Neil Gaiman's last book tour comes to Minnesota this summer

Neil Gaiman's last book tour comes to Minnesota this summer

Award-winning author, cult favorite, prolific blogger/Tweeter, and beekeeper Neil Gaiman will embark on his last U.S. signing tour during this summer to celebrate the release of his latest novel, The Ocean at the End of the Lane. Yesterday, Gaiman announced the first round of tour dates and locations around the country, which includes a pit stop in Minnesota.

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That's right, it will be Gaiman's last book signing tour. The author explained the reason behind the decision late last year on his blog:

I think the OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE tour will be the last actual signing tour I ever do. They're exhausting, on a level that's hard to believe. I love meeting people, but the sixth hour of signing, for people who have been standing in a line for seven hours, is no fun for anybody. (The last proper US signing I did, it lasted over 7 hours and I signed for over 1000 people. I'd suspect a lot of the signings on this tour will be like that, or bigger.)

So I'm going to try and make this tour the glorious last US book signing tour, and then stop doing book signing tours for good.

The work is Gaiman's first novel for adults since the critically-acclaimed Anansi Boys came out in 2005. The Ocean at the End of the Lane is one of the writer's most-highly anticipated efforts, as he has openly admitted that it may very well be his best work yet.

The novel follows a nameless narrator as he returns to his childhood home for a funeral. He wanders the rural England fields he grew up on before stopping at a farm with a pond. But it's not just any pond. Years before, his only childhood friend told him the pond was an ocean, and showed him a part of the universe of with unthinkable power and magic. Filled with memories and heartache, fear and wonder, the novel condenses the best of Gaiman's talents into just under 200 pages for an adventure that rivals some of his greatest work to date.

Edina's Barnes & Noble will host Gaiman at Jefferson High School's auditorium on July 8 at 6 p.m. The Facebook page for the event explains that there will be a numbering or bracelet system used for anyone who wants to attend the reading and signing, though there are no further details. On his blog, Gaiman writes: "The current plan is that I'll sign any copies of The Ocean at the End of the Lane for you, and one or two other things, depending on lines and numbers. This may change."

We'll keep you posted on any new developments about the event.


Neil Gaiman book signing for The Ocean at the End of the Lane
6 p.m. Monday, July 8
Jefferson High School Auditorium

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