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Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman Co-headline
SPIN Benefit for Housing Works
June 3 in NYC

“Liner Notes,” an Evening of Music and Literature, to Raise Money for HIV/AIDS,
Presented by SPIN

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May 5, 2009 (New York, NY)—Musician Amanda Palmer and author Neil Gaiman will co-headline Liner Notes, an event at Housing Works Bookstore Café on Wednesday, June 3, 2009, to celebrate the cross-pollination of music and literature and raise funds for Housing Works, a New York-based nonprofit organization. The event will be presented by SPIN and its SPIN.com Book Club, and will celebrate the upcoming release of Palmer’s photo book Who Killed Amanda Palmer, with text by Neil Gaiman and photos by Kyle Cassidy & Co.

"Working with Neil is never work, because we collide so perfectly, even though we come from different worlds,” Palmer says. “It may be dangerous because we can't not make each other laugh when we're in the same room, and sometimes we lose control of ourselves, and I cannot be responsible for what happens if that happens. Appearing at an event like Liner Notes makes perfect sense for both of us—I'm a voracious reader and Neil is a consummate lover of music. The fact that the event benefits such a worthy cause is the icing on the cake."

Palmer is a performer, director, composer, and musician best known for her role as frontwoman and keyboardist for internationally acclaimed punk cabaret band the Dresden Dolls. In 2008, Palmer released Who Killed Amanda Palmer, her debut solo album, which was produced by Ben Folds. Current projects include a fine-art photography book on which she is collaborating with Gaiman and a WKAP companion songbook, as well as a WKAP DVD (out June 16). Palmer recently wrapped up a yearlong tour of sold-out performances in Europe, the U.S., Australia, and New Zealand. Palmer will be performing at the Highline Ballroom in New York City as a part of Other Pride Fest on June 5.

Gaiman is the author of books for readers of all ages, including the No. 1 best-selling and Newbery Medal-winning novel The Graveyard Book; the best-selling Coraline; Stardust; Interworld, co-authored with Michael Reaves; the collection of short stories for young readers M Is for Magic; and the script for the film MirrorMask. Gaiman is also the author of the Sandman series of graphic novels and the New York Times best sellers American Gods and Anansi Boys. Among his many awards are the Newbery Medal, the World Fantasy Award, the Hugo Award, the Nebula Award, and the Bram Stoker Award. Originally from England, he now lives in the United States. More information on Neil can be found at neilgaiman.com.

The SPIN.com Book Club (spin.com/bookclub) is an eclectic collection of literary-minded musicians who recommend and discuss books that have influenced their songwriting and musical careers. The Book Club, created and spearheaded by writer and music journalist Emily Zemler, hopes not only to highlight the influence of literature on music, but also promote literacy, foster a love of reading among music fans, and raise money for nonprofit organizations. This is the second Liner Notes event, a series established and organized by Zemler with the help of SPIN and Housing Works. The flagship event, headlined by musician Tegan Quin (Tegan and Sara) and author Augusten Burroughs, on September 4, 2008, at Housing Works Bookstore Café, raised over $8,000 for Housing Works.

Housing Works Bookstore Café is a nonprofit organization run by volunteers that relies entirely on donations to stock its store. All proceeds directly benefit its parent organization, Housing Works, Inc., the nation's largest minority-controlled AIDS service provider. Housing Works provides housing, healthcare, job training, and advocacy for New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS. As an activist organization, it is committed to implementing the systemic changes necessary to ensure that AIDS and public health policies are sound in concept and equitable in administration.

Launched in 1985, SPIN has established itself as one of the most influential voices in music and culture. From the next big things to innovative icons, SPIN provides the most comprehensive coverage via SPIN magazine, SPIN.com, SPIN Digital, and SPIN Earth. With a guaranteed circulation of 450,000 readers, SPIN magazine, a monthly, currently reaches an audience of over two million.

SPIN.com Book Club Presents Liner Notes
with Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman
Wednesday June 3, 2009
Doors at 7:30 P.M.
Show at 8 P.M.
Housing Works Bookstore Café
126 Crosby Street (one block east of Broadway between Houston and Prince)
Subway: W, R to Prince; B, D, F, V to Broadway/Lafayette; 6 to Bleecker
General Information: (212) 334-3324
$25 and donation of a new or gently used book
Tickets available at www.housingworks.org/bookstore

Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman are available for limited interviews to preview the event and press tickets are available for guaranteed event coverage.

For additional information and press requests please contact Dawn Kamerling at SPIN: dkamerling@spin.com
For Amanda Palmer requests please contact Ken Phillips: kpgroup@yahoo.com