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Brian Selznick, BIG TREE - at University of St. Thomas!

Event date: 
Wednesday, May 17, 2023 - 6:30pm

Join Red Balloon Bookshop in welcoming Caldecott medalist, Brian Selznick back to St. Paul to celebrate his latest novel, Big Tree! We are excited to be working with the University of St. Thomas as our community partner in making this event possible.

“The tale of the natural world is the greatest story we have to tell, and Brian delivers a brilliant chapter of that tale throughout the pages of Big Tree.” - Steven Spielberg

A mysterious voice has been speaking to Louise in her dreams. She and her brother Merwin are Sycamore seeds, who hope to one day set down roots and become big trees. But when a fire forces them to leave their mama tree prematurely, they find themselves catapulted into the unknown, far from home. Brimming with humor, wonder, mystery, and a profound sense of hope, Big Tree is a trailblazing adventure, illustrated with nearly 300 pages of breathtaking pictures. Learn more about Big Tree at the official website here!

To attend: A ticket is required to attend this event, which you can register for below. Your ticket includes a purchase of one book and up to four seats for the event. You can register for a ticket through May 17, 1:00pm. Extra copies of Big Tree will be available for purchase during the event in addition to other books by Brian Selznick, but pre-orders of other titles are encouraged to guarantee your claim to a copy. You can visit a list of other Brian Selznick titles at this link.  Check in will begin at 5:30pm, and doors will open at 6:00pm. Seating is open.

Location & Accessibility: This event will be held at the O'Shaughnessy Education Center Auditorium (OEC) at the University of St. Thomas. This venue is located on the first floor, and parking is available in the upper levels of the Frey Parking Ramp beside the OEC Auditorium (the main level is reserved for students). This parking ramp is right off of Cleveland and Ashland Avenue. You can view a closeup map of the campus with the Frey ramp here, and see other parking information at this link. All surface lots on campus are free the week of the event as well.

Signing Guidelines: Following the reading, Brian Selznick will sign and personalize copies of the book. Brian will sign up to 2 books brought from home. Signing line tickets will be distributed based on the order of sign-up on Eventbrite. If you would prefer not to stay for the signing portion, Red Balloon is happy to have your books signed and personalized for you and will contact you when they're ready to be picked up.


Brian Selznick’s books have sold millions of copies, garnered countless awards worldwide, and been translated into more than 35 languages. He broke open the novel form with his innovative and genre-defying thematic trilogy, beginning with the Caldecott Medal-winning #1 The New York Times bestseller The Invention of Hugo Cabret, adapted into Martin Scorsese's Oscar-winning movie Hugo. He followed that with the #1 The New York Times bestseller, Wonderstruck, adapted into the eponymous movie by celebrated filmmaker Todd Haynes, with a screenplay by Selznick, and The New York Times bestseller, The Marvels. Selznick’s two most recent books for young people, Baby Monkey, Private Eye, co-written with his husband David Serlin, and Kaleidoscope, a The New York Times Notable Children’s Book of 2021, were both The New York Times bestsellers as well. He also illustrated the 20th anniversary edition covers of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. Selznick and Serlin divide their time between Brooklyn, New York and La Jolla, California.