On Wednesday I attended Neil Gaiman‘s book signing for his new novel The Ocean at the End of the Lane. He and Erin Morgenstern, author of The Night Circus, talked for about an hour, he read from Ocean, and he answered questions from the audience. (During the Q&A, it turned out that Neil’s daughter Maddie was in attendance, asking him the question, “How many of your ideas are stolen from your kids?”)
Neil was funny, clever, and insightful – an altogether engaging speaker. The fact that Erin Morgenstern was also there was a wonderful surprise. She was a great host, and she generously stayed long after the talk was over to sign books.
This is Neil’s last book signing tour, and it’s easy to see why. When I finally made it up to the stage to get my books signed, nearly an hour after the show had ended, Neil told me that he felt brain-dead. And half the theater was still waiting their turn! He said that he knows book signing tours make people happy, but he was glad this was his last one. Even though it was clearly an exhausting event for Neil, I’m grateful to have had this chance (probably my last) to meet him and get my copies of Ocean and Neverwhere personalized.