In October, superstar author/illustrator Brian Selznick visited Telluride. The event, a joint venture among the five-star Wilkinson Public Library, the Ah Haa School for the Arts, and Between the Covers Bookstore included readings of Selznick’s latest book, “Wonderstruck,” and a show of works by Selznick and his dear friend/mentor, Remy Charlip. There was also a sneak peek screening at the historic Sheridan Opera House of “Hugo,” a new film by director Martin Scorsese scheduled for release around Thanksgiving based on Selznick’s graphic novel, “The Invention of Hugo Cabret.”

Now Selznick is on a roll and the cat is officially out of the bag, with critics tripping over superlatives just as they did when “Hugo Cabret” was published. (Ditto for “Wonderstruck,” which immediately summited The New Times Bestseller list.)

“‘Hugo’ will take your breath away. Martin Scorsese is breaking new ground. 3D becomes an art in his hands. A spectacular adventure for film lovers of all ages. It truly is the stuff that dreams are made of,” Peter Travers,  Rolling Stone

“Magical,” The New York Times

“A Masterpiece,” Time

4 Stars, Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

In anticipation of his visit to town, Telluride Inside… and Out interviewed Brian Selznick. We talked about his path to becoming an author; his years at the Rhode Island School of Design; his first book, Houdini’s Box, where the author finds his muses; Scorsese and “Hugo” and “Wondertruck” in relation to “Hugo Cabret.” The interview, about 20 minutes, is more NPR than TIO, but if you are a fan of Selznick, well worth listening to. I think you will find as I did someone totally open and warm, who leads from strength, not ego. Enjoy by clicking the “play” button.

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