Stephen King asks Bridgton to nix festival

Posted May 18, 2011, at 7:42 a.m.
Last modified May 19, 2011, at 9:51 a.m.
Author Stephen King reads from his book &quotUr" at a news conference in New York in 2009. The town of Bridgton has canceled plans for a festival in the writer's honor.
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Author Stephen King reads from his book "Ur" at a news conference in New York in 2009. The town of Bridgton has canceled plans for a festival in the writer's honor.

BRIDGTON, Maine — The town has scuttled plans to hold a literary festival celebrating former resident Stephen King after the author himself requested Bridgton not go through with the event, according to a report from WGME CBS 13. Bridgton economic development director Alan Manoian, who had supported the plan, had scheduled a first meeting on the idea for June 1 at the town office.

The Sun Journal newspaper said highlights of the festival could have included guided tours to locations featured in some of King’s books, including the Food City grocery store featured in King’s book “The Mist.”

King now has a home in Bangor.

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