Award winning author Brian Selznick to appear at AASL national conference

For Immediate Release
Mon, 05/18/2015


Jennifer Habley

Manager, Web Communications

American Association of School Librarians (AASL)


CHICAGO – Brian Selznick, award winning author of “The Invention of Hugo Cabret,” will appear during a special author general session on Sat., Nov. 7, 2015, during the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) 17th National Conference & Exhibition. The conference, themed “Experience Education Evolution,” will be held Nov. 5-8, in Columbus, Ohio. Full conference details can be found at

Known as a master storyteller with a unique vision, Brian Selznick is an award-winning author and illustrator of children’s books. While working at the independent bookstore Eeyore's Books for Children in New York City, he wrote and illustrated his first book, “The Houdini Box,” which was inspired by his fascination with the famous magician. His groundbreaking book “The Invention of Hugo Cabret” was awarded the 2008 Caldecott Medal, nominated for a National Book Award and was the basis for Martin Scorsese's Oscar-winning film “Hugo.”

His upcoming novel, “The Marvels,” has been described “a multi-layered reading experience in words and pictures.” It weaves together two stories – one set in 1776 and told in pictures and one set in 1990 and told in words. Selznick spent three years creating this pioneering book, dedicating an entire year to the illustrations. “The Marvels” will be available for purchase during national conference.

“Brian Selznick is a writer, an artist, and a showman,” said Karen Perry, author co-chair. “Any talk he gives is wonderfully entertaining and illuminates how he does such magical work for children.  With 'The Marvels,' coming out just before national conference, this is one general session you won’t want to miss!”

Selznick’s national conference appearance is made possible by Scholastic.

The AASL National Conference & Exhibition is the only national conference dedicated solely to the needs of school librarians and their roles as educational leaders. The 17th National Conference & Exhibition, “Experience Education Evolution,” taking place Nov. 5-8, 2015, will feature preconference workshops, concurrent sessions and an exhibition featuring companies relevant to the profession.

The American Association of School Librarians,, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), empowers leaders to transform teaching and learning.