Anansi Boys was writteng by Neil Gaiman (the first part of his last name rhymes with May, not Eye). Gaiman was born in England in 1960. His dad was the director of a company that made vitamins. His mom was a pharmacist. He has two sibs, a wife, and three children. He's living in Minnesota.
Gaiman really broke into the literary community with his long running comic book/graphic novel series The Sandman. Gaiman revived Sandman, a 1970s superhero (originally written by Jack Kirby) and converted the main character from a crime-fighting super hero to an angst-ridden über-god. The series ran for 75 issues, from 1989 to 1996.
Gaiman has won half a page of wildly assorted awards for his writing. In addition to Sandman, he's several film adapatations (including the recent Beowulf film, and the English adaptation of Princess Mononoke), several novels, short stories, childrens' books, etc. He's a busy man.
His novels include:
Good Omens (with Terry Pratchett)
His books for children include:
The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish
Wolves in the Walls
The Dangerous Alphabet
The Graveyard Book (coming 30 September 2008)
His non-fiction includes
Don't Panic: The Official Hitch-Hiker's guide to the Galaxy Companion
Duran Duran: the first four years of the Fab Five
Plays, poems, short story collections, even an episode of Babylon 5! His "List of Works" takes pages in all his biographies.
The scheduling folk tell me that Gaiman will be HERE, in Las Vegas, this fall for the tour of his new book!