From the Herald Tribune:
Prolific horror writer Stephen King is expected to fill an auditorium with his fans this fall for a fundraising event to benefit Manatee County's public libraries.
The Manatee Library Foundation announced this morning that King, a seasonal resident of Casey Key, agreed to donate his services for a Jan. 29 lecture at the Manatee Performing Arts Center in Bradenton.
The foundation hopes to raise $100,000 toward a new operating system to manage the libraries' acquisition, cataloging and circulation data.
“We knew we needed a very special event,” if it is to reach that fundraising goal, Foundation President Jane Plitt said.
The foundation previously said that it would wait until this morning's news conference to identify the “internationally acclaimed writer” it had booked for that event.
“It's been a really tough secret to keep,” Library Services Manager Ava Ehde said.
Tickets on sale for the Manatee event on November 1st.
Sponsorship deals available now, for $200 and up. The $2500 and up sponsorships come with a VIP reception with King (6 or more tickets included).