Bookshop Santa Cruz Presents: Brian Selznick | BIG TREE

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Bookshop Santa Cruz Presents: Brian Selznick | BIG TREE

Bookshop welcomes bestselling children’s author Brian Selznick, who will discuss his new book BIG TREE.

By Bookshop Santa Cruz

When and where

Date and time

Starts on Tuesday, April 25 · 5pm PDT


London Nelson Community Center 301 Center Street Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Refund Policy

Contact the organizer to request a refund.

About this event

  • 1 hour
  • Mobile eTicket


Multiple ticket options are available—please select carefully! Most ticket packages include a copy of BIG TREE; you may also choose Entry Only for a single ticket that does not include a book.

  • 1 ticket + 1 book | BIG TREE
  • 2 tickets + 1 book | BIG TREE
  • FAMILY PACKAGE | 3 tickets + 1 book | BIG TREE
  • Entry Only | NO BOOK

Children ages four and under are permitted entry without a ticket, as long as they stay on their parent’s lap and are not disruptive to the event.


The fate of all life on Earth may depend on the bravery of two little seeds in this epic adventure from the #1 New York Times bestselling creator and Caldecott Medalist of The Invention of Hugo Cabret.

"Hello, stars. I thought I heard you calling me."

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. Alone and unprepared, they must use their wits and imagination to navigate a dangerous world—filled with dinosaurs, meteors, and volcanoes!—and the fear of never finding a safe place to grow up. As the mysterious voice gets louder, Louise comes to realize their mission in life may be much bigger than either of them ever could have imagined!

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. It is Selznick's most imaginative and far-reaching work to date and a singular reading experience for the whole family!


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 New York Times bestseller The Invention of Hugo Cabret, adapted into Martin Scorsese's Oscar-winning movie Hugo. He followed that with the #1 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 New York Times Notable Children’s Book of 2021, were both 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. Learn more at and


  • COVID-19 safety at the event: Masks are highly encouraged and may be required at the time of the event. All attendees agree to comply with current COVID precautions, which are subject to change.
  • More details, including parking info, will be sent in a confirmation email
  • All tickets are final sale and do not qualify for Bookshop Reader’s Club Credit.
  • Books will be available for pick-up at the event, or at the information desk starting on April 4th.

About the organizer

Organized by
Bookshop Santa Cruz

Bookshop Santa Cruz is a large independent bookstore located in the heart of downtown Santa Cruz, California, since 1966. We take immense pride in being an independent bookstore, with the ability and desire to reflect the interests of local readers, and we produce over 100 author events per year both in the store and at offsite venues around town. Bookshop Santa Cruz is a year-round host to locals, tourists, and students alike. Plus we've garnered loyal customers for over five decades and have been voted “Best Bookstore” in Santa Cruz County for more than 25 consecutive years!

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