Neil Gaiman Lecture
Monday, April 19, 2010Posted by Melissa (Avid Reader)
I'd like to preface this post by saying all the photos were taken in a dark auditorium with no flash allowed, so sorry.
So after weeks of anticipation I attended Neil Gaiman's lecture in Indianapolis on Friday, where Gaiman was awarded the annual Kurt Vonnegut Literature Award. It was wonderful.
Gaiman mixed words of wisdom with readings of his works. He even had a Q & A portion at the end. He talks the way he writes, turning the simplest phrase into something quite beautiful. He's also hilarious and has perfect comedic timing. Which shouldn't be a surprise, since his sense of humor is evident in his books, but still, it was delightful.
One issue he talked about is the misconception that books should either be good for you or they can be popular. His books, like the Newbery Award Winner The Graveyard Book, have shown us that books can (and should) be both. He said, "I won't choose a side. I'm on the side of books you love."
He read his newest "Instructions" and also short stories like "Inventing Aladdin." During the Q & A he patiently answered silly questions and humored us Hoosiers.
So anyway, completely enamored by the books, the humor and the brilliance of Neil Gaiman.
Have you guys seen any of your favorite authors in person? Did they disappoint or affirm your admiration of them?
Photos by moi.