Blueberry Girl by Neil Gaiman and Charles Vess

The Neil twittered this earlier in the evening. Apparently at Books of Wonder in NYC this coming Saturday, March 7th, there's an appearance by both he and artist Charles Vess in support of their upcoming picture book, Blueberry Girl.

Beginning at 1pm, NEIL GAIMAN will read Blueberry Girl, after which CHARLES VESS will give a slide show presentation on the creation of the artwork for this gorgeous picture book. Then, both author and artist will answer questions from the audience. Following this, they will both sign copies of Blueberry Girl and all their other wonderful books. A portion of all sales of Blueberry Girl made at the event will go to RAINN, the nation's largest organization devoted to preventing violence against women and assisting the victims of such attacks.

Not only that, but the first one hundred people to donate $10 to RAINN will get a chance to check out the art show prior to anyone else. But, as the commercial says, wait there's more:

A PRIVATE PREVIEW of the art show with the artist will be available to the first 100 people who make a $10 donation to RAINN. This PRIVATE PREVIEW will be from 11am to 12 noon on Saturday, March 7th and those attending will have the exclusive opportunity to purchase the artwork before anyone else has seen it. The show will then be open to the general public from 12 noon on. If you wish to make a donation and attend the PRIVATE PREVIEW, please contact the store at (212) 989-3270.

Bloody hell. You guys in NYC get to hear Neil read, see Charles Vess give a chat about his art, get a signing and a Q&A from both and for the low, low price of $10 help out a great cause and get a private preview of the artwork with Mr. Vess on hand? Madness.

Now, if you, like me, are not going to be anywhere near NYC to take part in next weekend's festivities, may I suggest making the $10 donation you would have made to get into the show directly to RAINN? You can do that here. And for more info on the Books of Wonder event, you can check out their website here.

The book itself is out March 10th and you can pre-order your copy here.