NM – Sixteen Legs Screening

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The Jean Cocteau Cinema will host the premiere of Sixteen Legs, a film by Bookend Trust that features Neil Gaiman, author of Sandman and Neverwhere, on Monday, October 3rd at 7:00 PM. Neil and the film creators from Bookend Trust will be at the Cocteau to answer questions! There will also be a fantastic exhibition of spider replicas, sculptures of egg sacs, and much more. Tickets are $15.00 and will be available soon!

Giant prehistoric spiders the size of dinner plates try to find love in the dark. As the world rapidly descends into the next period of global mass extinction, a message of hope comes from an unlikely hero: a creature, often reviled, that has survived previous mass extinctions and climatic change in a magical ecosystem hidden beneath one of the world’s last great wildernesses. With spectacular imagery and a dark-fantasy twist, this is a real-world “Charlotte’s Web,” capitalizing on master storyteller Neil Gaiman’s global popularity to take a story of stability and solitude into our world of rapid change.


This is a never-before-told story of a weird underground world dominated by the love-lives of giant prehistoric spiders the size of dinner plates.

These are still-living prehistoric animals that outlasted the dinosaurs, survived the splitting of the continents, and have endured the entirety of human civilization within some of Australia’s largest and deepest caves. These animals were the first web-spinners on the planet and are at the apex of this extraordinary ecosystem, which in turns influences the wilderness above them.

The documentary has exclusive access to deep research with a global scientific pedigree. The 25th anniversary of research on these giant animals reveals that they break the rules compared to their surface cousins: they have a very unusual mating strategy that allows the males to survive in the dark, their young take 9 months to emerge from the egg-sacs (instead of 6-8 weeks), they have structurally and chemically unique egg structures to allow the eggs and young to develop for so long, and the adult spiders live for decades (instead of 2-3 years).

This story is told from one of the world’s last great wildernesses, a visually stunning and unbelievably beautiful landscape that meets the highest number of criteria for World Heritage Listing of anywhere on the planet.

Filming has been undertaken in some of Australia’s deepest and most spectacular caves. These are ‘Restricted Access’, which means they are not open to the public or media due to the high conservation value of the caves themselves, and the fact that only the most experienced cavers can safely access them (only 72 people are allowed access per year). We have been granted exclusive filming access on the basis of our long history of cave research, and our proven capacity to work in highly fragile and dangerous underground environments. No one else will be able to capture this footage.

The footage has been captured over 4 years in 4K and 5K resolution.

This is a real-life tale of deep science told with a dark fairytale twist by master storyteller and best-selling international author Neil Gaiman (Doctor Who, Coraline). The celebrity and pop-culture appeal of the project is increased with atmospheric vocals from chart-topping Australian singer Kate Miller-Heidke and contributions from Stephen Fry, Tara Moss, Mark Gatiss, Adam Hills, and Polly Adams (daughter of Douglas Adams – author of ‘Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ and ‘Last Chance to See’).

Alongside our work with UTAS, ground-breaking input has also been added from scientific teams in New Zealand, the USA, the UK, Europe and South America – including experts from Oxford University (UK), Cornell University (US) and the American Museum of Natural History discussing an upheaval (“a paradigm shift”) in the previously understood pattern of global spider evolution. This information has been given exclusively to us for the documentary. At a time when we are bombarded by messages of doom and gloom, this is an antidote to excite and inspire modern audiences with the joy of the natural world.

Tickets available at the link…

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Jean Cocteau Cinema
418 Montezuma Ave Santa Fe NM 87501
(505) 992-8783

NYC – Sandman: Overture Signing


Neil Gaiman appears in conversation with Junot Diaz at the Congregation Beth Elohim on Monday, November 9, 2015 at 7:30 PM! Details at the link…

Press Release:

New York Times best-selling writer Neil Gaiman returns to The Sandman with a prequel story to his trailblazing series in The Sandman: Overture Deluxe Edition, out on November 10. Rendered in artist JH Williams III’s lush panoramas, The Sandman: Overture takes readers from the birth of the galaxy to Morpheus’s capture, before the events of The Sandman #1, and sheds new light on Gaiman’s rich mythological canon.

In conversation with novelist and Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Diaz, celebrate the release of Gaiman’s magnum opus with the author. This program is free with RSVP. For the first time in years, Neil will be signing The Sandman after the event. He will only be signing The Sandman Overture Deluxe hardcovers available for sale at this event. Pre-signed books will also be available for purchase from Community Bookstore. 

Congregation Beth Elohim
274 Garfield Place, New York, NY 11215

TX – An Evening with Neil Gaiman


Writer Neil Gaiman (The Sandman, American Gods) appears on Friday, November 13th, 2015 at 8:00 PM at the Long Center in Austin, TX. Gaiman will tell stories and read stories, answer questions, and in his own words “amaze, befuddle and generally delight.”

Details and tickets are available at the link…

The Long Center
701 W Riverside Drive, Austin, TX 78704
(512) 474-5664

PA – An Evening with Neil Gaiman


Join Neil Gaiman at the Tower Theater on Saturday, May 2nd at 8:00 pm for an evening of engaging conversations and stories of his life’s work both past and future, including an open discussion with the audience.

Neil Gaiman is one of fantasy’s most extraordinary innovators. Long considered a top writer of comics, he is also the creator of genre-defying prose, poetry, film, and drama for audiences of all ages. Gaiman’s award-winning works include the #1 New York Times bestselling adult novels The Ocean at the End of the Lane and Anansi Boys, the young adult novel Coraline, the TV series Neverwhere, and the groundbreaking Sandman comics series.

The Doylestown Bookshop has been chosen as the on-site bookseller for this event.

Tickets for sale online. After that tickets available at box office window.

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The Tower Theater
S 69th St at Ludlow St, Upper Darby, Pennsylvania 19082

TX – An Evening with Neil Gaiman


Press Release:

The Odessa Council for the Arts & Humanities, The Friends of the Ector County Library, The Education Foundation of Odessa, and the Odessa College Foundation are pleased to announce that author Neil Gaiman has been selected as the author for One Book Odessa 2015. Mr. Gaiman will appear at the Wagner Noël on May 20th, 2015 at 7pm. This event is free, but tickets are required (convenience charge may apply).

One Book Odessa 2015 book selection and schedule will be announced April 20th, 2015.

Tickets are free, but S/H charges may apply.

About Neil Gaiman:

Gaiman is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty books. His works for adults include Neverwhere (broadcast as a BBC radio adaptation starring Benedict Cumberbatch); Anansi Boys; Good Omens (with Terry Pratchett); and the short story collections Trigger Warning, Smoke and Mirrors, and Fragile Things.

His most recent novel, The Ocean at the End of the Lane , was described by The Guardian as “a book that summons both the powerlessness and wonder of childhood, and the complicated landscape of memory and for getting.” It too was a #1 New York Times bestseller, and was voted Book of the Year in the British National Book Awards. Coraline was adapted as a musical by Stephin Merritt in 2009. Other works for younger readers include The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish (illustrated by longtime collaborator Dave McKean); The Wolves in the Walls (made into an opera by the Scottish National Theatre); Odd and the Frost Giants (written for 2009’s World Book Day, illustrated by Brett Helquist); and The Dangerous Alphabet (illustrated by Gris Grimly).

His most recent children’s book is Fortunately the Milk, another bestseller.

Gaiman has appeared as himself on The Simpsons and an episode of Arthur, and has written for the hit television series Babylon 5.

He has also penned screenplays for the original BBC TV series of Neverwhere; Dave McKean’s first feature film, Mirrormask, for the Jim Henson Company; and co-wrote (with Roger Avary) the script to Robert Zemeckis’s Beowulf. Other of Gaiman’s work has been adapted for film, television, and radio, including Stardust (starring Robert DeNiro and Michelle Pfeiffer); Coraline (an Academy Award nominee and the BAFTA winner for Best Animated Film); Sandman (currently in development as a major motion picture); and American Gods (aforthcoming television series).

Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center
1310 N. FM 1788 Midland, TX

CT – The Ocean at the End of the Lane Signing


Author Neil Gaiman appears at R.J. Julia Booksellers on June 3, 2014 at 4:00 pm for a rare signing event!

Press Release:

A huge thanks and a very special congratulations to all of you who helped us win an event with Neil Gaiman for his exquisite book, The Ocean at the End of the Lane. We hope to see you here! Please note that this is a SIGNING LINE.

A brilliantly imaginative and poignant fairy tale from the modern master of wonder and terror, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is Neil Gaiman’s first new novel for adults since his #1 New York Times bestseller Anansi Boys. This bewitching and harrowing tale of mystery and survival, and memory and magic, makes the impossible all too real…

NEIL GAIMAN is an English author of short fiction, novels, comic books, graphic novels, audio theatre and films. His notable works include the comic book series The Sandman and novels Stardust, American Gods, Coraline, and The Graveyard Book.

Your book, purchased at R.J. Julia is your ticket to the signing line. ***For those customers who have already purchased a hardcover copy of the book during our contest, please contact the store for your signing line ticket. Your name will be confirmed against the purchase history from the contest.***

SPECIAL PROMOTION FOR ATTENDEES ONLY: During the event, we will be taking pre-paid orders for SIGNED copies of Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains (release date: June 17, 2014). Your copy will be available for pick-up ONLY at R.J. Julia after June 17.

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R.J. Julia Booksellers
768 Boston Post Road Madison, CT 06443

NYC – Neil Gaiman Plays Carnegie Hall

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Neil Gaiman appears at Carnegie Hall on Friday, June 27, 2014 at 8 PM!

Presenting a synchronized multimedia storytelling event, Neil Gaiman reads his story The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains. Illustrations are provided by renowned artist Eddie Campbell, with a live underscore by the FourPlay String Quartet. Originally commissioned by the Sydney Opera House for its GRAPHIC Festival, the story will be published on June 17, 2014, by William Morrow, a HarperCollins imprint. Neil Gaiman is a bestselling writer, his work spanning from the Sandman comics to award-winning novels and major feature films.

Tickets are available at the link!

Carnegie Hall
881 7th Ave, New York, NY 10019
(212) 247-7800

CA – An Afternoon with Neil Gaiman

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Neil Gaiman appears at the San Jose Repertory Theatre to receive the Maverick Spirit Award on Sunday, March 9th from 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM! Part of the Cinequest Film Festival

Get tickets ($15.00) at the link!


Often Neil Gaiman’s work gets categorized as Dark Fantasy, because we love dividing and subdividing genres. But Neil’s work strains against such limitations, starting from his first major work in the U.S., The Sandman. He can’t even be limited as a writer, playing in as many different forms as he can – comics, short stories, poetry, novels, and screenplays have all sprung forth from his fertile imagination, yet his earliest writing was as a journalist, profiling the likes of Duran Duran and Douglas Adams. In recent years he has become a producer and a director, all while continually evolving as perhaps his most charming aspect: a true raconteur.

If his own story must have a beginning, it was in Hampshire, U.K., though he currently lives in the U.S. For those early days he describes himself as “…a feral child who was raised in libraries.” Becoming a voracious reader himself, it seems destiny guided him to his role as “Prince of Stories” – the title of a critical retrospective of his work.

Though he seeped into our consciousness with an ad in DC Comics declaiming “I will show you terror in a handful of dust,“ it was wonder, not terror, that dawned, as mythologies old and new were turned on their heads and woven into an original epic that he revisits from time to time. Neil awakened readers to things we must have always known, but somehow we needed him to give us the words.

In collaboration with Terry Pratchett, he offered us Good Omens. He wrote of Fragile Things and American Gods with equal weight; after all, he made us realize they are the same.

And he inspires wonder for all ages. While he has taken adults to he reminds young and old to seek magic in Stardust. For the very young, he taught The Dangerous Alphabet and remembered The Day I Swapped My Dad For Two Goldfish.

Neil’s work gracefully straddles the media. Neverwhere began as a BBC teleplay before becoming a novel and a graphic novel, and this year has been re-imagined as a radio drama. Coraline has become both a stop-motion animated film and a stage musical, while The Wolves in the Walls expanded into an opera. At the request of the Jim Henson Company, Neil co-created the film Mirrormask, directed by his frequent collaborator, artist Dave McKean. (Their Mr. Punch has not yet left the page, but with Neil, it’s only a matter of time.)

Perhaps fulfilling a dream of that feral child in the library, Neil even wrote an episode of Doctor Who in 2011, “The Doctor’s Wife.” There’s more, of course, including a bestselling novel in 2013, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, but Neil is also busy in other media. Having turned producer for the film Stardust, he has also directed two short films himself, one starring his wife, musician Amanda Palmer.

San Jose Repertory Theatre
101 Paseo De San Antonio Walk, San Jose, CA 95113
(408) 367-7255

MA – Ocean at the End of the Lane Signing

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Neil Gaiman signs at the First Parish Church in Harvard Square on Saturday July 13th at 6:00 pm!

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Press Release:

Join Porter Square Books (25 White Street, Cambridge, MA 02140-1413) for a reading and signing with Neil Gaiman, author of the new novel The Ocean at the End of the Lane.

This event will take place at the First Parish Church in Harvard Square and is a ticketed event.

SOLD OUT Tickets are $5 each and will be available in-store only starting on June 18th, the official release date for The Ocean at the End of the Lane, limit of 4 tickets per person.

A brilliantly imaginative and poignant fairy tale from the modern master of wonder and terror, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is Neil Gaiman’s first new novel for adults since his #1 New York Times bestseller Anansi Boys.


First Parish Church
1446 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 876-7772

MN – Ocean at the End of the Lane Signing

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Author Neil Gaiman appears for a reading and signing on Monday July 8, 2013 at 6:00 PM!

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Press Release:

From one of the world’s most beloved storytellers, New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman, comes his first adult novel in eight years, The Ocean at the End of the Lane. Join us for a reading and signing at Jefferson High School in Bloomington.

Special Instructions
Wristbands are required for entry to this event and will be available beginning at 9:00 am on June 18 at Barnes & Noble Galleria (3225 W 69th, Edina, MN 55435) only. Wristbands are free with the purchase of The Ocean at the End of the Lane. A limited number will be available.

About this Author
Novelist Neil Gaiman has sent a British businessman tumbling into a fantastic underworld and had a devil and angel comically conspiring to thwart the Apocalypse. He found his biggest success, though, in Death, Dreams and Destruction — and the four other similarly named siblings who controlled the reins of the human race’s emotional impulses in his graphic-novel series The Sandman, a wholesale rejuvenation of graphic fiction that had everyone from Tori Amos to Norman Mailer spinning with, yes, Delirium.

Jefferson High School Auditorium
4001 West 102nd Street, Bloomington, MN 55437

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