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April 19, 2007


World-Renowned Author Neil Gaiman to Read


Bestselling author Neil Gaiman, whose celebrated Sandman series of graphic novels is widely considered a groundbreaker in introducing comic books to a literary audience, will read at Bryn Mawr on Tuesday, April 24, at 7 p.m., in Thomas Great Hall. The event is free and open to students, faculty and staff of Bryn Mawr, Haverford and Swarthmore Colleges.

Gaiman has long been one of the top writers in modern comics, as well as writing books for readers of all ages. He is listed in the Dictionary of Literary Biography as one of the top 10 living postmodern writers and is a prolific creator of works of prose, poetry, film, journalism, comics, song lyrics and drama. He is the winner of three Hugos, two Nebulas, one World Fantasy Award, four Bram Stoker Awards, nine Locus Awards, one British Fantasy Award, two British Science Fiction Awards, four Geffens, one International Horror Guild Award and two Mythopoeic Awards.

His 2001 novel American Gods was awarded the Hugo, Nebula, Bram Stoker, SFX and Locus awards. His recently published book Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders has been praised by Kirkus reviews for its "lush prose ... and a winning faith in the enchantment of stories." His film adaptations of his books Stardust and Coraline, as well as an adaptation of Beowulf, are scheduled to be released this year.

Gaiman's work has also appeared on the small screen: Neverwhere, his six-part fantastical TV series for the BBC, aired in 1996. His novel, also called Neverwhere, set in the same strange underground world as the television series, was released in 1997.

Gaiman's reading is sponsored by the Bryn Mawr Department of English and will be followed by a book-signing event.


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