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Here's how to see Stephen King and Owen King in Sarasota (it's complicated)



Sleeping Beauties, the new novel co-written by horror master Stephen King and his son Owen King, comes out Sept. 26, and the authors are hitting the book tour route.

The good news is that one of their stops will be in Sarasota, on Oct. 6. The bad news is that getting a ticket requires following more instructions than building an Ikea bookcase big enough to hold all of the elder King's books.

The Kings will speak and take questions from the audience at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 6 at the Selby Public Library, 1331 First St., Sarasota. But to have any chance of getting one of the 400 seats at the event, you'll need to be ready to email a reservation request this Friday morning.

Starting at 8 a.m.on Aug. 25 (and not a minute before then), the Barnes & Noble in Sarasota will begin acepting reservation requests. Send your email to, with "King Event Reservation Request" in the subject line and your full name and phone number in the body of the email. A separate email is required for each admission wristband. Each wristband will admit one adult and one minor. No phone calls for reservations will be accepted.

If your request is accepted, you will receive a confirmation from Barnes & Noble within 48 hours.

Then, just sit back and wait until Oct. 6, when the rest of the instructions kick in.

On the day of the event, print out a hard copy of your reservation confirmation and go to the Barnes & Noble at 4010 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. It will open at 8 a.m. that day. With your confirmation, you can buy one presigned copy of Sleeping Beauties ($32.50 plus tax) and receive your wristband for entry to the event.

Then head for Selby Library, where the doors will open at 5 p.m., with seating first come, first seated. The Kings will NOT  be signing after their talk, and photos will not be allowed.



[Last modified: Tuesday, August 22, 2017 4:14pm]


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