My son, whose favorite novel ever is "Good Omens," is a freshman planning to major in Theater and Performance at Bard College, and we're both over the moon about this bit of news. We saw Neil & Amanda Palmer perform at Bard this past spring, when Amanda was an artist-in-residence. Now we're wondering whom to bribe and how to get into one of Neil's classes! It's enough to make me want to go back to college myself.
RENOWNED WRITER NEIL GAIMAN TO JOIN
BARD COLLEGE FACULTY AS PROFESSOR IN THE ARTS
ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—Bard College announces the appointment of Neil Gaiman as
Professor in the Arts. Gaiman, who joins the College in the spring semester of 2014 as a member of the Theater and Performance faculty, will teach courses across the Division of the Arts and the Division of Languages and Literature. His first course will be an advanced writing workshop exploring the history of the fantastic, approaches to fantasy fiction, and the meaning of fantasy today,
taught through the Written Arts Program and the Experimental Humanities concentration.
Neil Gaiman is listed in the Dictionary of Literary Biography as one of the top ten living postmodern writers and is a prolific creator of works of prose, poetry, film, journalism, comics, song lyrics, and drama. His work crosses genres and reaches audiences of all ages. His most recent adult novel, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is a #1 New York Times Bestseller; other adult works include Neverwhere, Stardust, Anansi Boys, and Good Omens (with Terry Pratchett); the awardwinning
Sandman series of graphic novels; and the short story collections Smoke and Mirrors and
Fragile Things. His novels for younger readers include Coraline and The Graveyard Book, which
was awarded the Newbery Medal, the highest honor given children’s literature, as well as the Locus Award for Best Young Adult Book and the Hugo Award for Best Novel. The awarding of the 2010 UK Carnegie Medal makes Gaiman the first author ever to win both the Newbery Medal and the Carnegie Medal with the same book. His most recent book, Fortunately, the Milk (“the funniest work of literature since Catcher in the Milk”) has been on bestseller lists since publication, and a recent reading and performance of the entire book sold out Central Hall in Westminster. His work has been adapted for film, television, and radio, including Stardust (2007), directed by Matthew
Vaughan, and the animated feature film Coraline (2009), which secured a BAFTA nomination for
Best Animated Film and was nominated for an Oscar in the same category. In March 2013, BBC
Radio broadcast a new six-episode production of Neverwhere, with a star-studded cast that includes James McAvoy, David Harewood, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Romola Garai. Gaiman has written and directed for film and television, and his 2011 episode of Doctor Who, “The Doctor’s Wife,” caused The Times (London) to describe him as “a hero” and won the Hugo, Ray Bradbury, and SFX awards. Make Good Art, the text of a commencement speech Gaiman delivered at Philadelphia’s University of the Arts, was published in a volume designed by renowned artist Chip Kidd; his recent speech in support of libraries and reading will be published as a book in 2014. More than 1.8 million people follow him on Twitter. Born in Hampshire, he currently lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts,
with his wife, the rock star Amanda Palmer, with whom he sometimes performs.
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I'll keep my fingers crossed for your son to get into his classes. I'm an alum of Bard. It's a gorgeous campus.
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