Booksigning with Chris VanAllsburg for his new book, Queen of the Falls (28th St.)

Saturday, April 9, 2011 - 3:00pm
2660 28th St SE
49512-1619 Grand Rapids

Any kid who has beheld Niagara Falls—or even taken a good look at pictures of it—will be suitably gobsmacked by the true story of charm-school teacher Annie Edson Taylor, who, at age 62, decided on a whim to fund her golden years by being the first person over the falls. At first, local barrel makers turned her away in horror, but her determination was convincing, and on October 24, 1901, the reinforced and padded 160-pound vessel was dropped into the water in front of thousands of nervous spectators. Van Allsburg’s trademark framed illustrations have the unnerving stillness of old-timey photos, though they struggle for a while with settings unconducive to excitement. Once Taylor hits the water, though, Van Allsburg’s restraint becomes a master class in tension, keeping his drawings of the barrel’s interior small enough to communicate claustrophobia. Van Allsburg’s telling of the rest of the tale—Taylor’s failure to parlay her adventure into cash—is especially affecting, and readers will embrace her resolve. Grades 3-5. --Daniel Kraus

This will be a booksigning only event. Chris will personalize and autograph any of his books purchased at Schuler for the event. Please have your receipt with you. If you have some of Chris's books at home you'd like to have autographed, you are in luck! Chris will also autograph (no personalization) up to 3 books!

Chris will make sure that everyone gets through the book signing line, so this event will not be ticketed.

Special Note: We will not be buying Used Books during this event.