Every year the Indianapolis Marion County Public Library sponsors the McFadden Memorial Lecture. Now in its 33rd year, the McFadden Memorial Lecture was established in 1969 to “promote the development and improvement of Library facilities and services, and to support and enhance Library programs and projects by raising private contributions.” This year fantasy author Neil Gaiman gives the McFadden Lecture on the heels of the announcement of cutbacks across Indianapolis in Library services.
As Indianapolis Public Schools, the Public Library and other state funded services see severe cutbacks across the board, its is clear now, more than ever, that Indianapolis people must come together to help support organizations like the Library. Show the Library your support at this FREE Indianapolis event!
Past McFadden Lecturers include Kurt Vonnegut, Judy Bloom, Scott O’dell, John Updike, David McCullough, Tomie dePaolo, Margaret Atwood and many more notable authors. This year Neil Gaiman takes the podium and joins the long list of distinguished speakers. His writing draws on legends, myths and folk tales from around the world to create fantastical journeys like no other. His complex blend of modern sensibilities with old world fables root current audiences in a grounded sense of past, present and future.
Neil Gaiman first jumped onto the world literature stage in 1989 for his horror/fantasy series “Sandman.” Issue #19 of the series won the 1991 World Fantasy Award for Short Story. For more than twenty years now, he has been a best selling author of comics and novels for kids, teens and adults. His flexible writing style has the unique ability to cross age and gender lines with inhabitable stories that make for extremely exciting reads.
His critically acclaimed novel American Gods was awarded the Hugo, Nebula, Bram Stoker, SFX and Locus awards. Proving he is not one hit wonder, Gaiman won national notice again, this time from the American Library Association, with his work Stardust, which won their Alex Award as one of 2000’s tops 10 adult novels for young adults. Recently his best selling children’s novel Coraline was made into a celebrated feature length film starring the voice talent of Dakota Fanning. His writing offers a sense of freedom that is unparalleled in today’s literary world.
Hear Neil Gaiman speak about his career, his life, his work and, most importantly, his imagination, which has brought him to such an impressive career. The McFadden Memorial Lecture will be held at North Central High School on Friday, April 16 at 7:00 pm. Don’t miss this FREE Indianapolis community event, and the chance to go inside the mind of a literary genius. (Note: Neil Gaiman will not be available to sign copies of his work following the lecture, but free commemorative book plates will be available.)
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McFadden Memorial Lecture
Friday, April 16 at 7:00 pm
North Central High School
1801 East 86th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46240