Tabitha King

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Tabitha King (née Spruce) (born March 24, 1949) is an American author and activist.

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Biography

Tabitha King was born Tabitha Jane-Frances Spruce in Old Town, Maine. She was born to Raymond George and Sarah Jane White Spruce. She is one of eight children.

Her primary education took place at St. Mary’s Grammar in Old Town, from which she graduated in 1963. She then attended John Bapst Memorial High School in Bangor until 1967, and earned her bachelor’s degree in history in 1971 from the University of Maine in Orono.

Family

King met her husband, author Stephen King, in college through her work-study job in the Fogler Library. Their daughter Naomi Rachel was born in 1970. They married on January 2, 1971. They had two more children: Joseph Hillstrom King in 1972 and Owen Phillip King in 1977. Naomi is a former restaurateur and now a minister. Both sons have become authors in their own right.

Career

King has published eight novels (the eighth in 2006 with Michael McDowell as co-author), all of which were released in hardcover by Macmillan and paperback by New American Library. She has also published two works of non-fiction, one of which was published in paperback by Dendrite.

Social activism

King serves on several boards and committees in the state of Maine, including the board of directors of Shaw House (an adolescent homeless shelter in Bangor), the board of the Maine Public Broadcasting System, and the Bangor Public Library board.[1]

She has previously served on the University of Maine Press board and for three years as a board member on the Maine Humanities Council.[2]

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