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Neil Gaiman in Nashville July 10

Bestselling author Neil Gaiman will appear at War Memorial Auditorium Wednesday, July 10 as part of his final signing tour for his new novel The Ocean at the End of the Lane. Gaiman’s Nashville appearance is presented by Parnassus Books in partnership with Humanities Tennessee, Nashville Public Library Foundation, and War Memorial Auditorium.


Tickets for the event are $30 each plus handling charges, and each ticket purchase will include one copy of the book. For complete ticketing details, click here.


A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit the 25th annual Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written Word, presented by Humanities Tennessee, which takes place Oct. 11-13 at Legislative Plaza and the Nashville Public Library.

Gaiman is the author of  Coraline, Stardust, The Graveyard Book, and American Gods, among others. The creator of The Sandman comics, Gaiman is listed in the Dictionary of Literary Biography as one of the top ten living post-modern writers, and is a prolific creator of works of prose, poetry, film, journalism, comics, song lyrics, and drama. He blogs at and has 1.83 million Twitter followers as @neilhimself.

This is the last tour for which Gaiman will sign books and memorabilia. The author will sign as many copies of the new book as requested for each attendee, as well as one additional book or piece of memorabilia.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane is Gaiman’s first adult novel in eight years. Wondrous and imaginative, and at times deeply scary, it captures the very essence of childhood fear and uncertainty. In a clash of memory and reality, it is a pitched fever dream of a novel, and could very well be Gaiman’s most accomplished work to date.

Gaiman’s work has been honored with many awards internationally, including the Newbery and Carnegie Medals. His books and stories have also been honoured with 4 Hugos, 2 Nebulas, 1 World Fantasy Award, 4 Bram Stoker Awards, 6 Locus Awards, 2 British SF Awards, 1 British Fantasy Award, 3 Geffens, 1 International Horror Guild Award and 2 Mythopoeic Awards.

Parnassus  Books is an independent bookstore in Nashville.

Humanities Tennessee is a non-profit organization that presents and supports programs in history and literature statewide.

The Nashville Public Library Foundation raises private funds to enhance the programs, facilities and collections of the Nashville Public Library.

Since its dedication in 1925, the historic War Memorial Auditorium has become popular with artists and audiences for its world-class acoustics, open floor and seated configurations, and charming Neoclassical aesthetic. The venue has served as home to the Nashville Symphony (1925-1980) and the Grand Ole Opry (1939-1943), and it remains a premier concert venue for Nashville.