Brian's Selznick's Wonderstruck releases today, September 13
Tue Sep 13 2011
For fans of Brian Selznick's brilliant The Invention of Hugo Cabret, the wait is over (and no, we don't mean that Martin Scorcese's movie based on the book has arrived; that's due in November): Wonderstruck (Scholastic, $30; ages 9 and up), the second of the author-illustrator's books to give equal narrative power to text and illustration, is in bookstores today, and to celebrate the author is kicking off a series of city appearances tonight, September 13 at 6pm, at Books of Wonder. (Events to follow include a kickoff party at Soho's Scholastic Store tomorrow, September 14 at 7pm; an evening with Symphony Space's Thalia Book Club on Tuesday, September 20 at 6pm; and a special family day at the Queens Museum of Art on the afternoon of Sunday, September 25; for more on that, stay tuned to this blog.) While huge passages of darkly cinematic illustrations punctuate Hugo to propel the Paris-based story forward, this time around Selznick uses words to tell one story, the tale of a boy whose mother has died, and pictures to tell another, that of a deaf girl, set 50 years earlier. Once again Selznick's art takes on a life of its own and resonates with silence, a simple yet also visceral means of conveying the perspective of a person for whom communication is purely, starkly visual. The two stories eventually come together, of course, at the book's end. Click here for our recent interview with Brian Selznick. And for city events with other authors with new books, click here. *Tue Sept 13 at 6pm. Books of Wonder, 18 W 18th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves (212-989-3270, booksofwonder.com). *Wed Sept 14 at 7pm. Scholastic Store, 557 Broadway between Prince and Spring Sts (212-343-6166, scholastic.com). *Tue Sept 20 at 6pm. Thalia Kids Book Club, Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th St (212-864-5400, symphonyspace.org).