Stop the presses. Neil Gaiman is coming to Miami to speak and sign books. The event is being put on by Books & Books, the best independent bookstore in Florida (if not the universe). The date is June 23rd, which happens to be my birthday. The only thing that makes sense to me is that the geek gods have granted me a birthday wish after years of successfully huffing out all of my candles. It works out for everyone, though, as it seems that I’m not the only one the event is open to. You can all come!
I listened to Neil speak at SXSW this year, and it was one of the highlights of my book tour. The man is an inspiration to me and so many others, not just as readers but as artists. He is a pioneer in the joy of giving away one’s work and seeing that rewarded by a growing readership. His wife is also an inspiration who shares many of his philosophies. Two speeches you simply MUST see follow, one is a commencement address Neil gave two years ago, and the other is from his wife, Amanda Palmer, a musician who gave one of the best TED talks you’ll ever see: