Neil Gaiman takes a 'very dark, peculiar' stroll to The Ocean at the End of the Lane
With an introduction by his William Morrow editor Jennifer Brehl, one of the more popular authors on the planet took the stage and tossed door prizes to random winners in the audience like the rock star that he is. Neil Gaiman then told the story behind the story of his forthcoming juvenile/young adult book Fortunately, the Milk (HarperCollins; September, 2013), a follow-up of sorts to his first juvenile novel, The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish, first published in 1997 and re-issued in 2004 under the HarperCollins imprint. Gaiman followed the light-hearted anecdotes for Dads with reflections on how he came to write an unexpected, 'very dark, very peculiar' adult novel, The Ocean At The End Of The Lane (William Morrow/HarperCollins; June, 2013) and wrapped his presentation with an anecdote from a conversation he had while on tour in China illustrating why fiction is dangerous. Gaiman then took as many questions from his fans as time would permit on such topics as the worst sentence he ever wrote; advice on dealing with rejection; recollections of his favorite teacher, who, it turns out, paid him money to read a book, a teaching strategy that, unfortunately, never took hold elsewhere, he noted; being a celebrity author and father to his three kids; and progress on the much anticipated HBO adaptation of his masterpiece, American Gods, and other TV projects.
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