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St. Louis Literary Award Ceremony Honoring Neil Gaiman Is Sold Out

by Maggie Rotermund
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Maggie Rotermund
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ST. LOUIS - Writer Neil Gaiman will receive the 2023 St. Louis Literary Award on Thursday, April 13, at the Sheldon Concert Hall in front of a sold-out crowd. The event sold out shortly after in-person ticket sales began. Virtual tickets are still available for those who wish to watch the event.

Neil Gaiman
Neil Gaiman

Actor and St. Louis native Jon Hamm will interview writer Neil Gaiman when Gaiman receives the Literary Award on April 13 at the Sheldon Concert Hall. A craft talk will take place at 12 p.m. Friday, April 14, on the campus of Saint Louis University.

Space remains for the free craft talk on April 14. Registration is required.  
Gaiman is a prolific author of prose, poetry, film, journalism, comics, song lyrics, and drama. He has been honored with both the Newbery and Carnegie Medals. 

While he is best known as a novelist, Gaiman is adept at writing in a variety of forms. His work includes “Coraline,” “Neverwhere,” “The Ocean At The End Of The Lane,” “American Gods,” “The Graveyard Book,” “Stardust,” and “The Sandman.” 

The Netflix adaptation of “The Sandman” premiered in August. 

The St. Louis Literary Award department in SLU Libraries also includes a Campus Read series, which is open to the public; the Undergraduate Writing Award; Literature & Medicine; Inspired By Arts Showcase for High School and College Students; and the Walter J. Ong S.J. Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Research. 

The Campus Read will mainly focus on two of Gaiman’s most memorable works, “The Graveyard Book” and “Stardust.” The talks will also feature conversations about other aspects of his work including film, graphic novels and comics, poetry, music, and television.

The Campus Read Book talk series is open to the public with registration. All Book Talks will take place over Zoom. 

Join in the Campus Read

St. Louis Literary Award

The St. Louis Literary Award is presented annually by the Saint Louis University Libraries and has become one of the top literary prizes in the country. The award honors a writer who deepens our insight into the human condition and expands the scope of our compassion. Some of the most important writers of the 20th and 21st centuries have come to Saint Louis University to accept the honor, including Margaret Atwood, Salmon Rushdie, Eudora Welty, John Updike, Saul Bellow, August Wilson, Stephen Sondheim, Zadie Smith and Tom Wolfe.

Saint Louis University

Founded in 1818, Saint Louis University is one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious Catholic institutions. Rooted in Jesuit values and its pioneering history as the first university west of the Mississippi River, SLU offers more than 13,500 students a rigorous, transformative education of the whole person. At the core of the University’s diverse community of scholars is SLU’s service-focused mission, which challenges and prepares students to make the world a better, more just place.