August 11 – (Relaxnews)
The children’s book, The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman, took The Hugo Award for best novel on August 10 in Montreal, Canada at the World Science Fiction Convention.
Since the top award for Best Science Fiction has been given to adult fiction since the award was first presented in 1953, this award may bring the book to the attention of an adult audience.
The Graveyard Book is a haunting and humorous tale of magic and murder that follows a child named Nobody Owens, who escapes from ancient assassins into an abandoned graveyard, where he finds protection by its spirits.
Gaiman has also written well-received adult novels, including American Gods, and comics such as the Sandman series for DC Comics. His children’s classic, Coraline, was made into a popular movie this year.
The Graveyard Book (HarperCollins; Bloomsbury UK) also won the Peabody Medal for best children’s book this year.
Author Gaiman’s upcoming appearances include:
• Edinburgh International Book Festival, August 19-20
• Harbour Front Festival/Hamburg Literature event, September 18
• Cleveland Library Writers & Readers series, October 4