We welcomed renowned author and illustrator Brian Selznick to Hawaiʻi, and to the Green Room on Oʻahu at the Hanahauʻoli School on Saturday, May 20th, 2023, at 6:30pm.
The Associated Press called Selznick “one of publishing’s most imaginative storytellers.” Selznick’s most recent bestselling novel Kaleidoscope was a New York Times Notable Children’s Book of 2021.
In praising his body of work, The Washington Post said, “Brian Selznick proves to be that rare creator capable of following one masterpiece with another.”
Brian’s new immersive novel Big Tree, his most broadly reaching and ambitious work to date, is a love letter to the natural world. The story follows two tiny sycamore seeds, Louise and Merwin, as they try to save the world while searching for a safe place to grow.
The novel opens with this epigraph:
On the last day of the world
I would want to plant a tree
—From “Place” by W.S. Merwin
The story began as an original idea from film legend Steven Spielberg, with guidance by Illumination Founder and CEO Chris Meledandri. It grew into Big Tree, which was released worldwide in hardcover and ebook in April 2023.
General Admission tickets are $25 each plus fees. Tickets for children age 12 and under are $12.50 plus fees. (**Please note this event has passed.)
Mahalo to Anne Swayne Keir and the Keith and Judy Swayne Fund for generously supporting the 10th year of this program as a Green Room Host, and to the Hanahau’oli School Professional Development Center for their generous support.