San Francisco Public Library

The Chronicles of Harris Burdick

For Immediate Release
Contact: Michelle Jeffers
(415) 557-4282;

October 18, 2011

The Chronicles of Harris Burdick with Chris Van Allsburg and Lemony Snicket

Author Talk, November 12, 2 p.m., San Francisco Main Library

Chronicles of Harris Burdick book cover Two of the biggest names in children’s books, Chris Van Allsburg, author and illustrator of the classic holiday tale, The Polar Express, and Lemony Snicket, aka Daniel Handler, author of the popular A Series of Unfortunate Events novels, will be interviewed by local children’s author Mac Barnett on the new release of The Chronicles of Harris Burdick: 14 Amazing Authors Tell the Tales!

Join us Saturday, Nov. 12, 2 p.m. at the Koret Auditorium, Main Library, to learn about the amazing stories and illustrations in The Chronicles of Harris Burdick and hear from these entertaining authors. A book signing will follow the presentation, presented by Readers Books.

The book is a reworking of Van Allsburg’s The Mysteries of Harris Burdick, which was published more than 25 years ago. Thousands of schoolchildren have written creative stories based on its enigmatic illustrations. A favorite of librarians, teachers and children, the book’s incredibly provocative illustrations now have been brought back to life, accompanied by short stories inspired by the illustrations and created by an all-star team of favorite storytellers.

The stories range from laugh-out-loud funny by Jon Scieszka to compellingly creepy work by Sherman Alexie to a poignant and heartwarming story by Kate DiCamillo. Other authors include Stephen King, Tabitha King, Louis Sachar, Lois Lowry, Gregory Maguire, M.T. Anderson, Cory Doctorow, Jules Feiffer, Walter Dean Myers and Linda Sue Park. The book includes a new introduction by Lemony Snicket.