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Neil Gaiman wins Newbery Medal for The Graveyard Book. Hooray! (And a Medal, how cool is that?)

You can listen to Neil reading the book chapter by chapter during the book tour. (Neil is one of the few authors who SHOULD read his own works.)

Edit: I just looked through the winner’s lists for the Hugo for Best Novel and the Newbery Medal. Neil Gaiman is the only author to win both, though not for the same book. No other author has even both been nominated for a Hugo and made the honors list for the Newbery. I was rather surprised, as some excellent fantasy novels have appeared on the Newbery list over the years (though not much SF). Madeleine L’Engle was my first guess for possible other dual winners, but she is not. The Newbery is for American authors (citizen or resident), while the Hugo has no such restriction, so that may account for some of the lack of overlap.

Later edit: I double-checked the Hugo/Newbury listings. I wasn’t sure my cursory sort really was correct. Neil Gaiman is the only author to win both, but Ursula Le Guin was on the Newbery Honors list in 1972, and won the Hugo in 1970 and 1975.


  1. Lysandwr says:

    Well done on the research, Phi!

    We can always count on you for resourced, accurate information …. and I like that 🙂

  2. Marjorie says:

    Ooh, shiny new blog. And with research and facts, too. Bonus!

  3. ariandalen says:

    I bet Himself doesn’t even know that! 🙂

  4. Sarah says:

    I am all about the research. And the facts. Well, only if they are interesting, but my idea of “interesting” is rather broad. *grin* Thus the need for more blogs, so the topical ones can stay at least sort of topical.

    I twittered it to Himself, but he may never see it. I imagine he has 43000 twittermessages right now! Hopefully someone will pass it along, as I think it is remarkable to be recognized so highly in two rather different literary areas.