Red Balloon Bookshop and University of St. Thomas - College of Education are pleased to welcome Caldecott Award-winning and beloved author and illustrator Brian Selznick (The Invention of Hugo Cabaret, Wonderstruck) as he presents his newest masterpiece, The Marvels, on Tuesday, Sept 22, 6:30 pm, at the University of St. Thomas OEC Auditorium in St. Paul.
Told in half pictures, half prose, The Marvels is both a gripping adventure and an intriguing puzzle as readers decipher how the two stories--the first involving a shipwrecked boy named Billy Marvel in 1766, and the second involving Joseph Jervis, a runaway boy seeking refuge in his uncle’s strange house in 1990--connect. Brian Selznick’s innovation and imagination come together to create another loving tribute to the magic of illustration, the timelessness of the printed book, and the power of story.
This is a ticketed presentation and book signing. Tickets may be obtained by pre-purchasing The Marvels for $32.99 (+ tax) from Red Balloon Bookshop. Each book purchase comes with two free event tickets. These tickets also indicate your place in the signing line. Additional general admission tickets may be purchased for $5.00 (these tickets are for the presentation only, not for the signing line). One ticket per person; children 5 and under are free. Discounts do not apply. Tickets can be purchased in-store or over the phone by calling 651-224-8320. See store hours. Tickets and books will also be available for purchase at the event, though advance purchase is recommended.
Tickets and books may be picked up at the store beginning Tuesday, Sept 15 (the book’s release date) through Monday, Sept 21. Tickets and books will also be available at Will Call on Tuesday, Sept 22, 5:30 pm, at the auditorium.
Location Details: This event is held at the University of St. Thomas OEC Auditorium in St. Paul. Seating is general admission. Get directions here. (The OEC is on Cleveland, in between Portland & Ashland - #5 on the map.)
Signing Guidelines: At the time of your ticket purchase, you will be assigned a ticket within a signing group. This indicates your place in the signing line. Directly following the presentation on Sept 22, signing groups will be called up to wait in line. In addition to The Marvels, each ticket holder may bring up to 2 books from home to be signed. In addition, all Brian Selznick titles purchased from Red Balloon Bookshop may be signed.
Photography & Recording Guidelines: Video and/or audio recording of this presentation is not permitted. Still photographs (no flash) are allowed during the book signing; however, due to time restrictions, photos in the signing line may be limited to “unposed” photos only. A Red Balloon team member will be on hand to help take your photo while you meet the author.
CAN'T MAKE IT? If you'd like a personalized book but are unable to make the event, please call us at 651-224-8320 to pre-pay and we'll have one or more copies signed and reserved for you or shipped anywhere in the United States.
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