October 14, 2013 |
A mother in Alamogordo, N.M., happened to flip through her kid's homework and was distraught by what she found. Nancy Wilmott's teenage daughter had been assigned to read the British writer Neil Gaiman's “Neverwhere,” which happens to have one extramarital sex scene between two adults, and has been on the Alamogordo High School 10th grade curriculum since 2004. Wilmott lodged a complaint with the school, which has suspended the use of the book in its course materials and taken it off the library shelves.
July 1, 2013 |
Neil Gaiman is busy. Having just published his first novel for adults in years, “Ocean at the End of the Lane,” the fantasy master is returning to the “Sandman” series on which his reputation at least partly rests, Vertigo, an imprint of DC Entertainment, announced Monday morning. “The Sandman: Overture #1,” to be written by Gaiman and illustrated by J.H. Williams III, will be released on Oct. 30. According to a press release from Vertigo - which published the original “Sandman” series - “Overture” will “reveal a previously untold story in 'The Sandman' mythos.” "This is the one story that we never got to tell.
February 3, 2014 |
The things people do for charity. Bestselling author Neil Gaiman promised he would read "Green Eggs and Ham" by Dr. Seuss if the fundraising campaign for Worldbuilders reached $500,000. With about five days left to go, it did. Calling the book "rather wonderful," a slightly rumpled Gaiman read the children's book classic. As he explains on his blog, Gaiman is "very beardy, because I am not going out in public, and am just writing. " Founded by author Patrick Rothfuss, Worldbuilders holds a different fundraiser each year for Heifer International.
December 19, 2012 |
Neil Gaiman has announced that his next book-signing tour will be his last. He'll be heading out in 2013 to sign copies of "The Ocean at the End of the Lane," which hits shelves June 18, traveling around the U.S., the U.K., and then going farther afield. Then: No more. This will be his final book-signing tour because, for Gaiman, recent book-signings have turned into overly long affairs. In 2009, a reading and book-signing he did in Georgia had some fans waiting almost seven hours.
April 3, 2013 |
The literary event series Live Talks Los Angles announced its spring 2013 series Wednesday. The series, founded in 2010, takes place at a number of venues around the city. Speakers this spring include Neil Gaiman, who comes to L.A. -- well, technically, Glendale, at the Alex Theater -- in June to talk about his forthcoming novel "The Ocean at the End of the Lane. " Gaiman can write just about anything, and write it well -- comic books (Sandman), award-winning children's novels ("The Graveyard Book")
June 4, 2010 |
Let's face it: If Homer or Virgil were writing today, their work would probably get shelved in the fantasy section of the bookstore rather than in "Classics of Western Literature. " "Oh, c'mon," I imagine some bookseller saying, "the publisher says this 'Iliad' thing is a serious work about gods and war. Really? Been there already!" Whenever a sorcerer enters the scene, or a demon flits across the page, some kind of literary depreciation effect still sets in (though the tide is changing)