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Neil Gaiman on the spooky art of writing -- EXCLUSIVE

The same day Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean At the End of the Lane hit No. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list the author’s book tour made a stop at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, Ca., where he was joined onstage by Entertainment Weekly’s Geoff Boucher for a lively 80-minute conversation about the spooky art of writing.

Gaiman did a reading from the slender new release and (in a surprise) also from Fortunately, the Milk, an endearingly daft children’s book due in September.

The event, put on by Live Talks LA, is presented in its entirety below and reveals the unexpected path of The Ocean at the End of the Lane and the reason its protagonist resembles the author far more than the central characters in his best-known works, which include Coraline, The Graveyard Book, Stardust, Neverwhere, American Gods and The Sandman series for Vertigo and DC Comics.

Watch John Green's commencement speech: 'Do not worry too much about your lawn' -- VIDEO

Author John Green — famous for The Fault In Our Stars and for making you laugh and then cry — has joined David Foster Wallace, Toni Morrison, and many others on the long list of Authors Giving Commencement Speeches with his address to Butler’s graduating class. Like theirs, Green is mostly warning the audience to not grow up and be terrible. It also comes with advice, such as: “Do not worry too much about your lawn.” And: “Keep reading. Specifically, read my books, ideally in hardcover.” The address is heartfelt and conversational, peppered with asides and references to the Internet — just like Green’s novels. Except this time: no deaths!

The full text of the speech is over on Green’s Tumblr. Watch it in full starting at 1:01:08 (“12 minutes flat, 11:45 if you don’t laugh”) below.


Roger Ebert talks 'Life Itself': 'I wasn't reviewing a movie, I was reviewing myself.'

rare for a movie to so frankly describe itself. Jason X sucks on the levels of storytelling, character development, suspense, special effects, originality, punctuation, neatness and aptness of thought.” All of which is to say that anyone who has ever come across Ebert’s written reviews or TV appearances over the last four decades knows that this man was born with that thing so many writers struggle to find: A voice.

When, after a battle with thyroid cancer, he had to have his jaw removed in 2006, one of the many tragedies was that Ebert lost his ability to speak. And  yet, as fate often strangely goes, it was this very circumstance that ultimately motivated Ebert to give his voice its greatest, most vulnerable chance to shine yet — in his recently released memoir Life Itself. This Tuesday, joined by his wife Chaz and spoken for by his computer voice “Alex,” Ebert sat with New York Times Chief Film Critic A.O. Scott for a TimesTalks about his life, career, and how his darkest days inspired what is the most personal review he has ever written: The review of his own life. READ FULL STORY

On the Scene: The 23rd Annual Lambda Literary Awards

Some of the world’s finest LGBT writers and their admirers turned up at the School of Visual Arts Theater in Manhattan last night for the 23rd Annual Lambda Literary Awards. The ceremony, attended by celebrities like Bryan Batt (Mad Men), former New Jersey governor Jim McGreevey, TV icon Stefanie Powers and hosted by the hilarious Lea DeLaria (“rhymes with ‘malaria'”), honored exceptional queer-themed work in over 20 categories, and the night’s most distinguished honorees, three-time Pulitzer-winner Edward Albee and Scottish crime writer Val McDermid, received the Foundation‘s Pioneer Awards for paving the way for gay authors.

One of the highlights of the evening came when Tony Award-winning playwright Terrence McNally (Kiss of the Spider Woman) presented the Pioneer Award to Albee. “Edward has avoided gay subject matter to such a degree that people have wondered if he is indeed gay,” McNally said. “Well, I’m here to tell you, in no uncertain terms, that he is. I picked Edward up in 1959 at a party … I thought he was gorgeous and sexy.”


Comedian Michael Showalter talks fears, 'Housewives,' and his new book, 'Mr. Funny Pants'

Showalter-MrFunnypantsImage Credit: Showalter: Charles Eshelman/FilmMagicThose who have seen the criminally under-appreciated film Wet Hot American Summer can attest to writer/actor Michael Showalter’s truly unique humor. The same can be said for fans of his various television credits, which include Michael & Michael Have Issues and The Michael Showalter Showalter. The Brooklyn comic (and one-third of the comedy team Stella) has brought his wit to bookshelves everywhere — except approximately 200 Borders locations — with his first book, Mr. Funny Pants. We caught up with he of the humorous trousers to discuss the book as well as his latest foray into viral videos.


'Artemis Rocks!', the Artemis Fowl live show, kicks off next week

Artemis Fowl is going on the road. The beloved teenage criminal supergenius will be coming to a city near you courtesy of “Artemis Rocks!,” a live tour in support of Artemis Fowl: The Atlantis Complex, the seventh and penultimate book in author Eoin Colfer’s popular young-adult series. Colfer will be there himself to deliver a monologue, as well as interview his own creation, who will be played by an actor, naturally. Take a look below at a promo culled from two sneak preview performances, and tell us what you think. Are you into the idea of live shows for novels, like a book tour on steroids? Any other series you’d like to see get this treatment?

'Dancing with Stars' but not authors

dancing-with-starsImage Credit: Craig Sjodin/ABCABC announced the newest cast of Dancing with the Stars Monday night, and today they released the couple pairings for the show’s 11th season. (At the time of this post, readers had voted Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough as the couple to beat! Fellow ‘stars’ watch your backs!)

Anyway, it has come to my attention that DWTS keeps neglecting one important genre of stars—authors! Author Ally Carter took to her blog to comment on this travesty. In 11 seasons with more than 100 stars, none of them have been authors. (This does not count the stars who have book deals, like reality mom Kate Gosselin.)

Even if you don’t watch the show, it’s hard to avoid the casting news each season. And if I’ve learned anything at all by watching week after week, it’s that the producers use the term ‘stars’ loosely. I get it. Dancing with the People You’ve Probably Heard About in the News, Regardless of Star Quality was never really a viable name choice. So I won’t hold that against the ABC powers that be. But I’m not sure I’m comfortable living in a world where Bristol Palin is considered a ‘star’ and a best-selling author is not. And that has nothing to do with politics.

Carter points out that this might be a mere coincidence and not a direct snub of the writers of the world. And she’s right. Maybe J.K Rowling has no interest. Maybe EW’s own Stephen King isn’t quite ready to break out his dancing shoes. Whatever the reason, it doesn’t change the fact that authors are very notably missing from each DWTS lineup.

What author would you want to see strut their dancing stuff in an effort to claim the coveted mirror ball trophy? And who knows? Maybe ABC will take note and make the “write” choice next season. (Sorry. Couldn’t help myself.) Head to the comments below!

A night with the creator of the Baby-sitters Club, Ann M. Martin

The-Summer-BeforeIt’s not often that you get to encounter someone famous that you admired growing up, which is why it was such an honor for me to meet Ann M. Martin, author of the Baby-Sitters Club series, last night.

The Baby-Sitters Club was created 25 years ago, and spawned several spin-offs and sold millions of copies worldwide. The books were about friendship, growing up, and – of course – baby-sitting. Readers were first introduced to the original four BSC members (Kristy Thomas, Claudia Kishi, Stacey McGill and Mary Anne Spier) in Kristy’s Great Idea, and over the years the club expanded to include more sitters from diverse backgrounds – including a boy! READ FULL STORY

Margaret Atwood on ice: What are your favorite literary cameos?

Margaret Atwood, grand dame of Canadian literature, Booker Prize winner, author of The Handmaid’s Tale and The Blind Assassin, has announced her next project: a singing cameo in the upcoming movie Score: A Hockey Musical, starring Olivia Newton-John and Nelly Furtado. What the H-E-Double hockey sticks?

This isn’t the first time an established literary figure has popped up briefly in the world of cinema. Salman Rushdie played an obstetrician who gives Helen Hunt a sonogram in her directorial debut Then She Found Me. (Was he attended by the Satanic Nurses?) Hunter S. Thompson appeared in a drug-induced flashback in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Graham Greene played an insurance salesman in François Truffaut’s Day for Night. And the notoriously public-averse Raymond Chandler had a brief and, for a long time, unknown drop-by in the noir classic Double Indemnity, for which he wrote the screenplay.

Still, among all these, none hold a candle to the greatest literary cameo of all time, one in which the highbrow mingled absurdly with the lowest of the lowbrow. I am, of course, referring to Kurt Vonnegut’s brief turn in Back to School, in which he ghostwrites Rodney Dangerfield’s essay on the work of, yes, Kurt Vonnegut.

It’s hard to top the author of Slaughterhouse-Five appearing opposite the star of Ladybugs — but what’s your favorite writer-on-film moment?

Talking Books: Week of 2/1

Welcome to Talking Books, your table of contents for author appearances. Here’s what’s up this week:


Gayle Haggard, Why I Stayed: The Choices I Made in My Darkest Hour, on The View (ABC, 11 a.m. EST)

John Yoo, Crisis and Command: A History of Executive Power From George Washington to George W. Bush, on Tavis Smiley (PBS, check local listings)


Andrew Young, The Politician, on The View (ABC, 11 a.m. EST)

Atul Gawande, The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right, on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart (Comedy Central, 11 p.m. EST)


Patti Smith, Just Kids, on Tavis Smiley (PBS, check local listings)

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