Library of Congress to Honor Stephen King at 2016 National Book Festival

The New England author will open the festival's main stage.

Stephen King is going to Washington.

The Library of Congress announced on Tuesday that the famed New England author will be honored at the 2016 National Book Festival in Washington D.C. this fall.

King will be on hand to open the festival’s main stage as well as to partake in a special presentation by the Library that will recognize his decades of work promoting literacy.

The festivities will take place on Saturday, September 24, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The presentation for King is expected to be packed, which is why an electronic ticketing system will be instituted for the author’s appearance.

“Due to Stephen King’s popularity, we anticipate the volume of interest will exceed seating capacity,” festival co-director Guy Lamolinara said in a statement. “A ticketed process will make for the most orderly and fair opportunity for Mr. King’s fans to see this presentation.”

Tickets to King’s presentation are free and will be issued through the Library’s website starting on Wednesday, September 14. The festival’s other events will not require tickets.

In addition to King, other famous faces that are scheduled to appear include Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Shonda Rhimes, Bob Woodward, Raina Telgemeier, and Salman Rushdie.

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