Neil Gaiman Event Recap

Neil Gaiman Event Recap

Contributed by Kayla King

 

One week ago, despite a storm descending on New York City, I attended a Neil Gaiman reading and Q&A to celebrate his new novel, Norse Mythology. Walking into The Town Hall to receive my very own signed copy of Gaiman's new novel, my excitement reached mythic proportions.

The event began with Neil Gaiman, clad all in black, opening a copy of Norse Mythology to begin his reading. As an audience, we were treated to a short story titled "The Master Builder," in which Gaiman has retold a story about the building of a wall to separate gods from giants. The story was, in the simplest of terms, "fitting."

 

 

 

What Neil Gaiman does in this new novel is retell mythic tales with characters that feel real and authentic. In his introduction to the new books he has written, "History and religion and myth combine, and we wonder and we imagine and we guess." Such a statement is somewhat of a road map for how Gaiman tackled the writing of this book, taking to these tales as if he were a musician covering songs, as he said. 

 

 

After the reading in which we laughed and took pause for what was happening beyond the world of myth and the enchanting experience of listening to Neil Gaiman read, we were given a new trailer for the Starz adaptation of "American Gods," which looks fantastic. We were also given a trailer for a soon-to-be-movie starring Elle Fanning adapted from Gaiman's short story "How to Talk to Girls at Parties," which also looks out of this world! 

 

Once the viewing was complete, Neil sat down with Ophira Eisenberg to answer questions submitted by audience members. Now some of my favorite things he said might not have been favored by others, but with the broad range of questions, there was sure to be something for everyone as Neil spouted wisdom from his years as a storyteller. And after all, it is his stories that had brought all of us together. Whether it be American Gods or Stardust or The Graveyard Book or Neverwhere, to which he revealed he is writing an epic sequel spanning close to 400 pages, it didn't matter the favorite. What mattered is that Neil told the stories we are still talking about. 

 

His hope for this newest book seemed two-fold: 1.) That someone in twenty years will decide to retell the Norse myths when his becomes obsolete as so many things do after time, and 2.) That by reading this book children will become infected with a love of Norse mythology and reading. Neil Gaiman has always been a true champion of young readers and keping stories scary and real for them. 

 

The second to last question asked of Neil had to do with what we should expect from his epitaph to which he responded, "We don't know if he's actually under here." 

 

Following the Q&A was a separate signing for those possessing other copies of Neil's books, which I had completely forgotten to bring, and so, sadly, did not attend. But I did leave The Town Hall with a signed copy of Norse Mythology and a renewed sense of spirit for storytelling and the stories which exist in places beyond our world. 

 

 

Rate this blog entry:
It's Live!! Cover Reveal + Excerpt: Neighborhood G...
It's Live!! Cover Reveal: SASQUATCH, LOVE, AND OTH...
 

Comments

No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment

FEATURED GIVEAWAYS

Latest Book Listings Added

Wicked Nix
A visually stunning, middle-grade classic in the making about Wicked...
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Journey of the Pale Bear
A runaway boy befriends a polar bear that’s being transported...
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Camp Valor (Camp Valor #1)
When Wyatt gets framed for a friend’s crime, he thinks...
 
4.7
 
0.0 (0)
Grenade
It's 1945, and the world is in the grip of...
 
4.7
 
0.0 (0)
The Attack of the Plants: A Branches Book (The Magic School Bus Rides Again)
Next stop...The Magic School Bus heads to the Galapagos to...
 
4.0
 
0.0 (0)
Robot Farm (The Magic School Bus Rides Again)
Wanda proudly hosts this year's school harvest feast, but she...
 
4.0
 
0.0 (0)
Tula is a chimera in a world where chimera are...
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
One week on an Alaskan cruise, three teens, and an...
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
The Homework Strike
Gregory K. has too much homework. ...
 
4.0
 
0.0 (0)
Knock Knock
Knock Knock is a fresh and innovative method of humorous...
 
4.5
 
0.0 (0)
Thisstoryisalie.jpg
A YA thriller described as The Curious Incident of the...
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
You Are The Everything
Can you want something—or someone—so badly that it changes your...
 
4.0
 
0.0 (0)
Seeing Red (Whatever After #12)
I really want the magic mirror in...
 
4.0
 
0.0 (0)
Girl At The Grave
In Girl at the Grave, debut author Teri Bailey Black...
 
4.0
 
0.0 (0)
The Golden Boy
Meg has it made. She has money to spare,...
 
4.0
 
0.0 (0)
Sadie
A missing girl on a journey of revenge and...
 
4.0
 
0.0 (0)

Latest Member Reviews

Wicked Nix
 
5.0
"Wicked Nix is the foulest of the fairies. He's also the protector of the forest and will keep people out..."
Journey of the Pale Bear
 
5.0
"JOURNEY OF THE PALE BEAR is an inspiring and heartwarming story about a bear and a boy who develop a..."
Camp Valor (Camp Valor #1)
 
4.7
"Wyatt has a decent life, but when his dad takes off, it dissolves into chaos. His mother doesn't function well,..."
Bittersweet Wreckage
 
4.3
"A intense story of finding hope in the worst circumstances. The Story: Ivy's life has been anything but easy...."
 
4.0
"A cute YA romance! The story: Callie has only had one goal in life - get a college scholarship..."
Grenade
 
4.7
"Hideki is a 13-year-old Okinawan and Ray is a United States Marine. Both are play important roles in the "Love..."
The Attack of the Plants: A Branches Book (The Magic School Bus Rides Again)
 
4.0
"When Ms. Frizzle gets a job as a professor, her sister takes over her class as the new teacher. Arnold..."
Robot Farm (The Magic School Bus Rides Again)
 
4.0
"Wanda is putting together the Fall Fun Feast, but she forgot about the food! When she starts looking into ideas,..."
Soccer School Season 1: Where Soccer Explains (Rules) the World
 
4.3
" "Coaches" Alex and Ben introduce the reader to their school that is all about soccer. Every class, from biology..."
After the Green Withered
 
3.5
"The story: Enora lives in a world run dry, where what little water is left is used as currency and..."
The Homework Strike
 
4.0
"'The Homework Strike' by Greg Pincus is a relevant and worthwhile story about the power of standing up and fighting..."
Knock Knock
 
4.5
"'Knock Knock' by Tammi Sauer, illustrated by Guy Francis, is a cute picture book about a bear getting prepared for..."
The Glass Arrow
 
4.7
"Original Review: http://www.literarychaos.com/ I was really cautious going into this book. I knew from the synopsis that it had..."
The Orphan Queen (The Orphan Queen #1)
 
N/A
"original review at: http://www.literarychaos.com/ In the spirit of honesty, I would never have picked this book up for myself...."
The Wood
 
3.7
"I bought this by impulse. Seeing as this book was primarily a cover-buy, I did not have many expectations..."
You Are The Everything
 
4.0
"Elyse Schmidt has the biggest crush on Josh Harris, but he has no idea. When tragedy strikes on their plane..."
Apex Predator (Horizon, Book 4)
 
4.0
" Both the members of the robotics team whose plane went down and the members of the Cub-Tones from the..."
Seeing Red (Whatever After #12)
 
4.0
"Abby is excited that her nana is coming to stay with her and Jonah while her parents are away, but..."
The Phantom Bandit (Geronimo Stilton #70)
 
4.0
"As fall approaches, Geronimo is busy working in his newspaper office when he starts to see strange things-- his co..."
Girl At The Grave
 
4.0
"Valentine was only six years old when her murder was hung for murder. After the death, she's basically taken care..."