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Neil Gaiman is one of the most celebrated writers of our time and a bestselling author of novels for children and adults, including The Graveyard Book (the only title to win both the Newbery and Carnegie Medals) The Ocean at the End of the Lane (a #1 NYT Bestseller), and Stardust. He is listed in the Dictionary of Literary Biography as one o f the top ten living post-modern writers, and is a prolific creator of works of prose, poetry, film, journalism, com ics, song lyrics, and drama.
Credited with being one of the creators of modern comics, his DC Comic series, Sandman, was described by the LA Times as the greatest epic in the history of comic books, and is the first comic ever to re ceive a literary award (World Fantasy Award). Other adult works include: Neverwhere (which was broadcast in 2013 as a six-episode production on BBC radio, starring James McAvoy and Benedict Cumberbatch), Anansi Boys, and Good Omens (with Terry Pratchett).

Gaiman's work has been adapted for film, television, and radio, including Stardust (starring Robert DeNiro and Michelle Pfeiffer); The BAFTA winner for Best Animated Film (and Academy Award nominee), Coraline; and the major motion picture currently in developm ent, Sandman.

Gaiman has also written and directed for film and television. His 2011 episode of Doctor Who, "The Doctor's Wife," w on the Hugo, Ray Bradbury, and SFX awards and caused The Times (London) to describe him as "a hero". Gaiman is also a phenomenal speaker. Two of his recorded speeches-his University of Arts 2012 commencement address, titled "Make Good Art," and his 2013 Reading Agency lecture- have gone viral.

Gaiman's work crosses genres and reaches audiences of all ages. 1.8 million people follow him on Twitter. Born in Hamps hire, he currently lives in the USA and is married to Amanda Palmer, with whom he sometimes performs. For more information on Neil Gaiman go to http://www.neilgaiman.com/.

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Mount Everest's peaks, Vietnam's jungles, colorful African villages, the tragedy of the Holocaust, and battles of America's founding fathers and its Civil War, these are a handful of places we've visited through our Fall Author Event.

In 1996, Ogden School Foundation Executive Director Janis Vause met with volunteers questioning whether the Foundation could successfully host a literary-based fundraising event. When renowned science-fiction author Ray Bradbury agreed to present the initial lecture for half of his normal speaking fee, the group's enthusiasm triumphed over initial concerns.

From the Fall Author Event's debut with several supporters, it quickly grew into what is now one of Northern Utah's premier literary events with regular attendance of close to 1,000. Many of our authors are Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award recipients.

What makes this event so special is much more than one public gala evening. Each fall students begin studying the author's writing for an essay contest. Students are given the opportunity to attend a student lecture presented by the author. Essay contest winners have the opportunity to attend an additional private discussion with the author. Many authors provide personal critiques and comments on the student essays during the discussion, which is often one of the school year's highlights for our students, and in some cases, a life changing experience.

Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors, 100% of the event's proceeds are invested in educational programs. Over the past five years the Foundation has raised over $350,000 from the Fall Author Event.


Ray Bradbury
1996
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Chaim Potok
1997
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Shelby Foote
1998
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George Plimpton
1999
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Sandra Cisneros
2000
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Stephen Ambrose
2001
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Jon Krakauer
2002
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Tim O'Brien
2003
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Ken Burns
2004
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Amy Tan
2005
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David McCullough
2006
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Billy Collins
2007
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Alexander McCall Smith
2008
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Stephan Venables
2009
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Daniel Handler
2010
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Geraldine Brooks
2011
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Rick Atkinson
2012
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Wade Davis
2013
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Neil Gaiman
2014
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Simon Winchester
2015
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Anthony Doerr
2016
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