LIVE from NYPL: Neil Gaiman's Coraline

Tue. May 12, 2020 at 6:00pm - Mon. May 18, 2020 at 6:00pm EDT
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The New York Public Library invites readers of all ages to join us for a special, full-length reading of Neil Gaiman’s Coraline—presented by LIVE from NYPL, the Library’s premier cultural series, now offering free programs remotely.

Coraline book coverWatch the reading here!

From Tuesday, May 12 through Monday, May 18, tune in every day at 6 PM to hear chapters read by Neil Gaiman himself, along with LeVar Burton, Rosario Dawson, and Dakota Fanning. Over the course of a week, you’ll experience the full text of Gaiman's haunting tale of bravery and resilience, featuring the story of a young girl who stumbles across a strange world, similar to her own, yet eerily different.

Register now to receive an email reminder an hour before the reading. Be sure to add the event to your calendar on iCal/Outlook or Google. Plus, learn how you can borrow the e-book for free today with a New York Public Library card through SimplyE, our free e-reader app, available for iOS and Android devices. No holds, no waiting!

“The day after they moved in, Coraline went exploring...” In Coraline's family's new flat are twenty-one windows and fourteen doors. Thirteen of the doors open and close. The fourteenth is locked, and on the other side is only a brick wall, until the day Coraline unlocks the door to find a passage to another flat in another house just like her own. Only it's different...

LINEUP: Neil Gaiman’s Coraline

Neil GaimanNeil Gaiman, Hugo Award–winning author of Coraline
TUES, MAY 12: Chapters 1 & 2
WED, MAY 13: Chapters 3 & 4

LeVar BurtonLeVar Burton, actor, director, and educator
THURS, MAY 14: Chapter 5
FRI, MAY 15: Chapters 6 & 7

Rosario DawsonRosario Dawson, actor
SAT, MAY 16: Chapters 8 & 9
SUN, MAY 17: Chapters 10 & 11

Dakota FanningDakota Fanning, actor
MON, MAY 18: Chapters 12 & 13

If you have an NYPL library card—or live in New York state and want to apply for one now—you can instantly borrow Coraline for free and read along with our e-reader app SimplyE, available for iOS and Android devices. No holds, no waiting!

Readers everywhere who wish to purchase a copy of the book can do so at The New York Public Library Shop.

Follow LIVE from NYPL on Twitter and Facebook, and join the conversation with hashtag #CoralineNYPL.

For 125 years, The New York Public Library has brought the enjoyment of books and reading to communities across New York City—through millions of books offered in our 92 locations across the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island, plus robust public programs, dynamic book discussions, and expert staff  to help readers find their next great read.

This mission remains just as important as ever—because even when we’re apart, we know that reading has the power to bring people together. Whether you're a regular visitor or new to our Library community, we're delighted to invite you to share in the joy of a good book.

Text, art, cover, and copy of book from Coraline by Neil Gaiman.  Illustrated By: Dave McKean Text Copyright (c) 2002 by Neil Gaiman. Illustrations Copyright (c) 2002 by Dave McKean. Used by permission of HarperCollins Children's Publishers.

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