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Conversation with Brian Selznick, Novelist Behind Oscar-Winning Film Hugo

Updated: Feb 15, 2021

An episode of Unscripted, our conversation series dedicated to bringing leaders whose works are improving the state of the world to share their insights with the next generation.

Mr. Brian Selznick is a distinguished writer and illustrator who has been awarded the Caldecott Medal. His novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret was adapted into Martin Scorsese's Academy Awards-winning film Hugo, receiving 11 nominations—including Best Picture—the most among any films that year. He is also known for illustrating the covers of the Harry Potter series's 20th-anniversary edition. Mr. Selznick is a third-generation relative to movie producer David O Selznick of Gone with the Wind (1939). To learn more about Brian, please visit

This conversation explores how effective and thoughtful communication contributes to social inclusion and respect. Brian discusses his personal experience of writing and illustrating at a young age and his decision-making process of becoming an author. We dig deep into how the main themes of his writings connect to the state of our society today, reflecting on the role of good communication. We wrap up with Brian's hope for the future, his long-term goals and aspirations.



Unscripted is an interview series produced by the East Coast Coalition for Tolerance and Non-Discrimination (ECC), a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting inclusion and equity for marginalized minorities.

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