The Specsaver Award for Book of the year was awarded to Neil Gaiman for his novel The Ocean at the End of the Lane. Gaiman’s novel also won the award for best Audiobook of the year. The Specsaver Award is a publicly selected award open to all readers in the United Kingdom. Gaiman was also shortlisted for Author of the Year and his novel Fortunately The Milk was shortlisted for Children’s book of the year. He lost in those categories to Kate Atkinson and Demon Dentist, by David Walliams, respectively.
Neil Gaiman has been appointed to the faculty of Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, where he will be part of the Theater and Performance faculty. Gaiman will begin teaching during the Spring 2014 semester, with his first class being an advanced writing workshop exploring the history of the fantastic, approaches to fantasy fiction, and the meaning of fantasy today. Gaiman’s classes will be taught across the Division of the Arts and the Division of Languages and Literature.
Eight authors, including Cory Doctorow, Mercedes Lackey, Paolo Bacigalupi, Lauren Beukes, Kelly Link, John Scalzi, Neil Gaiman, and Dave McKean, are offering up a bundle of e-books. The books are available in DRM-Free versions for a donation which will go to the authors and a variety of charities. Six books by the first five authors are available to anyone making a donation. Two additional books by Scalzi and Gaiman & McKean are available to anyone who donates more than the average donation at the time of purchase. The titles included are Doctorow’s Pirate Cinema, Lackey’s Invasion, Bacigalupi’s Pump Six, Beukes’s Zoo City, and Link’s Stranger Things Happen and Magic for Beginners. The addition books are Scalzi’s Old Man’s War and Gaiman & McKean’s Signal to Noise. The charities being helped include the SFWA Emergency Medical Fund, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and Child’s Play Charity.
Neil Gaiman will be discussing the tenth anniversary edition of American Gods at the National Press Club in Washington, DC on June 23 at 6:30. The ticketed event costs $5. Copies of American Gods may be purchased at the time of registration, with proceeds going to support the Eric Friedheim National Journalism Library. No outside books will be permitted.
Chicago’s One Book, One City program has selected to read Neil Gaiman’s 2003 novel Neverwhere for its Spring 2011 choice. The Chicago Public Library chooses two books a year and this Fall’s selection will mark the program’s tenth anniversary. The program includes book discussions, public programs, a script reading of last year’s dramatic production of the play, and Gaiman will speak in Chicago on April 12 and 13.
The SF Playhouse in San Francisco will be hosting the West Coast debut of the new musical Coraline, based on Neil Gaiman’s novel. The musical features a book by Gaiman and music by Stephin Merritt. It will be directed by Bill English and is scheduled to run from November 16-January 15.
Neil Gaiman has won the Carnegie Medal for his novel The Graveyard Book. The award was established in 1936 in memory of philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, and includes a prize of a gold medal and a donation of books to the library of Gaiman’s choice. The Graveyard Book is the first book ever to win both the Carnegie Medal and the Newbery Medal.
Memorabilia from Coraline, including signed posters, books, and gym shoes, are being auctioned off on E-bay through July 26 with the proceeds to go to the Starlight Children’s Foundation. Some items in the auction are signed by author Neil Gaiman, others by actresses Dakota Fanning or Teri Hatcher.
Susan Dunman reports that this past Friday (May 29, 2009) the annual Audie Awards (think Oscar awards for audiobooks) were presented to this year’s winners. Congratulations go to Neil Gaiman for winning “Audiobook of the Year” with The Graveyard Book. Narrated by the author, this title also took the “Children’s Titles for Ages 8-12″ category. The Science Fiction category was won by Robert J. Sawyer for his book, Calculating God. The narrator was Jonathan Davis.