Famed Children's Author Chris Van Allsburg to Make Special Appearance at Chicago Union Station In Celebration of 30th Anniversary of Classic Book

Nov 17, 2015, 08:55 ET from Rail Events Productions Inc.

CHICAGO, Nov. 17, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- All aboard! Famed children's book creator Chris Van Allsburg will take part in a special event and book signing at Chicago Union Station on November 19 in celebration of the 30th Anniversary Edition of The Polar Express book.

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To help fans and passengers get into the holiday spirit, Chris Van Allsburg will help kick-off the holidays during this special event set at 2:00pm in the Great Hall.  The event will be followed by a public book signing of The Polar Express from 2:30pm4:30pm.

Van Allsburg is taking part in a multi-city tour to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of The Polar Express and promote the 30th Anniversary Edition of the book available through Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. This event will help commemorate this special anniversary edition.


THE POLAR EXPRESS film is based on Chris Van Allburg's classic Christmas picture book, which tells the story of a boy who takes a magical Christmas Eve train ride to the North Pole to receive a special gift from Santa. First published by the Houghton Mifflin Company in 1985, The Polar Express became an instant family favorite and has sold more than 12 million copies worldwide. In 1986 it won the prestigious Caldecott Medal for Illustration.  


The Academy Award winning team of Tom Hanks and director Robert Zemeckis reunite for THE POLAR EXPRESS, an inspiring adventure based on the beloved children's book by Chris Van Allsburg.  When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe. Sony Pictures Imageworks and visual effects supervisor Ken Ralston, Oscar winners for their innovative work, help bring the story vividly to the screen in full CG animation through Imageworks' next-generation motion capture process that allows live-action performances to drive the emotions and movements of the digital characters. Warner Home Video will once again offer THE POLAR EXPRESS in standard-definition, Blu-ray and 3D DVD versions this holiday season.

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