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Posts Tagged ‘Neil Gaiman’

Humble eBook Bundle 2 Adds More Books

The organizers of the second Humble eBook Bundle have added four new books to the offer. Readers can pay what they want for a science fiction collection worth well over $70.  The video embedded above explains how the bundle will help support both authors and charity.

Last year, the first Humble eBook Bundle counted more than $1 million in sales. Here’s more about the new books added to the collection:

xkcd: volume 0 by Randall Munroe, an intelligent humorous collection of comics covering everything from romance to math. Signal to Noise by Neil Gaiman & Dave McKean, an ethereal graphic novel of a man’s last days. The Poison Eaters and Other Stories by Holly Black, a dark collection of short fantasy stories. Machine of Death edited by Ryan NorthMatthew Bennardo, & David Malki, a collection of short stories surrounding a device that can predict a person’s cause of death. For those that have already purchased a bundle, this content will appear automatically on their download page. New customers can access them by paying more than the current average on the site, which will also get them all six books from the first week of our promotion!

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Michael Sheen to Read ‘The Ocean at the End of the Lane’

Actor Michael Sheen has signed on to read Neil Gaiman’s newly released novel, The Ocean at the End of the Lane.

This reading will air in July on UK’s Radio 4′s  ”Book at Bedtime” show. In an interview with RadioTimes, producer Heather Larmour explained:

We wanted somebody who could capture the intimate tone of the narrator as well as the different voices involved.

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Neil Gaiman: ‘the best way to come up with new ideas is to get really bored’

Does inspiration strike when you are bored? I remember making up intricate stories as a kid trapped at long school assemblies or endless services.

Neil Gaiman shared a key writing tip at The Guardian last week: “the best way to come up with new ideas is to get really bored.” The novelist has decided to take a break from social media to seek more of this personal time. Check it out:

Watching school plays was ideal, he continued. ”You have to sit there for hours and you can’t read or use a phone or check something on the web. I’ll come out afterwards thinking: ‘Did I just plot out an episode of Dr Who there? I think I did.’ “

John Green Delivers Commencement Address at Butler University

The Fault in Our Stars author John Green delivered the commencement speech at the graduation ceremony for Butler University’s class of 2013. To read the entire speech, head to Green’s Tumblr page.

Watch the entire speech in the video embedded above (his talk begins at the 1:01:08 mark). Here’s an excerpt:

I would just note that the default assumption is that the point of human life is to be as successful as possible, to acquire lots of fame or glory or money as defined by quantifiable metrics: number of twitter followers, or facebook friends, or dollars in one’s 401k.

This is the hero’s journey, right? The hero starts out with no money and ends up with a lot of it, or starts out an ugly duckling and becomes a beautiful swan, or starts out an awkward girl and becomes a vampire mother, or grows up an orphan living under the staircase and then becomes the wizard who saves the world. We are taught that the hero’s journey is the journey from weakness to strength. But I am here today to tell you that those stories are wrong. The real hero’s journey is the journey from strength to weakness.

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How a Picture Book Is Born

Over at the Muddy Colors blog, children’s book author and illustrator Adam Rex shared his creative process behind Chu’s Day–his picture book collaboration with Neil Gaiman.

The post includes a brief glimpse of Gaiman’s script for their next children’s book project, but we also get priceless shots of storyboards and character sketches from the current book. Here’s an excerpt from the essay:

In a novel you can just throw a bunch of blanks at the end to round out another eight pages if you have to, but with a picture book you need to be more precise. Add to this that nearly all picture books are either 32 or 40 pages long, and it gets even more restrictive. Few PBs are more than 40 pages. None are less than 32 (board books don’t count). I draw 32 or 40 or whatever little boxes on a single page of my sketchbook and start filling them in. I only have the most rudimentary notion what each page is going to look like, but this is where I usually discover the ideas that will make this my book as opposed to a book that was merely illustrated by me. Once I have all my pandas in a row I probably sketch character designs.

Neil Gaiman’s ‘Neverwhere’ Adapted for BBC Radio

Reviving the lost art of the radio drama, BBC4 has released the first episode of an radio adaptation of Neverwhere, Neil Gaiman‘s 1996 novel.

Follow this link to listen onlineJames McAvoy, Natalie DormerChristopher Lee, Benedict Cumberbatch and many other actors star in the adaptation. Here’s more about the show:

An act of kindness sees Richard Mayhew catapulted from his ordinary life into a subterranean world under the streets of London. Stopping to help an injured girl on a London street, Richard is thrust from his workaday existence into the strange world of London Below. So begins a curious and mysterious adventure deep beneath the streets of London, a London of shadows where the tube cry of ‘Mind the Gap’ takes on new meaning; for the inhabitants of this murky domain are those who have fallen through the gaps in society, the dispossessed, the homeless.

Secret Freelancer Knowledge from Neil Gaiman

In May, HarperCollins will publish Make Good Art, a Chip Kidd-designed book version of a Neil Gaiman commencement address. Gaiman’s speech at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia went viral last year, sharing “secret freelancer knowledge” that all kinds of writers, editors and freelance workers can use.

We’ve embedded a video of his speech above–it also contains the best advice he ever received, delivered by the great novelist Stephen King. Here is Gaiman’s secret freelancer knowledge:

You get work however you get work, but keep people keep working in a freelance world (and more and more of today’s world is freelance), because their work is good, because they are easy to get along with and because they deliver the work on time. And you don’t even need all three! Two out of three is fine. People will tolerate how unpleasant you are if your work is good and you deliver it on time. People will forgive the lateness of your work if it is good and they like you. And you don’t have to be as good as everyone else if you’re on time and it’s always a pleasure to hear from you.

Neil Gaiman, Adam Rex & Benjamin Nugent Get Booked

Here are some literary events to pencil in your calendar. To get your event posted on our calendar, visit our Facebook Your Literary Event page. Please post your event at least one week prior to its date.

The Center for Fiction will be celebrating the publication of Why We Write: 20 Acclaimed Authors on How and Why They Do What They Do. Join in on Thursday, February 21st starting 7 p.m. (New York, NY)

The Moth will be having a StorySLAM event on “Patters” at HousingWorks Bookstore Cafe. Check it out on Thursday, February 21st starting 7 p.m. (New York, NY)

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Neil Gaiman Works with BlackBerry on Storytelling Project

Ever wish you could share a story idea with novelist Neil Gaiman? The author has teamed up with BlackBerry have teamed up to create a storytelling project called A Calendar of Tales.

AppNewser has more on how to join the project: “Gaiman will write a new tale for every month of the year, drawing inspiration and illustrations from his millions of online fans. The project will create ‘an amazing calendar showcasing your illustrations beside Neil’s stories.’”

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Neil Gaiman Reveals Cover for New Novel

Novelist Neil Gaiman revealed the covers for two upcoming books on Tumblr.

We’ve included the cover image poster for The Ocean at the End of the Lane above. Below, we’ve included links to free posters you can download for your computer.

The author also showed the Chip Kidd-designed cover for Make Good Art, a book version of the commencement address that Gaiman delivered last year.

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