Colette Bancroft

BRADENTON — When bestselling and beloved authors John Grisham and Stephen King sat down together on stage Tuesday night to talk about the writing life, King kicked it off by asking Grisham, “What is the question you get asked the most, so I don’t ask it?”

They agreed on the question dreaded by successful authors everywhere: “Where do you get your ideas?”

“I tell them I go to the author idea website,” Grisham cracked.

“Utica,” King countered. “I tell people I go to the used ideas store in Utica.”

It was clear the authors were enjoying themselves, relaxed in front of a sold-out crowd at the Neel Performing Arts Hall at the State College of Florida. The event was a fundraiser for the Manatee County Library Foundation — one that, as foundation head Jane Plitt delightedly announced in her introduction, “smashed our goal” by raising more than $200,000 for literacy programs.

Continue reading about the Stephen King and John Grisham event at the Bradenton Herald website.