Want to stay updated about our latest events?

Sign up for our email newsletter here!


Once Upon a Time presents Brian Selznick - THE MARVELS at Lanterman Auditorium

Event date: 
Monday, November 2, 2015 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Lanterman Auditorium
4491 Cornishon Avenue
La Canada, CA 91011



Offsite event at the Lanterman Auditorium in La Canada

From the Caldecott Medal–winning creator of The Invention of Hugo Cabret and Wonderstruck comes a breathtaking new voyage.
In this magnificent reimagining of the form he originated, two stand-alone stories—the first in nearly 400 pages of continuous pictures, the second in prose—together create a beguiling narrative puzzle.

The journey begins on a ship at sea in 1766, with a boy named Billy Marvel. After surviving a shipwreck, he finds work in a London theatre. There, his family flourishes for generations as brilliant actors until 1900, when young Leontes Marvel is banished from the stage.  Nearly a century later, Joseph Jervis runs away from school and seeks refuge with an uncle in London. Albert Nightingale's strange, beautiful house, with its mysterious portraits and ghostly presences, captivates Joseph and leads him on a search for clues about the house, his family, and the past.

A gripping adventure and an intriguing invitation to decipher how the two narratives connect, The Marvels is a loving tribute to the power of story from an artist at the vanguard of creative innovation. The multi-media, interactive presentation will include a book signing.

About the Author: Brian Selznick is the Caldecott Medal-winning author and illustrator of New York Times bestsellers Wonderstruck and The Invention of Hugo Cabret, which was adapted into Martin Scorsese's Oscar-winning movie Hugo. Selznick's books have garnered countless accolades worldwide, and have been translated into over 35 languages. He has worked as a set designer, independent bookseller and a puppeteer. He lives in San Diego, California, and Brooklyn, New York.


  • (NEW)VIP Ticket price is $40 per FAMILY UNIT - ticket includes ONE  hardcover copy of The Marvels and entrance for family unit of up to 5. Those that prepay for book will receive a $5 coupon and be entered into drawing for a Marvels diarama.  
  • General admission to see the presentation is free.  However, no outside books allowed unless purchased from Once Upon a Time. (bring receipt)

Event Guidelines:

  • No audio or video recording of Brian Selznick's presentation will be permitted.
  • Still photographs (no flash) are allowed during the book signing.
  • Doors open at 6:30 pm.  People with Pre-paid VIP ticket numbers will be in the RESERVED VIP seating in the front. Stadium seating for general admission.
  • Signing line order is based on ticket number.  You must have a ticket to be included in the signing line.
  • Due to time constraints only books will be signed. Memorabilia will not be permitted for signing.
  • Brian Selznick will personalize books, time permitting. 
  • Only books bought from Once Upon a Time will be signed.  Keep your receipt. In addition to The Marvels, up to FIVE books, per ticket, may be signed.

*Please note that these guidelines are subject to change at the time of the event depending on the size of the crowd*

Tickets can be purchased in-store or over the phone by calling 818-248-9668. See store hours. No discounts or frequent buyer club apply.Tickets and books will also be available for purchase at the event, though advance purchase is highly recommended.   VIP Tickets and books will also be available at Will Call on Monday, November 2, 5:30 pm, at the auditorium. 

CAN'T MAKE IT? If you'd like a personalized book but are unable to make the event, please call us at 818-248-9668 to pre-pay and we'll have one or more copies signed and reserved for you or shipped anywhere in the United States.


Staff Pick Logo
The Marvels Cover Image
By Brian Selznick (Illustrator), Brian Selznick
ISBN: 9780545448680
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Scholastic Press - September 15th, 2015

The Invention of Hugo Cabret Cover Image
ISBN: 9780439813785
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scholastic Press - March 1st, 2007

Wonderstruck Cover Image
ISBN: 9780545027892
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scholastic Press - September 13th, 2011

The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins Cover Image
By Barbara Kerley, Brian Selznick (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780439114943
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Scholastic - October 1st, 2001

When Marian Sang: The True Recital of Marian Anderson: True Recital of Marian Anderson, the Cover Image
By Pam Munoz Ryan, Brian Selznick (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780439269674
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Scholastic Press - October 1st, 2002

Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride Cover Image
By Pam Munoz Ryan, Brian Selznick (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780590960755
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Scholastic - October 1st, 1999

Harry Potter Audiobooks through Libro.fm

Staff Picks

Clear your schedule because this is one book that you need to finish in one day. Starr has a strong voice that pulls you in to really experience her life, loss, love, family, and friendship. A powerfuly written story that is both a meaningful and timely read. - Jessica