“Neverwhere” by Neil Gaiman is the new One Book, One Chicago!

The Chicago Public Library runs an awesome city-wide program called “One Book, One Chicago,” which focuses attention across my beloved City of Wind on a great piece of literature.

In the past, they’ve picked really fantastic books, but this time around they’ve simply outdone themselves.

Neil Gaiman’s “Neverwhere” is the new selection, and CPL has lined up a bunch of great events for spring 2011.

The full list of events is available here, but I thought I’d call out a couple particularly exciting ones.

(Stolen with all the love in the world from Chicago Public Library’s website.)

Monday, April 11, 6:00 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.

Harold Washington Library Center, Cindy Pritzker Auditorium
400 S. State Street
Chicago’s Lifeline Theatre dedicates itself to literary adaptation and was lauded by critics, fans and Neil Gaiman himself last spring when they brought Neverwhere to their stage. Join the original cast for a full reading of the play, which was adapted for the stage by Robert Kauzlaric. The reading will be followed by a brief talk-back with Kauzlaric and his fellow actors, director Paul S. Holmquist and Lifeline Artistic Director Dorothy Milne.

Tuesday, April 12, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.*

Harold Washington Library Center, Cindy Pritzker Auditorium
400 S. State Street
Gaiman is joined by visual artist and writer Audrey Niffenegger (Her Fearful Symmetry, The Time Traveler’s Wife) for a conversation about imagination and creativity.

Wednesday, April 13, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.*

Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, University of Chicago
5850 S. Woodlawn Avenue
Join us to hear from @neilhimself (as his over 1.5 million Twitter followers know him) about writing, life, art and what became of Richard Mayhew.
Presented in partnership with the University of Chicago’s Rockefeller Memorial Chapel

Being one who reads Mr. Gaiman, follows him on the twitters, and has a near-obsession with “Coraline” I’m over the moon about this selection and the awesome line-up of events. More to come!

Just as Chicago inspired Neverwhere, it has always embraced Neverwhere, and I am grateful. It was in Chicago that Neverwhere first became a theatrical performance (a show that has now begun to travel the world), and now it is Chicago that is the first city to make Neverwhere its One Book.  I like the idea of One Book. Books are unique experiences, reader to reader, after all. Each of us builds a different world out of the words we have been given by the author. But with all those differences, it is still the same book, still a perfect place to begin a conversation with a stranger, still a shared experience.  This is my fantasy: that everyone in Chicago reads Neverwhere. Everyone. All the people in Chicago Above, and even (because we know they are there) the shadowy figures of Chicago Below, who have stepped out of legend long enough to read about Richard Mayhew, and to learn, as Richard does, that it all starts with doors.” – Neil Gaiman.


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