Brian Selznick, who wrote the best-seller “Wonderstruck” and the screenplay for the new film adaptation, will speak about his work at a fundraiser in Kansas City next weekend.
Selznick will introduce the film and do a Q&A at 4 p.m. Nov. 18 at the Tivoli Cinemas, 4050 Pennsylvania Ave., in Westport. All proceeds will benefit the Rabbit Hole, a nonprofit created to inspire the reading life of children and adults.
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Like the novel, the movie (which opens in Kansas City Nov. 10) tells parallel stories of two deaf runaways in New York — a girl in the 1920s and a boy in the 1970s. Todd Haynes (“Carol,” “Far From Heaven”) directs Julianne Moore, Oakes Fegley and Millicent Simmonds.
This isn’t the first Selznick novel to go Hollywood: “The Invention of Hugo Cabret” was adapted into Martin Scorsese’s Oscar-winning 2011 movie.
The Rabbit Hole, a project of husband and wife Pete Cowdin and Deb Pettid — former owners of the Reading Reptile bookstore — currently operates out of a temporary studio at 110 Southwest Blvd. But Cowdin envisions a national immersive museum that is a “temple to literature.” Selznick appeared in Kansas City earlier this year as part of Cowdin and Pettid’s annual LitFest KC.
Tickets for the “Wonderstruck” screening are $20 and are available only in advance at eventbrite. The event is aimed at ages 8 and up. Guests are asked to arrive by 3:30 p.m. Pre-signed copies of “Wonderstruck” and “The Wonderstruck Movie Scrapbook” will be for sale after the screening. A reception with Selznick is sold out.