Stephen King coming to Wichita

Stephen King coming to Wichita


What: Stephen King Presents Revival
When: Friday, Nov. 14, 6 p.m.
Where: Eugene M. Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 5015 E. 29th St. N. (29th and Oliver)
How much: $33.22 (includes a copy of the book)

International best-selling author Stephen King is including Wichita in his six-city book tour to support his latest novel, Revival.

Watermark Books & Cafe, in partnership with Wichita State University, will host the New York Times bestselling author on Friday, Nov. 14, at WSU's Eugene M. Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 5015 E. 29th St. N. (29th and Oliver). King's presentation will begin at 6 p.m. Doors will open at 5 p.m.

King will be taking questions from the audience but not signing books. King will pre-sign a limited number of copies of Revival, which will be distributed randomly along with other first edition copies of the book to ticket holders at the end of the event.

Seating is general admission, and after Lowe Auditorium is filled the two overflow rooms will be used. Tickets are limited to four per person.

Within the Hughes Metroplex, the event will take place in the Lowe Auditorium, and the two overflow rooms will be set up with a live audio/visual feed.

Tickets for the event are $31 ($33.22 with tax) and include a copy of King's newest novel, Revival. Tickets are available in-store at Watermark Books & Cafe, 4701 E. Douglas, or online at

The other five stops on the tour are Nov. 11 in New York City; Nov. 12 in Washington, D.C.; Nov. 13 in Kansas City, Mo.; Nov. 15 in Austin; and Nov. 17 in South Portland, Maine.

King's visit to Wichita will come about a month after the cinematic release of A Good Marriage, a movie based on his novella of the same name. The movie is due out Oct. 3 and stars Joan Allen and Anthony LaPaglia. The novella is part of the "Full Dark, No Stars" collection and was inspired by Wichita's notorious BTK killer, Dennis Rader or, rather, his wife Paula. King wrote in the afterward of his collection that, while many Wichitans couldn't believe that Paula Rader didn't know that her husband of 34 years had gone on a 16 year killing spree, he did believe. "I did believe — I do believe — and I wrote this story to explore what might happen in such a case if the wife suddenly found out about her husband's awful hobby. I also wrote it to explore the idea that it's impossible to fully know anyone, even those we love the most."