Neil Gaiman Reading Recap + The Graveyard Book Giveaway

Neil Gaiman read chapter 5 and the Interlude of The Graveyard Book to 600 lucky audience members at Gunn High School Saturday night. The event was cosponsored by Kepler’s Books Inc. (the best Independent Bookstore south of San Francisco) and the Palo Alto Library. The stage was wonderfully and theatrically decorated with tombstones of characters from the book, as well as a screen with an image of an eerie graveyard. There was a plush leather seat in the middle of stage complete with one reading lamp, one stuffed raven and two water bottles.

The Graveyard Book
Neil read for about 40 minutes (he has the best reading voice, its deep, it’s soothing, it has a British accent…). Then there was a raffle for a Coraline audio CD (I did not win). Then there was a short intermission. There was a Q & A which is always fun and interesting. While waiting in line, the audience wrote questions on index cards, this giant stack of index cards was then handed to Neil, as he flipped through them on the stage answered questions. Most of the questions he answered were about The Graveyard Book. There is one sentence in the book that is not on the audio cd. Chapter 6 had to be completely re-written because it did not match the tone of the rest of the book, and he wrote chapter 4 first, before working on the other chapters of the book. His next book to be released will be called Crazy Hair, and it is also a children’s book.

After the Q & A we were surprised with a couple of short movie clips. The first being a behind the scenes trailer of the Coraline movie. Its stop-animation in 3-D, and it is going to be fantastic. It should be coming out in theaters sometime this year. We also saw snippets from 4 scenes of Coraline. Palo Alto was the third audience to view these clips. Neil requested that no one You Tube the clips, but I doubt anyone really listened. Lastly, Neil read to us a poem that he had written for Tori Amos when she was pregnant with her baby girl. It is a beautiful poem, and reminded me of All The Places You Will Go by Dr. Seuss. I think this poem will also be published at some point in 2009.

Since Neil had broken his finger in China, he did not stay after the reading to individually sign books for the 600 audience members. I had already pre-ordered The Graveyard Book and was hoping he would sign it Happy Birthday Nari, but no such luck. Having a giant school-girl crush on him, I ended up buying a second signed copy of the book. =) Luckily for all my loyal readers, that means I will be giving away my spare copy of The Graveyard Book!!

Rules: All you have to do is comment on this post with your favorite Neil Gaiman creation (movie, comic book, novel, picture book, etc). I’ll announce the winner on October 20th, so make sure you get in your entries before midnight on October 19th. . Extra entries if you post about this entry on your blog or website.

31 responses to “Neil Gaiman Reading Recap + The Graveyard Book Giveaway

  1. I am an utterly pathetic human being who has never read anything by Neil Gaiman. I did, however, see Stardust and really enjoyed it – and I’ve heard his book is much better than the movie. I would really love to remedy my pathetic-ness by winning your giveaway!

  2. I didn’t read the book but I saw the movie “Stardust” based on his novel and I absolutely loved it. We bought the dvd too. I’d love to read his new book! Thanks for the giveaway.

  3. Just ordered a copy of Gaiman’s latest as a Christmas gifts for my two sons. They’re both fans of Gaiman’s. Neil is big and only going to get bigger, thanks to his success in so many different media. I envy the guy…gives the rest of us poor scribblers something to shoot for…

  4. Can I try my luck? Well, the only Neil Gaiman book I’ve ever read was Stardust! Watched the movie too and I loved it. It’s now one of my favourite movies. 🙂

  5. The best book by Neil Gaiman that I’ve read so far is Coraline. I loved it!

  6. “American Gods” is my favorite. I also like some of the early Sandman graphic novels. Count me in–I’d love to read this!

  7. What if we are completely new to his work? I have yet to see or read anything by him, but this book sounds amazing and I’d love to read it!!

    anyway, if this counts…please enter me!

  8. You want me to pick just one? Hmmm… I think I’d have to say that I like the A Midsummer Night’s Dream volume of The Sandman. But American Gods is a close second.

  9. Sadly, I haven’t read any of Neil’s books either, but I desperately want The Graveyard Book. So here’s to hoping this is my lucky post!

  10. For some strange reason I’ve never read anything by Neil Gaiman. I tried once and ordered Neverworld from the library, but I ended up getting a French copy of the book, so I didn’t understand what most of it. After that, I didn’t try again, which is odd considering he’s on my wish-list and the Sandman books look amazing.

    I have watched Stardust though and I love that movie. And the book is always better than the movie, so I’ll be picking that up soon.

    Please enter me in this giveaway, I’ve also left a link at my blog. It’s off to the side.

    ~ Popin

  11. I just loved Stardust!

  12. Oh I am so jealous! Too cool!! I missed seeing him when he was here the day his book came out because I had class. Arg arg. Thanks for the contest!

  13. i LOVED stardust i also adored coraline

  14. Good Omens with Terry Pratchett is just awesome!

  15. Nicole (ikkinlala)

    I’m having trouble deciding between Fragile Things and Good Omens.

  16. My other half would love this book! I loved Stardust although I’ve never read his books!

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  18. I LOVED Good Omens, that is my favorite! Please enter me!

  19. I like Neverwhere very much. His short story collection, Fragile things is good too.

    Please do ount me in for this!

  20. Hi ! My favourite book and comics is neverwhere


  21. Cain and Abel from Sandman are definitely my favorites – they’re hilarious!!

  22. I’m reading Coraline now and it’s so good! I think that will be a favorite. Thanks so much for the offer. I’ve been anxious to read The Graveyard Book!

  23. You’ll probably think I’m crazy, but I actually like Interworld. I haven’t read Stardust, but I plan to. I just didn’t care for Coraline or The Books of Magic. I haven’t read anything else of his.

  24. Neverworld is neat!

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  26. P.S., Evidently I have the memory of a goldfish because I just read your reminder post and though “Oh no! How did I miss that?!?” Yah, I didn’t miss that, I was the first entrant. =P

  27. Neverwhere (it’s on the top of my shelf right now in honor of Halloween)

    This one looks great, too – would love to have a copy. 🙂

  28. I haven’t read a single book by Gaiman, can you believe that? But lately I have read so much about his books on blogs that I decided to buy myself one. I asked for this book at the bookshop and they did not have it. In fact they don’t have a single book by him.

    Anywayz, do count me in.

  29. Don’t Panic. The Official Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Companion

    Read this a long time ago. Can’t remember much, but this book really cracked me up.

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