Writers on a New England Stage: Neil Gaiman

Jun 29, 2011

Neil Gaiman is often credited for expanding the audience for comics beyond white, teenage boys with his Sandman series. But he is also a true multi-media phenom, a filmmaker, (now) recording artist, screenwriter for the likes of Dr. Who, and prolific author, including the multi-award winning, groundbreaking novel American Gods.

In this edition of Writers on a New England Stage, Gaiman reads from the 10th Anniversary Edition of that book, and then sits down for a conversation in which he reveals childhood memories, his take on the critical role of librarians, and, maybe most important, whether Star Trek is better than Star Wars.

And for those who don't want to miss a moment of our evening with Neil, here's the full, unedited version of his reading and his conversation with Virginia.

Producer's note:

This Neil Gaiman broadcast was largely scored by Neil Gaiman himself, who made requests for specific songs by his wife, Amanda Palmer, and his good friend Tori Amos.

A special thanks to WOM intern Hanna Goldberg, without whom this complex production would not have gone as well...she is a true Gaiman fan, and as such, composed thoughtful questions, wrote a pithy and hilarious blog about her experience, and helped filter through the hundreds of questions submitted by members of the audience, some of whom simply wanted to know what Neil Gaiman smelled like up close.

(He smelled great, by the way.)

-Rebecca Lavoie