1. Neil Gaiman answered readers’ questions about James Thurber’s The 13 Clocks for the Wall Street Journal's Book Club. Here is his response to the submission: “Was James Thurber thinking of pleasing the reader when he wrote this story, or was he writing for pure joy, to please himself?.”  In the answer, Gaiman describes his Stardust as being the most similar to The 13 Clocks of all his books, touches on issues of genre, and shouts out Sylvia Townsend Warner.

    You can watch the full conversation here.

  2. Marc Simont: November 23, 1915–July 13, 2013

    We were sad to learn of the death of beloved children’s book illustrator Marc Simont. Simont illustrated three books in the New York Review Children’s Collection: Ruth Krauss’s Backward Day and James Thurber’s much-adored  The 13 Clocks and The Wonderful O. He is probably best known, though, for his work on the Caldecott-winning A Tree is Nice and the Nate the Great series.


    You can see a few of his drawings below (from top: The Backward Day, The 13 Clocks, The Wonderful O) and read the New York Times obituary for Simont here.

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  3. Neil Gaiman on The Simpsons

    Neil Gaiman is going to be on The Simpsons this Sunday, and if you think animation and Gaiman go hand-in-hand we highly recommend this animated video of James Thurber’s The 13 Clocks from B&N.com. Gaiman narrates the video, and wrote the introduction to our book. Here’s the first the first couple sentences from his introduction: “This book, the one you are holding, The 13 Clocks by James Thurber, is probably the best book in the world. And if it’s not the best book, then it’s still very much like nothing anyone has ever seen before, and, to the best of my knowledge, no one’s ever really seen anything like it since.”

    http://bnreview.barnesandnoble.com/t5/In-the-Margin/James-Thurber-Meets-Neil-Gaiman-The-Thirteen-Clocks-Video/ba-p/6083

  4. Happy Halloween from Neil Gaiman and James Thurber →

    Barnes and Noble Review and BN.com put together this lovely animation of James Thurber’s fractured fairytale, The Thirteen Clocks. Neil Gaiman, who selected the book to be animated, narrates.

    The film was developed by the creative department at Team Detroit, under Toby Barlow’s leadership and animated by Nola Pictures.