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The PARADE Magazine that accompanied today’s Los Angeles Times featured an interview that Ken Tucker conducted with Stephen King on the subject of books and reading. The interview includes a little bit of everything — King’s summer reading list, favorite books, reading experiences with his now-grown children (as kids, he had them  read books into a tape recorder — and paid them $10 per cassette — so he could listen to the books while driving or walking), and his belief that “if you can read in the 21st century, you own the world…because you learn to write from reading.”

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In the article, King also takes time to promote his latest book — JOYLAND, which has been described as a PG-13 mystery novel — set for a June 4, 2013 release. Here’s the book description from Amazon.comSet in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever.

King is holding off releasing JOYLAND as an e-book because he loved paperbacks as a kid and “folks who want to read it will have to buy the actual book.” His move should also help drive readers to traditional bookstores to pick up a copy. But for online book buyers, you can find the 288-page novel for just $7.77 at Amazon.com.

Photo: Stephen King, as featured in PARADE magazine.