Lorna bought tickets for the signing at the Michigan Theater. We left early so we wouldn't miss a thing! We started by walking around the U of M Union Building (to see where John F. Kennedy announced the Peace Corp). Then off to dinner, passing Graffiti Alley. And finally, the Michigan Theatre.
|Lorna at the Peace Corp benchmark|
|Plague on The Union wall|
|Close-up of the benchmark|
|Lorna and Corey at The Union|
|Me and the Sandman|
Although we arrived early, Neil was very late. His flight had been delayed by the Asiana flight that had crashed in San Francisco. I've worked bookstore "signing events" for years, but I've never seen a more relaxed and excited crowd then this group of 1700 fans sitting in a hot theater, in close quarters for over 2 hours. Neil arrived gracious and apologetic - he went right into his reading. It was SO worth it.
|1700 fans waiting in good spirits|
Several hours later, we finally had our autographs. When I reached Neil, I welcomed him to Michigan and said that I had hoped we had treated them well. He enclosed my hand in his warm, big ones and said he was so grateful for such a warm Michigan welcome and that he couldn't believe how that we all waited so patiently.
|Lining up for the signing|
|Orderly and excited|
|Signing Ocean at the End of the Lane|
If you have never experienced a Neil Gaiman book, it is particularly enjoyable read by the author. Here is a free link to Neil reading Chivalry (the same story he read in person at the signing). Enjoy!