Brian Selznik

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Brian Selznick is the New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of The Invention of Hugo Cabret and Wonderstruck, among many other beloved books for children. Live Oak, with Moss is his first book for adults. He lives in Brooklyn and San Diego.

Brian Selznik attends TCAF in support of his TCAF-debuting “provocative visual narrative” of Live Oak, With Moss, published by Abrams ComicArts, and based on the original poetry by Walt Whitman and reconstructed by Karen Karbiener.

Extended bio:

“Hello there. My name is Brian Selznick and I’m the author and illustrator of The Invention of Hugo Cabret. I was born in 1966 in New Jersey. I have a sister who is a teacher, a brother who is a brain surgeon, and five nephews and one niece. I studied at The Rhode Island School of Design and after I graduated from college I worked at Eeyore’s Books for Children in New York City. I learned all about children’s books from my boss Steve Geck who is now an editor of children’s books at Greenwillow. While I was at Eeyore’s I also painted the windows for holidays and book events.

“My first book, The Houdini Box, which I both wrote and illustrated, was published in 1991 while I was still working at the bookstore. Since then, I have illustrated many books for children, including Frindle by Andrew Clements, The Doll People by Ann Martin and Laura Godwin, Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Rideby Pam Muñoz Ryan and The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins by Barbara Kerley, which received a 2001 Caldecott Honor.

“I have also written a few other books myself, including The Boy of a Thousand Faces, The Invention of Hugo CabretWonderstruck, and The Marvels.

“I live in Brooklyn, New York, and San Diego, California, with my husband David Serlin.”