Something to do – Winnipeg: December 15, 6pm – Neil Gaiman signing

Neil Gaiman will be in Winnipeg on December 15, 2009 for a signing at McNally Robinson.

Location: McNally Robinson Booksellers, Polo Park Shopping Centre, 1485 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3G 0W4, Canada

Telephone: (204) 784-2523

Back in October, Gaiman held a contest to see which independent North American bookstore could hold the best party for his novel The Graveyard Book. McNally Robinson Polo Park won the grand prize — a visit from Neil Gaiman himself — an honour we shared with The Little Shop of Stories in Decatur, Georgia.

Ed Note: McNally Robinson is a 5 store chain located in Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Toronto and New York. I’ve been to the McNally Robinson location in Toronto… this is an independent bookstore unlike most others. It puts most Chapters/Indigo locations to shame with the sheer size and high scale feel. The McNally Robinson Polo Park location, the second location in Winnipeg, opened April 1 2008, and occupies 20,000 square feet on the lower level of the mall.

From the website:

How Early Should You Arrive?

Our staff will start directing people to the presentation area at 5:00 pm. We do have a plan, so there’s no need to line-up. Neil Gaiman himself has assured us that everyone in the store will get their item signed!

How Much Will it Cost?

The event is free to all!

The Order of Events

At 6:00 pm Neil Gaiman will do a reading and a Q & A. If you’d like to send your questions in advance, email them to sara.harms@polo.mcnallyrobinson.ca.

The Signing Rules (’cause it’s bound to get a little crazy!)

1. Neil will sign one book per person.
2. If you purchase a Gaiman book from McNally Robinson and keep your receipt, Neil will sign two items.

The Books

McNally Robinson Booksellers will have the following Neil Gaiman books on site at the event. (A select number of signed copies will also be available for sale at the event.)

Odd and the Frost Giants
The Graveyard Book
American Gods
Anansi Boys
Coraline
Neverwhere
Stardust
The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish
The Wolves in the Walls
Sandman Volume 1

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I imagine that this will be a crazy event, and surely has to be one of the largest “name” comic guests to ever visit Winnipeg.

If you attend the function, send us an e-mail at robert@joeshusterawards.com, we’d love to hear about how it went.