- Associated Press - Thursday, September 10, 2015

BANGOR, Maine (AP) - President Barack Obama jokes that without one of this year’s National Medal of Arts recipients there’d be “no really scary things like ‘Carrie’ and ‘Misery.’”

Stephen King, author of those books, was one of 18 individuals and three organizations to be honored by the president Wednesday for their contributions to the arts and the humanities.

King was recognized for combining storytelling with his analysis of human nature, and for thrilling readers around the world through decades of work. Other honorees celebrated in an East Room ceremony included actress Sally Field and chef Alice Waters.

Obama awarded the National Medal of Arts to 11 people and organizations. And he awarded the National Humanities Medal to 10 people and groups.

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