Chicago Humanities Festival

From the schedule, published in the October 17th Chicago Tribune

Wednesday, Nov. 10

7-8 p.m. Gene Wolfe: Master of Time
Student Center, DePaul University(Lincoln Park).
The admired “dean” of science fiction writers and award- winning author of “The Book of the New Sun” and, most recently, “The Wizard Knight,” discusses his career-long exploration of other times and other worlds. Wolfe is interviewed by author Neil Gaiman.

8:30-9:30 p.m. Neil Gaiman: New Stuff
Student Center, DePaul University (Lincoln Park).
A master of fantasy writing, Gaiman is author of American Gods, Neverwhere, the Sandman series and the young adult fiction Coraline, among other books. He reads from and discusses his work-in-progress, a comedy (“scary in bits”) for adults titled Anansi Boys.

And of course Rob Elder had to say something about the latter in the Critics Picks section:

I’ve known Gaiman, writer of comic books (The Sandman) and novels (American Gods) for the past 12 years, and he consistently surprises me. Not only does he keep one of the most engaging, detailed and insightful diary blogs on the Web (, but his skills as a reader of his own work are unequaled. If there’s a chance we’ll get to hear some forthcoming work, as the program title suggests, you should be in the front row next to me.

Tickets can be ordered through the Humanities Festival website, by phone (312-494-9509), by fax (312-494-9610), and by mail.

The festival website also has the full schedules for the programs and the children’s festival.

And DePaul University has a campus map to the Student Center, as well as directions to the campus.


Wonder how much convincing it would take to get the audience to sing “happy birthday”?