Library of Congress to recognize Stephen King for his lifelong work

The Maine native will appear at the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C., along with authors Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Shonda Rhimes, and Bob Woodward.

American author Stephen King poses for photographers on November 13, 2013 in Paris, before a book signing event dedicated to the release of his new book "Doctor Sleep", the sequel to his 1977 novel "The Shining". The best-selling author has written over 50 novels and sold 350 million copies worldwide. AFP PHOTO / KENZO TRIBOUILLARD (Photo credit should read KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images) -- 12King Kenzo Tribouillard / AFP / Getty Images

Stephen King—Maine native, horror author, and hater of Fenway’s “protective netting”—will get a new title this fall: Library of Congress honoree.

King is set to open the main stage of the 2016 Library of Congress National Book Festival in Washington, D.C., where the Library will recognize the author for his lifelong work promoting literacy, according to a release.

Since his first published novel, Carrie, in 1974, King has written more than 50 novels and hundreds of short stories, according to his website.

The festival takes place Saturday, September 24. Authors Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Shonda Rhimes, Bob Woodward, Raina Telgemeier, and Salman Rushdie will also appear on the main stage.


King’s presentation will kick off at 11 a.m. that day. Tickets are free through the Library of Congress website and are available starting September 14; the Library warns they’ll probably sell out fast.

See the preliminary list of authors, poets, and illustrators to appear at the 2016 festival here.



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