Late last week, I got an IM from Charles.
"Are we in town for this?" he said, and then he sent a link.
I squealed, checked our calendar, and then squealed again.
Because OHMIGOD HOLYCOW ICAN'TBELIEVE IT!!!
Neil Gaiman is coming to Charleston!!!
A part of the Unchained Tour, he's touring around the southeast in an old, painted schoolbus, with an incredible lineup of musicians and storytellers.
But wait...let me just repeat that. Because I'm not sure you understand.
NEIL GAIMAN IS COMING TO CHARLESTON!!
Yep, that's right. The author of American Gods, The Sandman series, Coraline, and The Graveyard Book...is coming here....to Charleston!!!
Has it sunk in yet?
It's just starting to, for me. We have our tickets and a babysitter (ok, my mom) lined up.
And it's going to be an incredible night.
A quick review of the performers lineup shows an Edgar-award wining author, a Harvard grad from Trinidad, some awesome rockers, and, oh, Edgar Oliver, best know to me as "that creepy-sounding guy who goes to the store in Oddities sometimes."
Yeah. I'm excited to see him, too. I want to get my picture taken with him, to frame and give to my father and brother for Christmas. They both love Oddities, too.
Oh. And along the way? They'll promote independent bookstores, a staple for book lovers like myself. Here in Charleston, they'll hit up one of my faves, Blue Bicycle Books, where I have spent many an hour browsing through the stacks, and where I even found one of my older copies of Anne Frank's diary.
Our show will be held at the Charleston Music Hall, a gorgeous old downtown space (picture exposed brick, shiny hardwoods, and cozy seats) beside one of our favorite local restaurants, 39 Rue De Jean. Expect to find Charles and me there, ahead of time, for drinks and appetizers.
So, let's recap. Neil Gaiman. Edgar Oliver. Storytellers from around the country. Drinks. Live music. And an after party at Blue Bicycle Books!
I'm thinking this is going to be the best night ever.
For more information, to see if the tour is coming to your hometown, and to purchase tickets, go here. And if you happen to be here in Charleston and plan on going to the show, I'll be the girl breathlessly excited, bouncing about in anticipation.
Oh, and if you're interested in volunteering at the show that night, ushering or ID checking, please let me know - I know the Music Hall is looking for some extra hands.
Hope to see you there!