British-born author Neil Gaiman and children’s author and illustrator Michael Berenstain are coming to Billings early next year to help celebrate the grand opening of the new Billings Public Library.
Leslie Modrow, development director of the Parmly Billings Library Foundation, said the two authors will be in Billings in February, 2014, for the monthlong Celebration of the Book.
Gaiman, whose 2008 work, “The Graveyard Book,” won the Newbery and Carnegie medals, will be in Billings on Feb. 21. He was the first author to win both medals.
Gaiman's latest book, “Ocean at the End of the Lane,” was released in June. He will present a public reading on Feb. 21 at the Babcock Theatre. Tickets for the public reading will be $20.
Berenstain, who creates the award-winning book series about the Berenstain Bears, will be in Billings on Feb. 7 and 8 to give free presentations, primarily for children.
Berenstain joined with his parents Stan and Jan Berenstain as a creative team in the late 1980s. Since Stan's death at age 82 in 2005, Jan and Mike continued to write and illustrate the adventures of the bear family until Jan's death in 2012. Michael now creates the books by himself.
Since 1962, more than 250 Berenstain Bears books have been published, and more than 260 million copies have been sold.