The reading was at the Rockefeller Chapel at the University of Chicago, a beautiful setting. Close to 1,000 people were there and I was lucky to be sitting up front and close to the pulpit where Mr. Gaiman spoke.
He has a lot of fans. I'm not sure how many authors have an actual fan base. They might have readers who like their writing, but having hard-core fans who want to know your every move just doesn't happen for most authors. This fan aspect of Mr. Gaiman's career is almost as interesting as his writing. He read excerpts from Neverwhere, the One Book, One Chicago selection, and then he answered a dozen questions, many about other projects and what's going to be turned into TV or films. I liked his answer to the question about the difference between writing fiction and writing a script: "This is what it's going to cost" is the response to a script, which leads to changes to fit a budget. Cost constraints aren't a problem for writing fiction or creating a graphic novel. It's only a matter of ink.
After the Q&A I introduced myself to James Kennedy, because as it turns out, he used to work where I work. He was extremely gracious. It's heartening how generous writers are in helping out other writers who are trying to get published. It's one of the reasons why I love going to events like this.