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Daniel Handler pledges his pentinence after National Book Awards racist gaffe
November 23, 2014 | 12:25 pm

Daniel Handler, better known as Lemony Snicket, turned what should have been a respectful, respectable, but otherwise fairly routine presentation ceremony for the National Book Awards into a social media tempest through a more-than-off-color inadvertent quip about watermelons and Jacqueline Woodson. The National Book Foundation has already posted its own response, stating that "at the National Book Awards, comments were made by the master of ceremonies which were entirely inappropriate, were not authorized by the National Book Foundation and which do not in any way represent the views of this organization. We regret the incident and apologize to all offended by...

Neil Gaiman, Daniel Handler, give the gift of reading for the 2014 National Book Awards
November 22, 2014 | 12:34 pm

What makes a great writer? How about the forbearance and humility to stand in Washington Square on a freezing morning and give away free books to a random crowd of the reading public? Because that's what Neil Gaiman and Daniel Handler (a.k.a. Lemony Snicket) did for the National Book Foundation's Great Book Giveaway, organized with the Uni Project, "a nonprofit committed to increasing access to books and learning opportunities through pop-up, open-air reading rooms," and featuring a free distribution of the finalist titles in the 2014 National Book Awards, "as well as books by Daniel and Neil which they graciously...

Neil Gaiman talks for UK Arts Council
November 20, 2014 | 6:25 pm

011711-neil-gaiman.jpgThe newly launched Arts Council of England magazine Create, for all the issues around its basic premise, has garnered material from some very significant creative figures, Neil Gaiman being one of them. He took the opportunity, in the course of a long interview with Toby Litt in the magazine (available to read in full here), to speak about writing, reading, and libraries, and the importance of the latter in education and general development. After recounting his love of libraries from his first experiences of them at age three or four, Neil Gaiman noted "I’ve probably been in about six or seven hundred libraries...

Russell Brand to give Reading Agency lecture
October 14, 2014 | 10:25 am

The ever-more-serious UK comedian Russell Brand will deliver this year's Reading Agency lecture, "'a manifesto on reading" and the third lecture since the inception of the series in 2012, as well as the first one to be open to ticket-holding members of the public. "The Reading Agency lecture is a fundraising event, proceeds from which support the charities' core mission, to get and keep the nation reading," as The Reading Agency's materials declare. Previous speakers in the series were Jeanette Winterson and Neil Gaiman, who gave a highly praised talk also on the importance of reading. Brand couched the theme of...

More from Neil Gaiman on the Amazon/Hachette faceoff
September 4, 2014 | 12:25 pm

Neil Gaiman's views on the Amazon/Hachette spat seem to have evolved a little since Chris Meadows last reported on them in mid-June. According to an answer to a self-published author and fan recently posted on "the official Neil Gaiman Tumblr, but honestly no better than the unofficial Neil Gaiman Tumblrs out there," Gaiman now says: "I don’t see an enemy. I see two huge multinational corporations having a fight over contracts and terms, and authors staring up at them from ground level. It’s like Godzilla battling Gamera, and we’re looking up from the sidewalks of New York rather worried that...

Neil Gaiman ‘pissed at Amazon’ but not so sure about Hachette either
June 16, 2014 | 1:04 pm

GaimanWell, here’s another Salon Amazon hit piece, at least sort of. Salon chose to headline it, “Neil Gaiman: ‘I’m obviously pissed at Amazon’” but if you read the actual article, you find the quote was taken out of context. Gaiman feels that the anti-trust prosecution against the five major publishers and Apple was a bad move, but on the matter of Amazon versus Hachette, he is actually ambivalent: I’m a weird mixture right now, because on the one hand, I’m obviously pissed at Amazon. I’m a Hachette author in the U.K., my wife is a Hachette author now, and I’m very...

Neil Gaiman says scared is good
March 22, 2014 | 10:45 am

Bulgarian writer and New Yorker by adoption Maria Popova picked up on a "semi-secret" evening event on the literature of terror held by Neil Gaiman at TED's 30th anniversary event, TED 2014 in Vancouver - certainly secret enough to keep his name off the official speaker list. However, she detailed the whole thing in her much-followed blog Brain Pickings, including a recording reproduced with permission, and transcripts, where Gaiman speaks of the fascination of fear. "Technology does nothing to dispel the shadows at the edge of things," Gaiman says. And as just one instance of the value of tackling dark things,...

StoryBundle offers ‘Epic Fantasy Bundle’ with titles by Gaiman, Sanderson, Hickman, David, and more
March 6, 2014 | 5:09 am

The_Camelot_Papers_Cover_FinalThe other day, I mentioned the Humble Bundle’s plans to expand its e-book offerings. Today it turns out that the Humble Bundle’s closest competitor in the world of e-book bundles has just come out with another one itself. For the next three weeks, StoryBundle is offering its “Epic Fantasy” bundle on a semi-pay-what-you-want basis. The minimum payment is $3 for six DRM-free multiformat e-books, and if you pay at least $12 you get three more. The base-level donation books are The Sacrifice by Kristine Kathryn Rusch Spirit Walker by David Farland ...

The vitriol of Twitter: How social media torpedoed Jonathan Ross hosting the Hugos
March 4, 2014 | 1:12 pm

Twitter as kid with red crayonHere’s an interesting article from The Nation about problems the feminist movement is having in discussions on Twitter. The fundamental problem is “intersectionality”: people in the feminist movement are other things besides “just” female—they’re rich or poor, they’re white or minority, and so on—and people at one end of a spectrum find things to be angry at the people on the other end about, even though they ostensibly share a common cause. And this anger is compounded by the Twitter discussion medium, whose short bite-sized chunks can lead to a spectacularly toxic environment. I don’t really have anything to...

The Neil Gaiman Reading Agency lecture: “Reading for pleasure is one of the most important things one can do”
November 29, 2013 | 10:50 am

A thoughtful poster on MobileRead.com alerted me to the recording and full transcript of the 25-minute lecture delivered by Neil Gaiman at the Barbican Centre in London as the Reading Agency's second annual lecture. You can, and should, read or listen to the entire speech there. But I'm isolating a few especially important statements, with context where necessary, to help drive home the really key messages. "Reading for pleasure is one of the most important things one can do," Gaiman says at the start of his lecture. Quite appropriate in a country where 35 percent of Brits, and 42 percent of...

UK Reading Agency names ex-Elsevier Sue Wilkinson as new CEO
November 27, 2013 | 6:33 pm

UK literacy and reading advocacy charity the Reading Agency has announced the appointment of its new Chief Executive, Sue Wilkinson MBE, currently Director of UK Academic and Government Alliances at Elsevier, who will replace its founder director and current head Miranda McKearney OBE, who will step aside at the end of the year. As well as her work with the publisher, Wilkinson was previously Director of Policy at the Museums Libraries & Archives Council (MLA) in the UK, where, according to the Reading Agency in its official announcement, she "created the ground-breaking quality and impact framework, Inspiring Learning for All, which...

Neil Gaiman speaks in Reading Agency lectures: reading prevents crime, closing libraries steals future
October 15, 2013 | 1:05 pm

neil gaimanOne of Britain's most respected and best-loved authors worldwide, Neil Gaiman, spoke last night on literacy and libraries at the second Reading Agency lecture in London, on behalf of this UK charity "with a mission to inspire more people to read more," especially in partnership with libraries. And he drew direct correlations between literacy, reading habits and crime levels, and warned of the folly of closing libraries for short-term budgetary ends. Much of Gaiman's lecture, though, was devoted to encouraging the habit and love of reading. "I don't think there is such a thing as a bad book for children. Every...