The Campus Read: Neil Gaiman

Thursday, October 28, 2021 5:00pm

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An award-winning author of short fiction, novels, comic books, graphic novels, audio theatre and films, Neil Gaiman’s most celebrated works include the comic book series The Sandman and novels Stardust, American Gods, Coraline, and The Graveyard Book.

Recognized as one of the creators of modern comics and an author whose work spans genres and extends to audiences of all ages, Gaiman has earned an impressive list of accolades and is the bestselling author of more than 20 books. He has been honored with the Hugo, Nebula, and Bram Stoker awards and the Newbery and Carnegie medals. Gaiman is the first author to win both the Newbery and the Carnegie medals for the same work, The Graveyard Book, the LR 2021 Campus Read. All first-year students receive a copy of Gaiman’s book and will have the opportunity to discuss it with their professors and peers in formal and informal settings. This annual event engages the campus and community through a common reading experience to foster dialogue, critical thinking, and university participation.

In addition, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, a novel that chronicles an unnamed man who returns to his hometown for a funeral and remembers events that began 40 years earlier, was named Book of the Year in the British National Book Awards. Gaiman is included in the Dictionary of Literary Biography as one of the top 10 living post-modern writers and is an extraordinary creator of works of prose, poetry, film, journalism, comics, song lyrics, and drama. He has risen to cult status and drawn increased media attention, with recent profiles in The New Yorker magazine and CBS News Sunday Morning.

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