Neil Gaiman (Sasha Maslov/The New York Times)

Spending An Evening with Neil Gaiman was the experience of a lifetime. He inspired, entertained and made the thousand of us sitting rapt in the dark feel like we were all friends.

I took audio of the entire event from applause to applause, but Gaiman is so soft spoken it’s hard to hear him. I’ll be working with my amazing daughter later today to see if we can’t enhance his voice.

Until then, some of the highlights of the evening were…

  • Gaiman reading about the importance of libraries and a literate society.
  • Gaiman telling what it was like to have a child, Ash, who Gaiman describes as “weird.”
  • Gaiman reading “Freya’s Unusual Wedding” from his bestselling Norse Mythology.
  • Gaiman answering questions from the audience like “What is your favorite retired tube station?” and “How did the punk rock scene effect your writing?”
  • When Gaiman told an anecdote about how he had felt at David Bowie’s passing.
  • Before he left, he read an as yet unpublished poem he had written for his wife, Amanda Palmer.

In lieu of my own recording being ready to post, I leave you with a video of Neil Gaiman reading “Freya’s Unusual Wedding” from his bestselling Norse Mythology.

By Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is a third-generation Ryukyuan-American, award-winning poet, author, and publisher with 20+ years in newspapers. Publisher of Space & Time magazine (est. 1966), two-time Bram Stoker Awards® Winner, and HWA Mentor of the Year, she shares Authortunities, a free weekly calendar of author opportunities at

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