Neil Gaiman, award-winning author of <i>Sandman</i> and <i>American Gods</i> to appear at the University of Chicago
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Neil Gaiman, award-winning author of Sandman and American Gods to appear at the University of Chicago

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The University of Chicago Presidential Fellows in the Arts series will present graphic novelist and writer Neil Gaiman on Tuesday, April 19, at 7 p.m. in Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Ave. on the University of Chicago campus. Creator of Sandman, described by Norman Mailer as “a comic strip for intellectuals,” Gaiman will engage in a conversation with Gretchen Helfrich, host of Chicago Public Radio’s daily talk show Odyssey.

Please note: Tickets for the presentation are sold out. There is a possibility that a limited number of tickets may be released for sale on Monday, April 18 after 10AM.  Anyone interested in procuring tickets for this event should plan to call the ticket line at 773-702-8080 after 10AM on Monday, April 18.

Immediately following the presentation, Gaiman will participate in a book signing at the University’s Smart Museum of Art, adjacent to Court Theatre at 5550 S. Greenwood Ave., where ticket holders will be able to purchase Gaiman’s books and meet the author.

The Presidential Fellows in the Arts is a new program that seeks to showcase the dynamic interplay between artistic theory and practice that takes place at the University of Chicago and to foster the vitality of the arts on its campus. The program brings to the University a varied roster of distinguished artists from all arts disciplines for short residencies. These include a public presentation as well as a more intimate educational program for University students and faculty such as a workshop, seminar or master class. Each residency is organized and presented in collaboration with University departments, centers and arts organizations. The program’s inaugural presentation earlier this month brought actor and playwright Anna Deavere Smith to campus for a performance of her latest work and a discussion with students in the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture. Gaiman’s April residency is presented in collaboration with the Committee on Creative Writing at the University of Chicago.

During his 20-year-career, Gaiman has been one of the top writers in modern comics. He was the creator and writer of the monthly cult DC Comics horror series Sandman, which won 12 Eisner Comic Industry Awards and a World Fantasy Award for best short story, making it the first comic ever to receive a literary award. The Los Angeles Times called the series “the greatest epic in the history of comic books.” Sandman was introduced in 1988 and ran 75 issues until Gaiman chose to end the story in 1996; at the time it was DC Comics’ best-selling monthly at more than a million copies a year. Re-introduced in 2003, the graphic novel Sandman: Endless Nights continues the saga, reaching a wider audience than ever.

Gaiman also is a movie and television screenwriter, a journalist and a best-selling novelist. Called by Forbes magazine “the best-selling author you never heard of,” he has written more than a dozen books, including the internationally best-selling novel American Gods, which won the 2002 Bram Stoker Award, the Hugo Award and the Nebula Award for best novel; Neverwhere, originally a BBC television series; the children’s book The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish; Stardust; Angels and Visitations; Good Omens; The Dream Hunters and Smoke and Mirrors: Short Fictions and Illusions. His most recent book, Coraline, a young adult novel that debuted on The New York Times bestseller list, was named the best novella by the British Science Fiction Association and won the 2003 Nebula Award. His English-language script for the Japanese film Princess Mononoke also was nominated for a Nebula Award. Gaiman also serves on the Board of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, an organization that works to protect the First Amendment rights of comic book creators, publishers and retailers. His personal Web site,, was singled out by CNN for “reinventing the marketing of a novel.”

Tickets for Gaiman’s University of Chicago appearance – $15 general and $5 for students with valid University ID – will go on sale Monday, March 28, via phone (773-702-8080), email ( or in person Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Box Office, 5720 S. Woodlawn Ave. Persons with disabilities who believe that they may need assistance may call in advance of the event, 773-702-8080.

The University of Chicago Presidential Fellows in the Arts Series is made possible through the generosity of the Arts Planning Council and the Office of the President at the University of Chicago. For more information about Gaiman, the series or the arts at the University of Chicago, visit
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