Neil Gaiman writes novels, comics, picture books, scripts, articles, and poetry, but in each genre he is first and foremost a storyteller. His epic bestseller American Gods makes actual sense of the local roadside attraction the House on the Rock—which in itself is an astonishing feat of mythopoetic imagination. He'll be reading from his newest novel, The Graveyard Book, a riff on Kipling's Jungle Book. The orphaned protagonist is raised, not by wolves in the jungle, but in a graveyard by the dead. The book is technically for "middle grade" readers, though Gaiman admits that the first chapter is quite possibly the scariest thing he's ever written.
Wed., Oct. 8, 7 p.m., 2008