Before the tour (and technically before the US release of the book -- although the publisher are being very nice and letting it out just this once): September 27, 2008
Library of Congress National Book Festival
Event: 11:45am - 12:45pm, in the Teens & Children Pavilion
Signing: 1:00pm - 3:00pm, in Tent #16
The Proper US tour starts in New York on Tuesday the 30th. At each US stop, I'm going to read a chapter of The Graveyard Book. I'm going to read them in order. Other things will happen too (we're hoping for some exclusive Coraline footage, for example), and there will be a Q&A and maybe other things. The stops are going to be filmed. Each Chapter that gets read will also be put online by Harpers very soon after it's read (depends mainly on how quickly the footage can be edited and put up online). So you can follow the tour around, and get the book a chapter at a time for free...
September 30, 2008 -
Graveyard Book US Tour: New York
US Publication Day!
Teachers College at Columbia University
Horace Mann Auditorium
525 W. 120th Street
New York, NY 10027
Hosted by Barnes & Noble College. Event is free and open to the public, no tickets needed. Pre-signed books will be available for purchase.
October 1, 2008 -
Graveyard Book US Tour: Philadelphia
Levitt Auditorium in the Gershman Y
401 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Hosted by Borders. Event is free and open to the public, no tickets needed. Pre-signed books will be available for purchase.
October 2, 2008 -
Graveyard Book US Tour: Chicago
Tivoli Theatre, hosted by Andersons Bookshop
5021 Highland Ave
Downers Grove, IL 60515
The venue is beautifully restored 1920s movie palace with seating for 1000. To attend this event, pre-purchase a copy of Neil Gaiman's latest - The Graveyard Book - and a $5.00 event ticket. (The wording of this is a bit odd -- let me find out if you can go with just a ticket. Neil) Autographed copies of the new book will be reserved and waiting for all ticketholders. Neil Gaiman’s presentation will be followed by a screening of the film, Stardust.
October 3, 2008 -
Graveyard Book US Tour: Seattle
1415 NE 43rd St.
Seattle, WA 98105
This venue seats 900. Tickets are free with the purchase of a Graveyard Book voucher; otherwise tickets are $5
October 4, 2008 -
Graveyard Book US Tour: Palo Alto
Sponsored by Kepler's, the Palo Alto City Library and PAUSD
Gunn High School
780 Arastradero Rd.
Palo Alto, CA 94306
This venue seats 950. Event is free and open to the public, no tickets needed.
October 5, 2008 -
Graveyard Book US Tour: San Francisco
Sundance Kabuki Theatre, sponsored by Booksmith
1881 Post Street at Fillmore
San Francisco, CA 94115
This venue seats 500. Tickets for this event cost $28.00, which includes admission to the event and a signed first edition of the Graveyard Book ($19.52 value). Tickets available only at The Booksmith, in person, or by phone, 415-863-8688 or 800-493-7323.
October 6, 2008 –
Chapter 7, part 1 (We had to split it into two because it's over two hours long)
Graveyard Book US Tour: Los Angeles
Lincoln Middle School
1501 California Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Hosted by Barnes & Noble. Event is free and open to the public, no tickets needed. Pre-signed books will be available for purchase.
October 7, 2008 -
Chapter 7, part 2
Graveyard Book US Tour: Boulder, CO
Unity of Boulder Church, sponsored by Boulder Book Store
2855 Folsom St. Boulder, CO 80304
This venue seats 600. Tickets are $6 and may be purchased at the Boulder Book Store or by calling 303-447-2074.
October 8, 2008 –
Graveyard Book US Tour: Minneapolis, MN
Saint Paul's United Church of Christ, hosted by Red Balloon Bookshop
900 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105
This venue seats 1100, and is home to the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. Event is free and open to the public, no tickets needed.
THEN THE UK/EIRE
No full chapters, I'm afraid. But signings and Q&As and suchlike. I'll find out if we can show the Coraline trailer in the UK...
Date: Tuesday 28th October
Place: Church Hill Theatre, Edinburgh
Information: An evening with Neil Gaiman in Edinburgh
Date: Wednesday 29th October
Place: Whitworth Hall, University of Manchester
Information: Manchester University event
Date: Thursday 30th October
O'Connell St, Dublin
Thursday, 30 October 2008
Date: Friday 31st October (Hallowe'en)
Place: Old Theatre, London School of Economics
"Tickets are priced at 8 pounds and 6 pounds (concessions), and will entitle you to 2 pounds off either edition of the book on the night. The book officially goes on sale on the 30th October, so this should be a fun one.
Tickets can be purchased in two ways: come into the shop (Blackwell, 100 Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 0JG), or contact us by phone on 020 7292 5100 and we will send your tickets out to you. We expect the phone lines to be very busy for the first couple of days, so bear with us!"
Website: http://www.blackwell.co.uk/ If you have any questions for now, email email@example.com with 'Gaiman' in the header.
I was talking to Roger Avary today (I bought him a pirated copy of Beowulf in China as a present, and called to let him know) and I asked him how the nearly-nude roller skater of Ojai was doing. (He had pointed her out to me rather proudly when I was in Ojai last year, as she skated around wearing a g-string and pasties in order to draw attention to either herself or to environmental causes or, possibly both. He said she was a town landmark.)
Roger explained, rather sadly, "They ran her out of town back in April."
An hour later I got an email from him, with a link to http://www.katu.com/news/28698464.html, an article from today's paper telling me about Jen-the-nearly-nude-skater's exploits in Oregon.
And I read the line Police here told her to tone it down after construction workers complained and I think my mind might have boggled slightly. It felt like a Mad Magazine "scenes we'd like to see" as the construction workers noticed the young skating lady's near-nudity, and then called the police to complain.