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Mind Openers: Flights of Fancy


By Bethany Powers '11

Published Jan 1, 2010 9:00 AM


Gaiman's fantasy/horror novel Coraline was made into the 2009 suprise hit film featuring stop-motion animation.

Neil Gaiman, Renaissance writer, has no intention of sticking with just one genre. Take a peek at even a few of the author/screenwriter's accomplishments, and you'll see how widely his creativity has spread. And when he speaks at Royce Hall on Feb. 4, he's going to encourage his audience to do just that — use their imagination and allow their inner creativity to escape and be shared.

Gaiman has written everything from best-selling adult fiction to award-winning children's books to acclaimed comics. 2001's American Gods and 2005's Anansi Boys both appeared on The New York Times' bestseller list. He is considered one of the top-10 living post-modern writers, according to the Dictionary of Literary Biography. His children's book, The Graveyard Book, published in 2008, received the Newbery Medal, which honors the best in children's literature.

The Sandman series he created and wrote for DC Comics also enjoyed great success, winning nine Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, including "Best Writer." The series also broached the literary world, winning the World Fantasy Award for best short story — a first for a comic.

Gaiman also co-wrote the screenplay for Beowulf, which featured actors Angelina Jolie and Anthony Hopkins, and his film Mirror-Mask was shown at the Sundance Film Festival in 2005. He is also a journalist, with stories appearing in The London Sunday Times, and he's been a book reviewer for The New York Times and Washington Post Book World.

Neil Gaiman. Thursday, Feb. 4, 8 p.m. Royce Hall. Tickets: $48, $36, $24. For information, call (310) 825-4401 or visit