On Thursday, October 20th, I worked the Brian Selznick book event for A Whale of a Tale Children’s Bookshoppe. Selznick was wonderful! He gave a captivating presentation about his writing process, specifically in regards to his latest book Wonderstruck (review to come soon). The entire event was loads of fun. If Brian Selznick is EVER in your area and you have a chance to listen to him speak about books and writing then I INSIST you go!! One audience member asked Selznick, “What is your favorite book?” He answered, “Fortunately” by Remy Charlip.” He then began quoting the book and the entire audience, including myself, could see why he loves this book — it sounds hilarious. Here is an excerpt:
Fortunately, Ned was invited to a surprise party.
Unfortunately, the party was a thousand miles away.
Fortunately, a friend loaned Ned an airplane.
Unfortunately, the motor exploded.
Fortunately, there was a parachute in the airplane.
Unfortunately, there was a hole in the parachute.
Selznick also showed us a quick behind-the-scenes/trailer for the movie Hugo. It looks so amazing. It actually gives me chills. I know. I am a weirdo. But just watch it and tell me you don’t get all tingly when that thematic song plays in the background and the images of Hugo Cabret come to life! You are made of steel and cold-hearted if you don’t get chills.
I was able to have Brian Selznick sign both of my books along with a Hugo movie poster. This leads me to my first GIVEAWAY!!! I will be selecting one lucky individual to receive the Hugo movie poster signed by Brian Selznick!
I have already started accepting entries into the Giveaway. You can enter by subscribing to Read Schmead and by posting comments. Basically every subscriber is automatically entered into the contest. For every comment you post I will enter your name into the contest again.
Here are some more photos from the event:
Also, don’t forget you can buy signed copies of Brian Selznick’s books at A Whale of a Tale Children’s Bookshoppe! Call us at 949-854-8288!!