Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book was recently awarded one of the most prestigious children's literature awards The Newberry Medal. We also put it in our ten favourite books of 2008. It's a great little read designed to be a great little read by an author who's two gifts are to be a master appropriator of myth, legend and history and to have a well considered understanding of his audience, something he has shown since he wrote the very first Sandman comic.
Gaiman is also an astute literary businessman who knows how to portray himself in public and how to promote his work. Indeed, he is a role model for those dreaming of a successful critical and commercial career as a fantasist and children's author. Especially if you dream of having your work adapted to film some day like Gaiman with his Stardust and Coraline made into nicely received movies. I'm guessing The Graveyard Book will follow in the near future.
Still, it was a little surprising to see him appear as a guest on The Colbert Report, who's satirical host, Stephen Colbert is someone who's own book I Am America (And So Can You!) would likely have ended up in our 2007 top ten if we had done one.
Anyways, I enjoyed Neil Gaiman's chat with Stephen Colbert enough to want to share it with you.