Congrulations to Neil! The Graveyard Book just won the 2009 “Best Novel” Hugo!
Neil’s wearing the suit rather than the leather jacket and black t-shirt because he had been at his father’s funeral two days prior and didn’t have the leather jacket with him. That explains the tiredness too, but it’s a great interview.
Colbert is a huge Tolkien fan, by the way. I’ve seen several previous examples of him reciting Lord of the Rings history and text off the top of his head.
Update: Neil tweeted:
And cut from the interview is our favourite LOTR characters. Mine Gandalf. His, Faramir.
More embeds (official, but area-limited) after the break. I don’t expect the Youtube one to stay up very long. Continue reading
The 2009 winner of The Newbery Medal is Neil’s “The Graveyard Book”!
The John Newbery Medal is a literary award given by the Association for Library Service to Children of the American Library Association (ALA) to the author of the Outstanding American Children’s Book. The award has been given since 1922. Together with the Caldecott Medal, it is considered the most prestigious award for children’s literature in the United States. It is named for John Newbery, an 18th century publisher of juvenile books.