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Best of the National Book Festival: Neil Gaiman, 2008

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Welcome to our ongoing celebration of the Library of Congress National Book Festival. Each weekday, we will feature a video presentation from among the thousands of authors who have appeared at the National Book Festival and as part of our new year-long series, National Book Festival Presents. Mondays will feature topical nonfiction; Tuesday: poetry or literary fiction; Wednesday: history, biography, memoir; Thursday: popular fiction; and Friday: authors who write for children and teens. Please enjoy, and make sure to explore our full National Book Festival video collection!

For more than three decades, Neil Gaiman has been a top writer of fantasy and a best-selling novelist the world over. His work has appeared in translation in more than 19 countries, and nearly all of his novels, graphic and otherwise, have been optioned for films.

Gaiman came to the Teens & Children stage of the 2008 Library of Congress National Book Festival. Michael Dirda, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The Washington Post Book World, introduces the author, whose new work at the time was “The Graveyard Book.” “This is the book that took me the longest to write,” says Gaiman. Q&A begins at 20:30.

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