NEWS - KING IN EUROPE 2013
Here is a video Heyne (King's German Publisher) released today. It's from King's visit there (I was in Hamburg) and the new book.
Thanks to Hans
Here are a recording of King's Reading in Munich.
Thanks to Herbert West
Here is the official recording of King's reading in Paris.
Thanks to Herbert West
The day started in Sweden the morning of November 20. To get to the airport there was a 2 hour drive. Then a little more than an hour on the plane and then another hour by bus and I was in Hamburg, Germany. I was there to see and meet Stephen King. It would be my second time to meeting him face to face. The first time was in London 2006 at a publishing party. This time I was invited by King’s German publisher, Heyne, to attend a Meet & Greet followed by a reading.
The Meet & Greet attendees were supposed to be at the CCH (Congress Center Hamburg) no later than 6.30PM. If you were late there was no guarantee that you would get to meet King. I was there in good time and so were the others. No one wanted to take the risk of not getting to meet King. Upon arrival we got a wristband, the ticket to the reading and a name tag to wear to the Meet & Greet. Then we waited. At 6.30 we were escorted backstage where we were supposed to meet King in less than 30 minutes. While we waited we got snacks and drinks and some ate and some were way too nervous to even think about food.
I also got to meet a lot of people who saw my name on the nametag and recognized my last name and its connection to Lilja's Library. I had spoken to most of them but didn't recognize them until they approached me. And I’m so glad they did. It was a lot of fun put a face to an email address or a name. I didn't get all of your contact information but please don't be strangers. I'd love to talk to you more about King and the Meet & Greet. I also met some people from Heyne that I had also previously only spoken to through email and I was very happy to meet them in person and to get a chance to thank them.
And then it was time. King was about to enter and you could almost feel the tension in the room. People were looking in the direction from where we thought he would come, looking at each other with nervous smiles on our faces and then all of a sudden he was there. In the flesh.
King started with walking around shaking everybody’s hands (some girls got hugs) before he stopped at the table where he would stand (it was the kind of table you stand by) so that we could all come up to him, say hi, get our books signed and shake his hand. Because he was running a few minutes late it was decided that he wouldn't dedicate any of the books but just sign his name. And then people started to approach him.
And I must say that King really is a natural at these things. He seems so relaxed and friendly and had a few words for everyone, posing for photos, shaking hands and so on. When it was my time I decided to get the German copy of Doctor Sleep signed. I had brought the Swedish edition of The Dark Tower 7 as well but since this was in Germany and since it was because of Doctor Sleep we were here I decided that that book would be a better memory. King signed it and when I asked for a photo he said “Of course”.
I had asked my friend Anders to take the photo but at the same time the hired photographer that took photos during the entire event also took our photo which resulted in King looking at him and me at Anders. I did notice this though so I asked if he would take one more looking into the same camera and he agreed. Turned out to be a great photo. Then I shook his hand thanking him and that also got caught on photo. And my time was up.
The signings and photo taking continued until King finally said he soon had to go and that he would only sign a few more. And since I saw that people were starting to queue all over again with a second book I thought “well, I also have a second book…”. So I put my Swedish Dark Tower 7 on the table. King signed it and said “OK, that's it. Thank you all” and left. The Meet & Greet was over but we had all enjoyed it and now we had a reading to attend.
We were let in first of all and had great seats reserved (thanks again Heyne). Fifth row center aisle just in front of King. Couldn’t have been much better. The reading lasted for about an hour and forty-five minutes and again I was struck by how natural all this seems to King. He joked, talked, read and answered questions like he'd done it all his life. Most of the talk was about Doctor Sleep but King also talked about and idea he got while experiencing the traffic in Paris. The car he was riding in stopped for a traffic light and he was looking over at the people in the car next to him. So close but still they had no idea he was there. It was a totally different universe even though it was just a few feet away from him. He asked if we wanted to hear a story and the entire audience roared a ”YES” and King continued ”This is like pissing a good story out on the ground. Usually they're better if they just stay inside but I just love this concept.” and then he told us the idea.
Besides King we also got to listen to the German audio book narrator David Nathan who read a bit from Doctor Sleep. I didn’t understand much of what he read but he had a great voice for narrating books. We were also told that he is Johnny Depp’s voice when he is dubbed into German.
The night was over and with two signed books and a great memory I returned to the hotel. It was a great event and Heyne arranged it very well. Thanks to you and to King off course!
King at Markus Lanz on German TV November 21.
And after King left in a Porsche.
King talks about Doctor Sleep at the press conference in Hamburg.
Here is a video from King's visit to Ramstein Air Base
Here are some photos from King's visiti to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, The USO Warrior Center at Ramstein Air Base on November 18, 2013. More photos can be found here.
Here is a clip from the Hamburg reading. It's not the entire thing though.
Thanks to Herbert West Posted: November 21, 2013, 21:23:49
Here are some photos from last night in Hamburg and the TV show he attended for German TV.
During the reading in Hamburg, Germany yesterday King asked us if we wanted to hear a new story that he got the inspiration to while driving in Paris. The entire audience roared a ”YES” and King continued ”This is like pissing a good story out on the ground. Usually they're better if they just stay inside but I just love this concept.” and then he told us the idea.
So here's this guy who fly into La Guardia airport and his plane is late and he goes down to get his luggage and his luggage is of course the last one off the plane and the thing is he's coming to New York because although he's married he has a mistress and he told his wife his going to be home tomorrow but he's been detained on business. So he's all ready and gearing to go when he has all these things holding him back. So the plane is late, luggage is last, he goes out to the taxi, his at the end of the queue and he finally gets a cab and he goes into New York. As the cab pulls up next to another car he looks into it and sees a woman and a man sitting there and as he looks the man takes a razor out of his jacket and cuts the woman’s throat. Well, what does this guy do now? I don't know...
The public roared with laughter and when asked if this really was a story he was thinking about writing King said it's still in his head and so far nothing’s been written down but you never know. I for one though is looking forward to see where all this ends… Posted: November 20, 2013, 22:54:52
Today I was at a Meet & Greet with Stephen King.
I got two books signed (German Doctor Sleep and Swedish Dark Tower 7)
I got to shake the masters hand.
And a photo.
Thanks to King and everyone at Heyne who made this possible. Posted: November 20, 2013, 22:51:48
Here are two photos from King's reading in Hamburg tonight. He read, joked and told us about a new story that he got the idea to when he was in Paris. More info about that tomorrow...
Here are two photos one from yesterday's reading and the other from today's press conference in Hamburg.
Here are a few photos from King's reading in München.
King did a Meet & Greet in München
King visits his German Publisher Heyne Verlag.
King has landed in Germany. Here is a photo from a reading at the Warrior Center earlier today.
Here are some photos from the Le Grand Rex.
Thanks to Jana Simkova Posted: November 17, 2013, 22:19:02
Here is a recording of Stephen King at Le Grand Rex Novebmer 16, 2013
King did his last public event in France today when he did a reading at the Grand Rex. This is what meet the guests as they arrived. Books, books and even more books. Some of them signed.
Here is a photo from the event.
Thanks to club-stephenking.fr Posted: November 15, 2013, 10:32:48
Here is King on the TV show La Grande Librairie.
Either King has become very good in French or someone is translating what's said to him very fast. Posted: November 14, 2013, 15:45:05
French King interview.
Here is a photo from King's interview with j'ai Lu.
Here are some more photos from the signing yesterday.
Here are some clips from the signing today.
A clip of King signing that at first can look quite boring but if you keep looking you will see how King takes his time with every fan, saying something, shaking a hand or two...despite the many signatures he did today.
Here is how long the line was.
King arriving at the signing.
Here are more photos from King's signing today in Paris that I found online.
Another photo from the signing. Not sure how many of the fans got their books signed or if it's over yet... I do want one of those shirts though...
King is signing...
According to King's facebook site there were over 3,000 fans in line for the signing...
And here are the entire press conference.
Here is a first clip from King at the press Conference yesterday. You can also see some great photos of King here.
The Telegraph writes about King's visit to Paris.
Things are moving fast now. People at the site are guessing that there is about 500 in line now and you really need to hurry if you're planing on gonig.
Thanks to Mirjam Jonkman-Zwiggelaar who's right there in line. Posted: November 13, 2013, 09:35:49
A live update from the signing in Paris (still 3,5 hours away) is that it's about 300 people there so far. If King signes about 4 books per minute and signes for 2 hours he'll be able to do about 500 books. There is still time in other words if you want to meet the King but you better hurry...
About 75-100 fans is already (12 hours before it starts) waiting in line to get their books signed by King.
Here is an article about King's press Conference in Paris today.Posted: November 12, 2013, 16:41:54
One more photos from the press conference in Paris.
Stephen at the press conference in Paris.
Those of you going to King's signing tomorrow, here is where you'll meet him...
King is in Europe. Here is his schedule. Do know about other appearances? Let me know.
November 12 (France):
- European press conference about 22/11/63 and Doctor Sleep.
November 13 (France):
- Book signing between 1.00 and 3.00PM at Mk2 Library, 128-162 Avenue de France, 75013 Paris, France. This is the only King will do during his visit.
- Exclusive interview report to JT 20h TF1
November 14 (France):
- Show "The Great Library, Special Stephen King." Live at 20:40 on France 5.
November 15 (France):
- 7-9am France Inter: Stephen King will be invited to the 7-9am show. According Telerama Stephen King participate in 8:20.
- The Mov. The radio announced Mov ': Stephen King will present live radio The Mov', Friday, Nov. 15, from 12 to 15h. It will be a special show in public, hosted by Thomas Rozec. There will be some listeners who will register on a registration form online. It will soon be online. You can ask questions on Twitter via the hashtag # KingLeMouv and possibly also by phone.
November 16 (France):
- Reading at 8:30 p.m. at the Grand Rex. Room capacity = 2800 people. During the evening, Stephen King will give a reading of his work, and a session of Questions / Answers to the public. And debate. Presented by Augustin Trappenard in the presence of Maxime Chattam.
November 19 (Germany):
- Stephen will appear at Krimifestival in Munich, Germany. Stephen will speak, read from his work and do a Q&A session after the program.
November 20 (Germany):
- Stephen will appear at the Harbour Front Literature Festival in Hamburg. He will speak, read from his work and do a Q&A session after the program.