As of late, much has been made of author Neil Gaiman's neck size (Matt Dean, Republican leader of the Minnesota House, recently referred to the author as a "pencil-necked weasel"). And while it's is not mighty and bull-like, it is a perfectly nice neck, particularly since it's attached to such a charming person. This Friday, Gaiman's appearing on the final Wits show of the season. The series is a live MPR program that features chatty storytelling, songs, and conversations of the highest caliber. An award-winning writer, Gaiman's recent hits include an episode of Doctor Who and the young-adult novel The Graveyard Book, which was a recipient of a Newberry Medal. Plus, his extraordinary Sandman graphic novel series continues to endear him to goths and librarians alike. As a longtime advocate of libraries, Gaiman is donating his honorarium to Friends of the St. Paul Library. Musical guest Josh Ritter is a writer's musician; he can count Stephen King among his fans. Perhaps this is because Ritter is celebrated for his song lyrics. He also recently penned his first novel, Bright's Passage. Attendees of the event will have an opportunity to purchase it before it's available to the public on June 28.
Fri., June 24, 8 p.m., 2011