Neil Gaiman and Roger Sutton Together At Last

RS: Which is what I felt about SLJ’s report—“Surprise! The Newbery Goes to a Popular Book.”

NG: I thought SLJ had made this up, that people were saying, “Gaiman is a foul-mouthed yahoo!” I had just written a lengthy and well-considered blog entry, which, actually, was probably the only thing that kept me sane during the 40 minutes between getting the news I had won and being able to tell anybody. [Laughter] The Twitter just sort of went, “Waaaaaaaaaaaah! My God, I did it!”

RS: I thought that SLJ report was…

NG: I thought it was stupid. I’ve been reading the whole thing about what kind of book should win the Newbery with an interest that was not personal. I did not consider that The Graveyard Book would be in the running, or at least I figured that if it was, it would probably be in the top 30, if there was a top 30. It had not occurred to me that it was actually likely to be anything other than—if the gods smiled and the world was right—possibly a Newbery Honor Book.

My favorite comment honestly was the one from the Guardian, where somebody in the U.K. just wrote an essay that said, “Well, you know, they’ve been arguing about whether the Newbery winner should be popular or whether it should be excellent, and they’ve got The Graveyard Book, which effectively demolishes the entire argument, because it’s both. So there.”

Roger Sutton interviews Neil Gaiman at School Library Journal.


Filed under Neil Gaiman, Newbery

2 responses to “Neil Gaiman and Roger Sutton Together At Last

  1. What a terrific conversation! I can’t say this in SLJ’s page because it will never let me post there.
    But Roger and Neil together, that is just luscious. I am hoping to see Neil and Charles Vess at Books of Wonder next week, because Blueberry Girl is already my favorite picture book of the year.


  2. hope

    Okay, I grudgingly admit that an organization that allows itself to be called stupid on its own site can’t be all bad.


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