The Kansas City Public Library and Reading Reptile Host Children's Author and Illustrator Brian Selznick

For Immediate Release:
September 27, 2011
Contact: Suzanne Monahan
816.701.3649
The Kansas City Public Library and Reading Reptile Host Children's Author and Illustrator Brian Selznick

Bestselling children's book author and illustrator Brian Selznick visits thePlaza Branch, 4801 Main St. on Wednesday, October 5, 2011, at 6:30 p.m. to discuss his new novel Wonderstruck, the most talked about children's book release of 2011 and recently featured in USA Today, the New York Times, and on NPR's Morning Edition.

Selznick is the creator of The Invention of Hugo Cabret, a New York Times bestseller and winner of the Caldecott Medal in 2009, and now the basis for a forthcoming major motion picture entitled, "Hugo", directed by Martin Scorcese.

Like The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Wonderstruck is a revolutionary extension of the novel form that uses both of words and pictures to tell the story of two children, Ben and Rose, who go on separate journey's to unlock secrets from their past.

Brian's visit appearance is in conjunction with Turning the Page: Building a Community of Readers, and a percentage of the evening's book sales will be donated to the Joplin schools by Reading Reptile.

Turning the Page: Building a Community of Readers was created and is being administered as a joint effort by the Kansas City Public Library and the Reading Reptile. Partners include Hallmark Cards and the Kansas City Woodworkers Guild, and the Joplin School District's Bright Futures Initiative. Check out the www.readingreptile.com for more information about the Turning the Page campaign.

Admission to the event is free. RSVP online or call 816.701.3407.