Neil Gaiman, Phenomenon

LA Weekly attended last night’s Neil Gaiman appearance to promote his new book The Graveyard Book. In the interview, they discuss how he’s reworking the traditional author signing tour to become “part of a nine-city U.S. tour with each stop featuring a different segment of the book. Each reading has been videotaped and can be viewed on the author’s website.” In his words:

Why don’t I do something different? Why don’t I pre-sign books?

Instead of a world where I do a fifteen-minute reading, fifteen-minute Q & A and sign books for a few hours, I can do a really nice two-hour event, by the end of which, everyone will have had a much more pleasant time and gotten an awful lot more of me.

I had written a book that is built of short stories. Every short story is part of the novel, but the chapter is still a short story. So I thought that this would absolutely work. Everybody would get something complete. Then, if you’re going to do it, why not film it? If you’re filming it, why not put it up on the web?

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4 Responses to “Neil Gaiman, Phenomenon”

  1. Dave Rose Says:

    I’ve always loved Neil Gaiman’s short stories. The idea of a book wherein each short story is a chapter of a novel is brilliant! Mr. Gaiman is always coming up with great ideas I’ve never heard of.

  2. Kelson Says:

    I’m half-kicking myself for skipping this, but I couldn’t quite bring myself to spend 3 hours on the freeway during rush-hour traffic. (~50 miles, but I’d have to cross Los Angeles.) My brother and his fiancee made it to the San Francisco reading, though, and they had a great time.

  3. David Oakes Says:

    “Then, if you’re going to do it, why not film it? If you’re filming it, why not put it up on the web?”

    And that, my friends, is the history of the 21st century in a nutshell.

  4. Johanna Says:

    Bwa ha ha! I don’t know why they went into my spam filter, because it’s genius!

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