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Friday, May 20

Just Announced! Neil Gaiman

Tickets on sale 5/19 to members,
6/1 to general public
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The Music Hall and NH Public Radio present
Writers on a New England Stage

Neil Gaiman

“one of the top ten living post-modern writers”
Wednesday, June 22, 7:30pm
Presenting the 10th Anniversary Edition of
American Gods, the New York Times bestseller
Vouchers for autographed books on sale -
discounted 10% when purchased in advance
Writers on a New England Stage, the celebrated author series presented by The Music Hall and New Hampshire Public Radio in collaboration with Yankee Magazine and RiverRun Bookstore, announced bestselling author Neil Gaiman will take the stage on Wednesday, June 22, 2011, to discuss the just-released anniversary edition of his classic bestseller American Gods.     
Neil Gaiman is listed in the Dictionary of Literary Biography as one of the top ten living post-modern writers, and is a prolific creator of works of prose, poetry, film, journalism, comics, song lyrics, and drama. He has long been one of the top writers in comics, and also writes books for readers of all ages.
His New York Times bestselling 2001 novel for adults, American Gods, was awarded the Hugo, Nebula, Bram Stoker, SFX, and Locus awards, was nominated for many other awards, including the World Fantasy Award and the Minnesota Book Award, and appeared on many best-of-year lists.
Gaiman’s children’s novel Coraline, published in 2002, was also a New York Times and international bestseller and an enormous critical success; it won the Elizabeth Burr/ Worzalla, the BSFA, the Hugo, the Nebula, and the Bram Stoker awards. Director Henry Selick made the film “Coraline,” with music provided by the band They Might Be Giants.
Said Writers on a New England Stage Executive Producer Patricia Lynch, “Neil Gaiman is a proflic genius, a true master in the world of fantasy, which exists in dreams, nightmares and life’s strange and beautiful encounters.  We look forward to welcoming him to Writers on a New England Stage, with all his wit and scary beauty with his spectacular book American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition.  Put simply, I can’t wait, it’s making my teeth hurt.” 

Tickets to Writers on a New England Stage: Neil Gaiman will go on sale to Music Hall members on Thursday, May 19, at noon.  Ticket sales will open to the public on Wednesday June 1 at noon. Vouchers for books signed by the author will also go on sale at that time. 

About the 2010-2011 Writers on a New England Stage series

Writers on a New England Stage was created by executive producer Patricia Lynch, also executive director of The Music Hall, and is presented in partnership with New Hampshire Public Radio and in collaboration with Yankee Magazine and Portsmouth’s independent RiverRun Bookstore. Since 2005, the series has spotlighted a broad range of celebrated authors including Alan Alda, Mitch Albom, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Dan Brown, Isabel Allende, Stephen King, Barbara Kingsolver, E.L. Doctorow, Anita Diamant, Madeleine Albright, the late John Updike, Wally Lamb, Jodi Picoult, Greg Mortenson, and Cokie Roberts.

Next up in the series Writers on a New England Stage is Ann Patchett, the New York Times bestselling author of Bel Canto, with her new novel, STATE OF WONDER, on Friday, June 10, at 7:30pm. Author David McCullough will follow Neil Gaiman’s evening, visiting with his book THE GREATER JOURNEY: Americans in Paris, 1830-1900 on Thursday, June 23 at 7:30pm. Following McCullough, author Ben Mezrich will take the stage on Thursday, July 21, at 7:30pm.  The author of Accidental Billionaire(the basis of the movie The Social Network) will present his new work of nonfiction, SEX ON THE MOON.  Each author’s presentation is followed by an interview with Virginia Prescott, host of New Hampshire Public Radio’s “Word of Mouth.”  Live music is performed by the award-winning house band Dreadnaught.  The live shows are rebroadcast on New Hampshire Public Radio’s noontime program “Word of Mouth.” 

Book Clubs and High School Guests of The Music Hall

At each Writers event, The Music Hall hosts local high school students selected by their teachers, who come free of charge to the event and get an opportunity to meet the author.  The Music Hall welcomes local book clubs attending on the night to take part in a drawing to be guests at a private backstage book signing/reception with the featured writer.  For more information on how to join theWriters on a New England Stage book club list and drawing, email Associate Producer Margaret Talcott at mtalcott@themusichall.org.  Interested high school and middle teachers can contact Outreach Coordinator Chris Curtis at ccurtis@themusichall.org
Tickets and Signed Books
Tickets to Writers on a New England Stage:  Neil Gaiman are $13 ($11 for members of The Music Hall), available through The Music Hall Box Office, located at 28 Chestnut Street, Portsmouth, over the phone at 603-436-2400 or online at www.themusichall.org.  Autographed copies of AMERICAN GODS (hardback edition) are available on the evening at The Music Hall or in the days following at RiverRun Bookstore.  Books are $26.99 when reserved in advance through the purchase of a voucher at The Music Hall box office or at RiverRun Bookstore at 20 Congress Street in downtown Portsmouth.  Signed books can be purchased on the evening for the full retail price of $24.30. The producers ask for patrons’ support of this vibrant series through the purchase of books through The Music Hall and/or RiverRun Bookstore.
Writers on a New England Stage Series Sponsors: Auger Building Company, Inc.; Best Western Wynwood Hotel & Suites; Calypso Communications; New England Audio Tech, LLC ; Piscataqua Landscaping Company Incorporated; RMC Research Corporation; and Haunted Milk Design.
About The Music Hall
The Music Hall is a performing arts powerhouse featuring curated entertainment from around the world in two theaters in its downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire, campus - one, a landmark 1878 Victorian theater, the other the intimate Music Hall Loft around the corner from the Historic Theater. Acclaimed signature series bring top authors and artists to both stages, while HD broadcasts and independent film fill both screens. Two radio shows broadcast on NH Public Radio originate here. This dynamic arts center urges patrons to Explore + Learn via master classes, post film panel discussions, and matinees for children. An anchor cultural organization in this historic working seaport, The Music Hall is one of downtown Portsmouth’s biggest employers and largest contributors to the regional economy. The Music Hall is 501c3 nonprofit managed by a professional staff with the assistance of a volunteer board.  Though global in the scope of its artists and programs, The Music Hall operates independently with the support of 3,000 members, 300 business supporters and 40 community partners.  Welcoming more than 100,00o patrons (including 20,000 children) each year from the tri-state area and beyond, The Music Hall is the region’s center for the performing arts, literature and education…easy to get to, impossible to forget.
“the beating cultural heart of New Hampshire’s Seacoast” – Boston Globe
About the book – from publisher William Morrow
First published in 2001, American Gods became an instant classic—an intellectual and artistic benchmark from the master of innovative fiction, Neil Gaiman. Now, to mark the tenth anniversary of this modern masterpiece’s original publication, William Morrow is proud to present this special edition. AMERICAN GODS: The Tenth Anniversary Edition  will consist of a new introduction from the author, the author’s preferred text—an additional 12,000 words throughout—and a bonus scene.
Shadow dreamed of nothing but leaving prison and starting a new life. But the day before his release, his wife and best friend are killed in an accident. Flying to the funeral, he meets Mr. Wednesday—a beguiling stranger who seems to know everything about the ex-convict. A trickster and rogue, Wednesday offers the grieving and vulnerable Shadow a job as his bodyguard. With his life in pieces and nothing to keep him tethered, Shadow accepts. Yet he soon learns that his role in Wednesday’s scheme is far darker and more dangerous than anything he’s ever known. For beneath the placid surface of everyday life a storm is brewing—a war for the very soul of America—and Shadow is in its direct path.
A modern phantasmagoria that “distills the essence of America” (Seattle Post-Intelligencer), American Gods combines the spiritual and the commercial, the mythical and the mundane, the familiar and the fantastic. Relevant and prescient, it is an outstanding work of literary imagination that will endure for generations.

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