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Neil Gaiman’s “Neverwhere” Chosen As the Spring 2011 One Book, One Chicago Selection

Mayor Richard M. Daley and Chicago Public Library officials today announced that Neil Gaiman’s novel, Neverwhere, is the 20th selection for Chicago’s city­ wide book club, One Book, One Chicago.

Neil Gaiman’s “Neverwhere” Chosen As the Spring 2011 One Book, One Chicago Selection

Neverwhere

Author: Neil Gaiman

Mayor Richard M. Daley and Chicago Public Library officials today announced that Neil Gaiman’s novel, Neverwhere, is the 20th selection for Chicago’s city­ wide book club, One Book, One Chicago.

“Since I’ve been Mayor, I’ve worked hard to encourage Chicagoans to make reading a priority in their lives—which is why a program like One Book, One Chicago is so important,” Daley said in a news conference held at the Harold Washington Library center, 400 S. State St.

“We look at it as a way to bring people together in all our neighborhoods and to foster the kind of communication that can only help make Chicago a better place to live,” he said.

Neverwhere is a fantasy novel. Neil Gaiman is a prolific author who works in many genres—nonfiction, film, comics, young adult and children’s fiction, fantasy and more—and whose work includes Newberry Medal winner The Graveyard Book, American Gods, Coraline, Anansi Boys and The Sandman comics. He boasts more than 1.5 million followers on Twitter.

The book tells the story of Richard Mayhew, an office worker in London who, after helping a young woman lying injured on a sidewalk, has his existence completely erased. He is subsequently pulled into the haunting and fantastic world of “London Below,” populated by people and things that have “fallen through the cracks” of the world above. He undertakes an unbelievable journey full of unforgettable people, creatures and places, all the while hoping to return to “London Above” and to normalcy.