Thursday, March 15, 2007

Let's Talk Neil Gaiman...

Think you know Sandman?
How many different gods can you find in American Gods?
Where’s your lime?

And finally… are you ready for Neil Gaiman to make his first, and hopefully not his last, official visit to Montana? Librarians attending MLA this year get three chances to experience genre-conquering Gaiman: 10:30-Noon Intellectual Freedom and Comics, 12:30-2:00pm Lunch with the author, and at 2:30pm Public Lecture and book signing.

A sought-after guest author and public speaker, Gaiman consistently lectures and reads to capacity crowds. I had the immense pleasure to see Gaiman speak at last year’s Comic-Con International in San Diego. I was one person in a sold out auditorium of over 5000 fans; all there to hear him, along with Stardust screen-writing partner Jane Goldman, talk about the transition of Stardust from book to feature film. Needless to say, his scheduled appearances at MLA will be less crowded than San Diego was. His presentations are enjoyable, intellectual, and comfortable; if you doubt this, I encourage you to check out some of the free videos available on his website… just to whet your appetites for what promises to be an amazing day at MLA:

In the meantime, what do we all do to gear up for a famous author visit? We’ll read tons of the author’s stuff, of course!

So, here is your mission: I am officially opening up this blog as a forum for your Gaiman literature recommendations, opinions, and suggestions. Give Montana librarians a month, and we’ll all be Neil Gaiman book experts.

(Note: for those of you who did not see the message on Wired—the Friday Hot Tub book discussion for this year’s MLA was announced by Karen Gonzales: Neil Gaiman’s Anansi Boys. Are you ready for hot water and hot discussion?)

My final question for today… Is Neil Gaiman ready to visit Montana?

~ This blog entry brought to you by Hannah Nash, an emissary of the MLA PR Committee, “See you all in Helena!” ~


Hannah Nash said...

If you want to listen to a wonderful book talk Gaiman did at Berkeley, paste the link below into a browser window and watch. (Click on his picture or the "Lauch Fora Player" button.)

Running time: 1 hour 53 minutes.

It's long, but very funny. He answers questions and reads from his newest work "Fragile Things".


Suzanne said...

I think there's probably a misconception out there that Neil Gaiman is just a young adult author because of his graphic novels. I say no! He appeals to all ages. I use my mother as evidence. I brought over Fragile Things for her to listen to on CD. And, not surprisingly, for those of us familiar with Gaiman's work, she enjoyed it and is looking forward to hearing more. She said it was "different" and that's certainly true but in a good way. I don't think you can pigeonhole him into any one genre. And the short stories are particularly wonderful because you never know what adventure awaits you in the next story.
Thanks, Hannah, for suggesting Fragile Things on CD!

Anonymous said...

Book Club Interest Group bids $240

Thank you to
Jean Nielsen
Karen Gonzales
Molly Kliss
Junje Gardner
Beth Boyson
Mark Sherouse
Milla Cummins
Lauren McMullen

Suzanne said...

So the book club interest group is bidding on Neil Gaiman as well? Boy once you get them started, they want to take over the world!