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A Dream of Flight with Rob Polivka

September 7 @ 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm

Ready? Set. Fly!

At the turn of the twentieth century, no aviation prize was more coveted in Europe than the Deutsch Prize. To win it, a pilot would have to fly a balloon from Paris’s Aero Club around the Eiffel Tower and back in thirty minutes or less. Who would be the first to succeed?

Alberto Santos-Dumont thought he could. His latest design, Airship No. 6, was perfected from the countless lessons he learned during previous crashes. On the morning of October 19, 1901, Santos was making good time in the race when disaster struck—his motor had sputtered to a stop mid-air! Would Santos make it to the finish line in time—let alone survive?

Join us at Charlie’s for a special reading with Rob Polivka, one of the authors of A Dream of Flight, which tells the tale of Alberto Santos-Dumont, an inventor who risked everything to reach the skies!

About the Author:
Rob was born and raised in rural Minnesota, where he spent most of his time getting dirty outdoors, or at his little drafting table, drawing. He fell in love with comics and picture books, especially those with strong visual storytelling like Jeff Smith’s Bone, and a sweet, poetic cadence, like Arnold Lobel’s Frog and Toad books or Lore Segal’s Tell Me a Mitzi. His picture books include A Dream of Flight: Alberto Santos-Dumont’s Race Around the Eiffel Tower (FSG, 2019), which he cowrote with his brother, Jef Polivka.


September 7
12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
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