Monday, October 24, 2011

Event report: Brian Selznick

Last week, my library was honored to host a visit with Caldecott winning author and artist, Brian Selznick. I reviewed his latest novel, Wonderstruck, last month. Hearing him speak about the incredibly thoughtful and detailed process that went into the creation of that amazing book made me want to read it again! Some interesting facts:

  • The format of this particular book (two stories, one told in images and one told in words) came to him before the actual plot specifics.

  • His artistic process includes making not only storyboard-like sketches of each image that eventually goes into the finished book, but also (adorable!) little booklets of every image sequence with tiny thumbnail sketches, so he can get a feel for the flow of the drawings before he finalizes them.

  • The final drawings he creates are 3x5 inches each, and are enlarged for the book.
Brian Selznick is a fantastic speaker, and he captivated an audience of hundreds. In addition to talking about Wonderstruck, he shared some information about the upcoming screen adaptation of The Invention of Hugo Cabret. He reported that he is very pleased with "Hugo" the movie, so fans can go to the theaters with confidence. I can't wait to see it!

It was such a pleasure to meet Brian and tell him in person how much I enjoy his work. I assisted with the Newbery-Caldecott banquet in 2008, when he gave his acceptance speech for the Caldecott medal. I told him I'm hoping to see him up there again next year for Wonderstruck!


  1. What a fantastic picture of the two of you! Sounds like an awesome event!

  2. Thanks! It was a great evening. The crowd was so thrilled to meet such an awesome author.

  3. You look absolutely stunning in that photo, Allison!

  4. Aww, thanks, Michelle! It didn't hurt that I'd just had my hair cut earlier in the day... ;D

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