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Brian Selznick

Struck With Wonder

March 29, 2018

Brian Selznick

Brian Selznick has been making children’s books since 1991. His illustrated novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret won the 2008 Caldecott medal and was the basis for Martin Scorsese’s Oscar-winning movie Hugo. Wonderstruck, his 2011 follow up to The Invention of Hugo Cabret was made into a movie by celebrated filmmaker Todd Haynes with a screenplay by Selznick. The Marvels, the third book in a trilogy loosely connected to Hugo and Wonderstruck by themes of family and discovery, was published in 2016. Celebrated as much for their stunning object quality as for their rich narrative, Selznick’s books are best summarized in his own words: “It’s not exactly a novel, not quite a picture book, not really a graphic novel, or a flip book or a movie, but a combination of all these things.” Selznick has also worked as a puppeteer and a set designer, and began his career as a bookseller at Eeyore’s Books for Children in New York City. Working with Christopher Wheeldon at the Joffrey last year, he wrote a new narrative for a re-imagined Nutcracker, which takes place in Chicago during the construction of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition. His newest project is a 200-page illustrated book for beginning readers called Baby Monkey, Private Eye, written by his husband, Dr. David Serlin.

Supported by Screen Arts & Cultures, the Zell Visiting Writers Series, and the Chelsea River Gallery.

Unless otherwise noted, all programs take place on Thursdays at 5:10 pm at the historic Michigan Theater, located at 603 E. Liberty Street in downtown Ann Arbor, and are free of charge and open to the public.