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Building Bridges: Stephen King Live at the National Book Awards
Building Bridges: Stephen King Live at the National Book Awards
Building Bridges: Stephen King Live at the National Book Awards
Audiobook30 minutes

Building Bridges: Stephen King Live at the National Book Awards

Written by Stephen King

Narrated by Stephen King

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Stephen King Live at the National Book Awards
Each Autumn, in conjunction with the conferring of The National Book Awards in Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People's Literature, the Board of Directors of the Foundation presents a Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. The recipient is a person who has enriched our literary heritage over a life of service, or a corpus of work. The 2003 recipient of this distinguished award was presented to one of the great voices of American literature -- Stephen King.
King accepts the award with grace and wit. His acceptance speech is filled with loving thanks to his wife Tabitha and with a passionate appreciation of his craft. King reflects on bridging the gap between literary and popular writers as well as staying true to his work and to himself over the many years. He concludes his speech by saluting all the nominees and with his sincerest hope that "you'll find something to read that will fill you up as this evening has filled me up."
100% of publisher and author profits from Building Bridges will be donated to the National Book Foundation.
Release dateAug 1, 2004
Building Bridges: Stephen King Live at the National Book Awards

Stephen King

Stephen King is the author of more than sixty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes Fairy Tale, Billy Summers, If It Bleeds, The Institute, Elevation, The Outsider, Sleeping Beauties (cowritten with his son Owen King), and the Bill Hodges trilogy: End of Watch, Finders Keepers, and Mr. Mercedes (an Edgar Award winner for Best Novel and a television series streaming on Peacock). His novel 11/22/63 was named a top ten book of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller. His epic works The Dark Tower, It, Pet Sematary, and Doctor Sleep are the basis for major motion pictures, with It now the highest-grossing horror film of all time. He is the recipient of the 2020 Audio Publishers Association Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2018 PEN America Literary Service Award, the 2014 National Medal of Arts, and the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.

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    Hearing Stephen King speak about writing, and about his family, for any length of time and in any context, is always a deeply insightful delight. While this may be a short piece, it's very on-point, and a deeply touching tribute to both his wife and the craft of writing as a whole. The love that this man has for his family, his fellow writers, and the craft that he has devoted his life to, is very clear. Stephen King is one of the few people in the world who would be completely justified getting a big head in his profession, but instead he stands up to accept an award and is just like "My wife is amazing, you all are amazing, and have you read these other guys I've been following? Because, seriously folks, they're great." I love the humility and the passion he shows here, and the way that he clearly knows that he not only didn't make it alone, but that there are other equally or more skilled writers following in his footsteps. This is definitely a speech worth taking a half-hour to listen to.

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