Thursday, October 29, 2009
Neil Gaiman and ALA
Someone's comment on an older post reminded me that I never posted anything about ALA in Chicago -- in JULY! Neil Gaiman was there as he was the winner of the Newbery Award for The Graveyard Book. Yes -- that is my signed copy of it to the left. I, for some stupid reason, did not realize he was going to be there until Babelbabe told me. And I had no clue he was going to be signing at the exhibits the day I went. My brother-in-law dropped me off early at the convention center (really early -- like 7:00am) and there were people waiting in line. I asked what the line was for and when they told me, I practically geeked out! I had no Gaiman works with me at all but the publisher was selling copies of The Graveyard Book, so I bought it so I'd have something for him to sign. I was something like the 10th person in a line that turned out to be very long. A woman in front of me must have brought everything Gaiman ever published for him to sign, including her 10 ton Absolute Sandman copies -- 4 volumes! I would never have lugged those around; he said he wouldn't have either as they were too heavy. That was the highlight of my Chicago visit.