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Stephen King's June 8 visit inspires renamed Sewickley businesses, $600 tickets

| Thursday, June 2, 2016, 8:09 p.m.

No, this isn't the Chester's Mill Democrat newspaper.

And the Rite Aid across the street from the newspaper office isn't Central Street Drug Store.

But a Stephen King fan can dream.

In celebration of King's June 8 visit to Sewickley Academy hosted by Penguin Bookshop, Meghan Snatchko — a librarian at Sewickley Public Library and a fan of the author — created a map using Sewickley and neighboring communities and renamed many locations after places referenced in King's works.

The best-selling author will read an excerpt from “End of Watch,” talk to the audience and offer a question-and-answer session during the one-hour event at the private Edgeworth school's Rea Auditorium on June 8. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the event is expected to begin at 7.

Her hope is that some of the 600 or so people trekking to the Sewickley area on Wednesday to hear the author might make use of it if visiting. To make the map, she used a research database available through the library for patrons.

So King fans might want to drop off a letter at the Castle Rock Post Office or visit the Derry Public Library.

Or, perhaps, visit Tak's Toys, Cuthbert Allgood Pastry Shop or the more than 125 locations.

“I may add to that if I come up with more,” Snatchko said.

“People are going to come early. So some might get dinner in town and look around.”

Snatchko, who said she became a fan of the popular author in 2011, is one of the roughly 600 people who will hear King speak at the Rea Auditorium on the private school's campus in Edgeworth.

She waited about five hours on a Sunday morning in April to get tickets. Tickets ranged from $38 to $50.

After looking at Facebook posts from the bookshop when she woke up, she said she “jumped out of bed, brushed my teeth, grabbed a thing of Pop-Tarts and raced over.”

Snatchko said she's going with a friend who was farther back in line and unable to get tickets.

No tickets available, but ...

In a newsletter sent June 2 , Penguin Bookshop staff said no tickets will be sold at the event. That's because no tickets remain, they said.

But the Sewickley Herald discovered at least three posts — for a total of seven tickets — on Craisgslist of people looking to sell tickets.

For a price, of course.

Prices for a ticket range from $200 each to $600 each, according to the posts as of June 2.

The book store's newsletter did not mention counterfeit or resell tickets, but did indicate that “an original ticket, purchased at the Penguin Bookshop ... is the only form of entry we will accept.”

On one Craigslist ad, the poster wrote: “I'm asking $600 EACH or best offer (don't offer a ridiculous amount either as it will be ignored---that is anything less than $350)! These tickets sold out in less than 4 hours from the store opened and I had to wait over 9 hours to get them!”

Later on in the same post, the individual suggests e-mails will be deleted from those seeking tickets for under $350 each.

We've reached out to those selling tickets and will update if we hear back from the sellers.

At least five additional posts, as of June 2, indicated people are seeking tickets to see King.

Bobby Cherry is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at rcherry@tribweb.com.

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