Colin Meloy and Carson Ellis Discuss Their New Children's Book Wildwood
In "Wildwood," Prue McKeel's life is ordinary. At least until her brother is abducted by a murder of crows and taken to the Impassable Wilderness, a dense, tangled forest on the edge of Portland. No one's ever gone in -- or at least returned to tell of it. So begins an adventure that will take Prue and her friend Curtis deep into the Impassable Wilderness. There, they uncover a secret world in the midst of violent upheaval -- a world full of warring creatures, peaceable mystics and powerful figures with the darkest intentions. What began as a rescue mission becomes something greater, as the two friends find themselves in a struggle for the very freedom of the wilderness.
Meloy once wrote Ray Bradbury a letter, informing him that he "considered himself an author too." He was ten. Since then, Meloy has gone on to be the singer and songwriter for the band The Decemberists, where he channels all of his weird ideas into weird songs. This is his first time channeling those ideas into a novel.
As a kid, Ellis loved exploring the woods, drawing, and nursing wounded animals back to health. As an adult, little has changed -- except she is now the acclaimed illustrator of several books for children, including "The Composer is Dead," "Dillweed's Revenge" and "The Mysterious Benedict Society."
This event is supported by The Seattle Public Library Foundation and is presented in partnership with the Secret Garden Bookshop. Books will be available for purchase and signing.
This program is free and open to the public. For ages 8 and up. Entry is not guaranteed after 6:45 p.m. Limited parking will be available in the Central Library garage for the $5 evening rate.
Photo Credit Autumn de Wilde
Seattle Central Library Microsoft Auditorium
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Seattle, WA 98104
|Minimum Age: 8|
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