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Kingcast 2.10: Collecting (my thoughts) with Kevin Waters

Episode 2.10 is the first of a periodic series I hope to have on the show that I’ll call “The Collectors.” I’m interested in the phenomenon of collecting, and particularly of Stephen King collectors. My first guest on this segment is Kevin Waters, who has what is to my mind a pretty awesome collection of Kingiana. We chatted for about 30 minutes, and you’ll find some of his favourite items in the photo gallery. Enjoy!

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The Library Policeman ain’t what he used to be.

"The Library Policeman", by illustrator "The House of Ideas" on Deviantart

“The Library Policeman”, by illustrator “The House of Ideas” on Deviantart

Apparently, Stephen King books are not only bestsellers, but best-stealers too. At least that’s what a Toronto Star report about the Toronto Public Library would have us believe.

The Star uncovered numbers about books that get borrowed but never returned to the Toronto Public Library, North America’s largest library system.

The good news for lovers of books and of libraries is that the 100,000 items not returned make up a tiny percentage of the books owned and circulated —  99.84 per cent of the books loaned are returned.

And it’s probably not surprising that children’s authors are at the top of the list, with the top three being Robert Munsch, Dr. Seuss, and Geronimo Stilton (who I have never heard of).

Our own Uncle Stevie ends up in fifth place. Only James Patterson disappears more frequently from the Toronto library system than King. After King come Eric Jerome Dickey (Wanted Woman), Jeff Kinney (Diary of a Wimpy Kid), Mashashi Kishimoto (Naruto), and Shakespeare. Danielle Steel is last on the top-10 list. One fervently hopes that her books are being stolen to spare other readers from the experience.

Apparently, the Library Policeman must still be trying to get the better of that ball of Twizzlers.


Kingcast 2.5 — movie news, crowdfunding, and a little more Finders Keepers

Episode 2.5 of the Kingcast has news about the new production of IT, filming on 11/22/63, some mail from Denmark, and the second part of my capsule review of Finders Keepers.

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Jackie Lawrence of Kitchener, ON sent me some pictures from the set of 11/22/63, currently filming in Southern Ontario. Where is that, you ask?

Right here:


And here are Jackie’s photos from the set. Looking pretty good!





Show notes:

2:00 — feedback from Mikkel Birkegaard in Denmark

6:00 — talk of adaptations of It and 11/22/63, one production troubled and one production underway.

18:00 — don’t forget about the Patreon campaign! A dollar or two from you and there’s nothing we can’t do!

20:00 — Part two analyzing Finders Keepers.

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Jackie Lawrence on Twitter

We got it covered on It

11/22/63 news from Deadline Hollywood (after recording, I see that character actor Nick Searcy — most recently in Justified — has been cast as Deke Simmons. GOOD CHOICE.)

Patreon crowdfunding campaign for The Kingcast!



Episode 2.4 – Well, now I’ve gone and done it.

A very brief episode today with some news about the podcast.

I’ve decided that it’s time to launch a crowdfunding campaign for the podcast, and I’m hoping you’ll help.

You can learn more by listening to the podcast, or by visiting the campaign page.

What can you do?

  • You can contribute. A small amount per month is all it takes to make a big difference in the podcast. You can learn more about what the money can do, and patrons will be able to see exactly where their money is going.
  • You can spread the word. If you’re on Twitter, Facebook, etc., and you like this idea, please pass it on. The more people who hear about it the better.


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