You know those dorky superfanboy/girl that show up to readings, shows, or appearances hours before it’s supposed to begin? Umm, that was me this past weekend.
Neil Gaiman gave a reading at the Cleveland library as part of their Writers and Readers series. I’ve been a huge fan of his work for a long time – no way I was going to miss this, my hatred of driving notwithstanding. I got to the venue rather early because I had expected to get lost on the way there – my sense of direction is unerring! A lot of other people may have had the same problem –
The reading was fabulous! Neil Gaiman read from the Graveyard Book, and Odd and the Frost Giants. He is a really good interpreter of his work – you could definitely discern the nuances of the different characters. Also, I want to marry his accent.
There was a signing afterwards. I don’t think the event organizers expected quite a turn-out. I heard later that about a thousand people turned out (the auditorium seats about 600), and people had to be turned away. The signing was a bit chaotic – it was essentially a free for all in the beginning, with the requisite line-jumpers, loud super-stalkerfans, and people trying to get their entire Neil Gaiman library signed. Still, it was a mostly laid-back, patient crowd.
When it was my turn, he had to replace the inkwell on his fountain pen ( I love that he still uses fountain pens!) – and that’s when ny new friend Bonnie snapped this picture. The signing was supposed to end an hour after the reading, but Mr. Neil was really generous and kept signing for a couple more hours, signing for everyone in line.
What did I get signed?