Neil Gaiman has announced his next book: Art Matters, a book about art with illustrations by Chris Riddell.
Art Matters will be published by Headline in September 2018 in the hopes it “will inspire its readers to seize the day in the name of art.” According to The Bookseller, the book is a collection of speeches, poems, and creative manifestos that explore how reading, imagining, and creating can change the world.
Here’s the full, official synopsis via Headline:
A creative call to arms from the mind of Neil Gaiman, combining his extraordinary words with striking illustrations by Chris Riddell.
Combining Neil Gaiman’s extraordinary words with Chris Riddell’s deft and striking illustrations, Art Matters will inspire its readers to seize the day in the name of art.
Drawn together from speeches, poems and creative manifestos, Art Matters will explore how reading, imagining and creating can change the world. A creative call to arms, the book will champion freedom of ideas, making art in the face of adversity and choosing to be bold. It will be inspirational to young and old, and will encourage glorious, creative rebellion.
Riddell has previously collaborated with Gaiman on The Graveyard Book, The Sleeper and the Spindle, and an illustrated edition of Neverwhere.
“For years now, Chris Riddell has taken my words from speeches or poems or articles, and illustrated them, in order to communicate things to the world with deftness and charm,” said Gaiman. “I’m thrilled and delighted that Headline feel it’s time to bring them to a wider audience.”
As you might imagine, Riddell had very nice things to say about working with Gaiman, as well. “It is a particular joy to work with Neil Gaiman’s words,” Riddell said. “They are wise, witty and have the cadence of poetry and I hope, in this volume, I have done them justice.”
Something to look forward to for fans of Neil Gaiman, Chris Riddell, and art in general.