The 33rd Annual McFadden Memorial Lecture featuring Neil Gaiman was held Friday, April 16th, 2010, 7:00 pm at North Central High School.

Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman
(Photo credit: Sophie Quach)

About Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman has been feeding the imaginations of fantasy lovers for two decades. His work often draws on legends, myths, and folk tales from around the world, seamlessly blending them with modern sensibilities to create fables for today's audience.

In 1989, he came to prominence with Sandman, a horror/fantasy series centered on the King (and personification) of Dreams. Issue #19 of Sandman won the 1991 World Fantasy Award for Short Story.

His adult novels consistently make assorted bestseller lists. American Gods was the recipient of the Bram Stoker, SFX, Locus, Hugo, and Nebula awards. Gaiman's books for children have likewise garnered numerous accolades: The Graveyard Book won the John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature; The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish won Newsweek's Best Children's Book award; and Coraline made the New York Times bestseller list and won the Hugo, the Bram Stoker, and Nebula awards.

The author will not be signing copies of his works but free commemorative book plates will be available. Book sales will be provided by Kids Ink children's bookstore.

This year, the Library Foundation is proud to receive additional support from the estates of Jack A. and Edith L. Hunter, whose gifts were made in memory of Edith's sisters, Elizabeth I. Evans and Gladys Evans Grandy, teachers whose working lives were devoted to the Indianapolis Public Elementary Schools.

For more than 20 years, Neil Gaiman has been a writer of comics and a best-selling novelist for kids, teens and adults. He was the creator-writer of the DC Comics series Sandman, which won many awards, including a World Fantasy Award.

He is the author of the critically acclaimed American Gods, awarded the Hugo, Nebula, Bram Stoker, SFX and Locus awards, and his novel Stardust was a winner of the American Library Association's Alex Award as one of 2000's top 10 adult novels for young adults.

His children's books include the international best-selling novel Coraline, a winner of the Bram Stoker Award and the Hugo Award and The Graveyard Book winner of the 2009 Newbery Medal. He lives near Minneapolis.

Books by Neil Gaiman

For adults


For teens and kids


Interview with Neil Gaiman

Author Neil Gaiman is interviewed by Jon Barnes of Indianapolis Public Library before speaking at the Library's annual McFadden Memorial Lecture Series on April 16, 2010.