Neil Gaiman Wins Newbery Medal for “The Graveyard Book”!
We just learned today that, yes, moving from England to America has one definite advantage: it makes your writing eligible for the American Library Association’s Newbery Award.
At the National Book Festival last fall, Gaiman called his award-winner “the book that took me the longest to write.” It began with a notion that came to him more than two decades ago. Wouldn’t it be fun, he thought, to write something like Rudyard Kipling’s “The Jungle Books,” except instead of having his protagonist raised by animals, he’d be raised by a graveyard full of ghosts?
“I wrote about a page and a half and I looked at it, and I thought: This is a better idea than I am a writer,” Gaiman said. Eventually he decided “I’m not getting any better” and finished “The Graveyard Book.”
The full story, and other award winners, can be found at the original article here.
(both versions, lest we forget he used to write comics, too) ; )
- Jim Tremlett