From the Herald Tribune:

BRADENTON - In a casual conversation sprinkled with humor (and the occasional four-letter word), author Stephen King captivated a full house at the Manatee Performing Arts Center Thursday night, sharing insider jokes and insights into what has made him a best-selling author for more than 40 years.

“I'm a little bit puzzled by the success that I've had,” King told the crowd who had paid $200 and up for a seat at the Manatee Library Foundation's annual author event.

So popular was King with the local audience that tickets sold out in three weeks, raising $100,000 for the foundation.

His easy-going demeanor is a different persona from Stephen King the writer, he said.

“There is a mystery about this job,” he said. “The man who wrote those books is not here because he does not do public. He sent me instead.”

King, who with his wife, Tabitha, spends four months of the year on Casey Key, is well known for his support of libraries, which played a crucial role in his childhood in Maine, where the Bookmobile opened up the world to him.

“Libraries were a lifeline for me,” he said, “for my wife who lived in a little town, and I who lived way out in the country; I was hungry for books.”

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UPDATE:  Video now available.

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