Gaiman, Neil

Neil Gaiman in Moscow, March 2010

Biography

Neil Gaiman, born in Hampshire, England in 1960, was the child of Jewish parents deeply involved in the Church of Scientology. He pursued a journalistic track in the early 1980s until becoming disillusioned with the British news system and ending that career in 1987. In 1992 he moved his then wife Mary McGrath and two children from England to Minneapolis, MN. In 2002 he became embroiled in a copyright suit over three characters he created for a graphic novel series; this suit was settled in Gaiman’s favor by a seven-person federal jury in Wisconsin. Gaiman briefly lived in Menomenie, WI with McGrath and their three children, but is now divorced and resides near Minneapolis, MN. He is currently engaged to American singer Amanda Palmer.

Gaiman has been extremely prolific in children’s literature, adult novels, and graphic novels, and several of his stories have been successfully adapted for the movie screen. His works have won numerous awards, including three Hugo Awards, two Nebula Awards, three Locus Awards, and one Newbery Medal (for The Graveyard Book). Gaiman was also chosen by the American Library Association to be the Honorary Chair of National Library Week in April 2010.

Selected Work

Title: Stardust

Author: Neil Gaiman

Publisher: HarperTeen

Year: 2008

Reading Level: Young Adult

Format: Paperback; 288 pages; 17 cm x 12.7 cm

ISBN: 0061689246; 978-0061689246

MARC record

The tiny English village of Wall has a secret. Through a gap in the town’s old stone wall lies the kingdom of Stormhold, a magical realm of spells, unicorns and witches. One day a boy named Tristan Thorn makes a bet with Victoria, the girl of his dreams, that he can bring her back a falling star that lands beyond the wall. So he journeys through the gap into the wall and into the other world, determined to bring back the fallen star in seven days and win Victoria’s hand in marriage. To his surprise, the star in question is not a lump of rock but a plucky celestial princess named Yvaine, who is not at all pleased to be knocked out of the sky and subsequently kidnapped. And a fallen star, it seems, is quite a commodity in Stormhold. Soon Tristan and Yvaine are running from flying pirates, warring princes, and three wicked witches who want to cut Yvaine’s heart out of her chest and eat it in order to restore their eternal youth. To win the bet, Tristan will have to hold his own in a dangerous game of swords and sorcery – but this new world has more surprises in store than he could ever have imagined. (copied from http://www.imdb.com)

Other Works

Coraline. Illustrated by Dave McKean. HarperFestival, 2008.

The Wolves in the Walls. Illustrated by Dave McKean. HarperCollins, 2005.

The Dangerous Alphabet. Illustrated by Gris Grimly. HarperCollins, 2008.

The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish. Illustrated by Dave McKean. HarperCollins, 2006.

Odd and the Frost Giants. Illustrated by Brett Helquist. HarperCollins, 2009.

Blueberry Girl. Illustrated by Charles Vess. HarperCollins, 2009.

for a list of all Mr. Gaiman’s children’s works, please visit http://www.mousecircus.com/books.aspx

More Information

Gaiman maintains several websites: he keeps a journal of his travels and news and has a separate site for his children’s works. He is also a member of the social networking site Twitter, and there are numerous fan sites devoted to his works.

You can watch a trailer for the movie adaptation of Stardust here:

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