Monday, March 7, 2011

Chicago Is Neverwhere

Twice each year for the past 10 years Chicago had done a group book group where everyone in the city is asked to read the same title.  This is known as One Book, One Chicago.

Next is Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere.  What a great selection!  For those of you who are willing to travel to see Neil Gaiman, and we know that a lot of you are (and we know that it's worth it), he'll be presenting at two events in Chicago next month.

There are lots of other events revolving around Neverwhere.  How cool is this!

From the Chicago Now website:

Upcoming Special Events Related to Neverwhere.

Neil Gaiman and author Audrey Niffenegger will participate in "A Conversation on Stage" at the Harold Washington Library Center's Cindy
Pritzker Auditorium.  Free event, April 12, 6p.m. 400 S. State St.

Gaiman will give a solo talk and reading from "Neverwhere" at the Rockerfeller Memorial Chapel at the University of Chicago.  Free event, April 13, 7p.m. 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave.

A discussion of modern fairy tales between authors Lydia Millet (How the Dead Dream) and Kate Bernheimer (editor of My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me: Forty New Fairy Tales, to which Gaiman was a contributor) will take place at the Harold Washington Library on April 7. 

A full reading of Lifeline Theatre's stage adaptation of "Neverwhere" will be performed on April 11.

Physicist Lawrence Krauss will host an exploration of the possibility of "Parallel Universes" (such as London Above and London Below) on April 20 at the Harold Washington Library Center.

A Neverwhere-focused tour of Chicago's Pedway with guide Margaret Hicks, date/dates, TBA.

Courses and Contests. 
DePaul University is offering a variety of One Book, One Chicago related events, including a discussion of the rise of the graphic novel and a Neverwhere-themed art contest.

DePaul University's English Department is offering a ten-week course, "Literature and Social
Engagement - Chicago's One Book: Issues and Perspectives
," a course dedicated to the close study of the current One Book selection taught by Rebecca Johns Trissler.

Special Programs for Young Adults.
Chicago Public Library's YOUmedia will connect young adults with "Neverwhere", related books, technologies and cultural events through a series in interactive workshops.

For more information about One Book, One Chicago, please visit the website or call the Chicago Public Library Press Office at (312) 747-4050.

- Dave

1 comment:

Heather J. said...

...moving to Chicago now...