King says no to festival

BRIDGTON – A plan to create a festival based on the work of Stephen King may have hit a snag too fearsome to overcome: The  author himself has asked Bridgton town officials to drop the idea, the Bangor Daily News reported Wednesday night.

Alan Manoian, Bridgton's director of economic and community development, had only begun to discuss the plan this week. His idea was to create a 'literary heritage festival' to celebrate King's work. A story about the plan appeared in the Sun Journal on Wednesday.

But according to the Bangor newspaper, King expressed his opposition to the proposal and Bridgton town officials scuttled the idea.

Attempts to reach the bestselling author Wednesday night were not successful.

What do you think of this story?

Login to post comments

In order to make comments, you must create a subscription.

In order to comment on, you must hold a valid subscription allowing access to this website. You must use your real name and include the town in which you live in your profile. To subscribe or link your existing subscription click here.

Login or create an account here.

Our policy prohibits comments that are:

  • Defamatory, abusive, obscene, racist, or otherwise hateful
  • Excessively foul and/or vulgar
  • Inappropriately sexual
  • Baseless personal attacks or otherwise threatening
  • Contain illegal material, or material that infringes on the rights of others
  • Commercial postings attempting to sell a product/item
If you violate this policy, your comment will be removed and your account may be banned from posting comments.



Michael Hobbs's picture

Who cares? I love King's work

Who cares? I love King's work as much as the next person, but if he doesn't want a festival to honor his work, then oh well. If it is because of LePage, again who cares, King doesn't have any political clout.

Terry Donald's picture

Because of LePage

King is so embarrassed by his connection with Maine and then current leadership and political climate here that he does not even want to be celebrated for his successes here. King is a great author, an incredible philanthropist, and now using his position to swing a little political clout


Stay informed — Get the news delivered for free in your inbox.

I'm interested in ...