SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Award-winning fantasy and science fiction author Neil Gaiman, who is best known for his novels "Neverwhere," "American Gods" and the comic book series "Sandman," is scheduled to visit Sacramento on May 8 for a free event.    

The Association for Library Service to Children chose Neil Gaiman to speak for the May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture, an annual event featuring a speaker considered to have made a contribution to children's literature.

Gaiman will write a paper on children's literature, present it as a lecture in April and have it published in "Children and Libraries," the ALSC's journal.

The Sacramento Public Library was selected to host the event, and, because of that, the library is hosting events at its central library leading up to Gaiman's visit.

Here are some of the events the local library is planning for the community.




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