“The Wavedancer Benefit: A Tribute to Frank Muller” by Stephen King, Pat Conroy, John Grisham & Peter Straub (Simon & Schuster Audio, 2002)

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Last year a special man was involved in a tragic motorcycle accident where he sustained terrible injuries.  His name was Frank Muller and he was one of the most renowned audiobook readers in the country.  On February 2nd, Stephen King, Pat Conroy, John Grisham, and Peter Straub gathered together for a unique reading at New York’s Town Hall, in honor of the Wavedancer Foundation, a charity specially created for Frank Muller.

John Grisham kicks off the evening, engaging the audience with his southern drawl, and reads an excerpt from his latest novel, The Summons.  He is followed by Peter Straub, who reads from his own latest novel, written in collaboration with Stephen King, Black House.  Then Stephen King announces that he was also going to be reading from Black House, but decided to read a short story that apparently always brought Frank Muller to tears of laughter; the story is “The Revenge of Lardass Hogan.”  It involves a pie-eating contest.  Finally, Pat Conroy closes the night, soliloquizing on the art of writing in the most entertaining and hilarious manner.

All in all, a fabulous night to remember, and for those of use who could not make it there, it is now available in audiobook format for us to enjoy.  All proceeds from the purchasing of this audiobook go to the Wavedancer Foundation.

Originally published on October 14th, 2002.

Originally published in the Long Beach Union.

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