:
1. “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn
2. “Gray Mountain” by John Grisham
3. “Orphan Train” by Christina Baker Kline
4. “The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt
5. “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee
6. “Sycamore Row” by John Grisham
7. “Revival” by Stephen King
8. “Fifty Shades of Grey” by E.L. James
9. “Inferno” by Dan Brown
10. “The Invention of Wings” by Sue Monk Kidd
1. “Killing Patton” by O’Reilly/Dugard
2. “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young
3. “Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand
4. “Strengths Finder 2.0” by Tom Rath
5. “Make it Ahead” by Ina Garten
6. “A Portrait of My Father” by George W. Bush
7. “Heaven is for Real” by Todd Burpo
8. “The Boys in the Boat” by Daniel James Brown
9. “Guinness World Records 2015”
10. “The Five Love Languages” by Gary Chapman

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It is a golden age for book writers in Hollywood.

Take the holiday season’s movies and awards contenders. The most anticipated are adapted: Laura Hillenbrand’s (No. 10) Unbroken, Suzanne Collins’ (No. 12) The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part I, Cheryl Strayed’s Wild (scripted by No. 19 Nick Hornby) and the third installment of The Hobbit.

Authors are exerting more clout than ever, from Gillian Flynn (No. 7) scripting her Gone Girl adaptation to EL James’ (No. 4) close involvement in Fifty Shades of Grey. Still others have had a profound influence on Hollywood’s tastes, with everyone wanting to make the next Game of Thrones, by George R.R. Martin (No. 3). And then there’s J.K. Rowling (No. 1): No single creator has had so much influence on a megafranchise since George Lucas and the original Star Wars trilogy. Authors are taking advantage of new outlets as well, with James Patterson (No. 8) developing his YA series Maximum Ride for YouTube and Stephen King’s (No. 2) 11/22/63 being adapted for Hulu.

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New Works From Old Masters ~ Show December 6 and 7


“Revival” by Stephen King
“Flesh and Blood” by Patricia Cornwell
“Some Luck” by Jane Smiley
“Desert God” by Wilbur Smith
“Leaving Time” by Jodi Picoult
“Bones Never Lie” by Kathy Reichs
“Beautiful You” by Chuck Palahniuk

Patricia Cornwell, author

A spotlight on new works from Old Masters. All around the publishing world, the names we often reach for are out with new titles. Elaine shares the highlights, and speaks with Patricia Cornwell about “Flesh and Blood.”

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