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stephen king

Stephen King

Stephen King was born in Portland, Maine in 1947, the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. He made his first professional short story sale in 1967 to Startling Mystery Stories. In the fall of 1971, he began teaching high school English classes at Hampden Academy, the public high school in Hampden, Maine. Writing in the evenings and on the weekends, he continued to produce short stories and to work on novels. In the spring of 1973, Doubleday & Co. accepted thenovel Carrie for publication, providing him the means to leave teaching and write full-time. He has since published over 50 books and has become one of the world’s most successful writers. King is the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to the American Letters and the 2014 National Medal of Arts.Stephen lives in Maine and Florida with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.  They are regular contributors to a number of charities including many libraries and have been honored locally for their philanthropic activities.

david e. kelley

David E. Kelley

Multi-award-winning writer/producer David E. Kelley is the mind behind some of America’s most distinctive television series. As creator of the Emmy, Peabody and Golden Globe Award-winning shows Boston Legal,The Practice, and Ally McBeal, the critically acclaimed dramatic series Boston Publicand Chicago Hope, and the multiple-award-winning drama series Picket Fences, Kelley’s writing and executive-producing style continue to intrigue television viewing audiences.His latest projects include the adaptation of Liane Moriarty’s book Big Little Lies, which has received multiple awards including the Emmy for Outstanding Limited Series, the critically acclaimed adaptation of Stephen King’s Mr. Mercedesand the drama series Goliath.Kelley was an attorney practicing law in Boston before venturing into the world of entertainment. While still a lawyer, he wrote the feature film From the Hip, which earned the attention of L.A. Law co-creator Steven Bochco. He joined L.A. Lawas a writer in 1986, quickly climbing the ranksto producer. After Bochco’s departure, Kelley earned five Emmy Awards as a producer and writer, as well as 13 Emmy nominations. L.A. Law won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series four out of the five seasons inwhich Kelley participated. In addition, Kelley earned five nominations from the Writers Guild of America. Following L.A. Law, he co-created the popular series Doogie Howser, M.D.Born in Waterville, Maine, Kelley graduated from Princeton University in 1979, where he served as captain of the hockey team. He received his law degree from the Boston University School of Law in 1983. Kelley’s background in law has greatly influenced his storytelling and ability to create thought-provoking television that resonates with viewers across the world.


Jack Bender

Jack has directed multiple episodes of Alias, Carnivàleand The Sopranos.  As executive producer/director, Jack Bender was one of the lead creative forces behind the worldwide hit show Lost. Under his direction, Lostwon Best Drama Series at the 57th Annual Emmy Awards and the Golden Globes. He has been nominated numerous times for both DGA and Emmy Awards. Jack executive produced and directed the CBS hit Under the Domebased on Stephen King’s novel. He executive produced and directed the first two seasons of Michael Bay’s The Last Ship. Most recently, Jack directed two episodes of the phenomenon Game of Thronesfor which he was again nominated by the DGA and Emmys. He directed the pilot of Mr. Mercedes, plus the majority of the episodes while serving as executive producer on  the series, which is going into its third season. He is also currently an executive producer on The Outsiderfor HBO.A lifetime painter, Jack’s art/story book,The Elephant in the Room, was published in 2015.

dennis lehane

Dennis Lehane

Dennis Lehane grew up in Boston. Since his first novel, A Drink Before the War, won the Shamus Award, he has published twelve more novels that have been translated into more than 30 languages and become international bestsellers: Darkness, Take My Hand; Sacred; Gone, Baby, Gone; Prayers for Rain; Mystic River; Shutter Island; The Given Day; Moonlight Mile; Live by Night; and World Gone By. His most recent work is a stand-alone novel, Since We Fell.

Four of his novels – Live by Night, Mystic River, Gone, Baby, Gone, and Shutter Island – have been adapted into films. A fifth, The Drop, was adapted by Lehane himself into a film starring Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, and James Gandolfini in his final role. Lehane was a staff writer on the acclaimed HBO series The Wire and also worked as a writer-producer on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire and the Netflix series, Bloodline. Lehane currently is a writer and producer on the television adaptation of Stephen King’s Mr. Mercedes.

Lehane was born and raised in Dorchester, Massachusetts. Before becoming a full-time writer, he worked as a counselor with mentally handicapped and abused children, waited tables, parked cars, drove limos, worked in bookstores, and loaded tractor-trailers. Lehane and his family live in California.