Explore The Quirky, Incredible World Of Adult Fans Of LEGO With Jonathan Bender, Author Of "LEGO: A Love Story"

This event was held on March 18, 2011 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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There are 62 LEGO bricks for every person in the world, and at age 30, Jonathan Bender realized that he didn't have a single one of them. While reconsidering his childhood dream of becoming a master model builder for The LEGO Group, he discovers the men and women who are skewing the averages with collections of hundreds of thousands of LEGO bricks. What is it about the ubiquitous, brightly colored toys that make them so hard for everyone to put down?

Join as for a fun filled evening as Jonathan relates the LEGO adventures and discusses his new book "LEGO: A Love Story." The event will include a book signing and books will be on sale.

In search of answers and adventure, Jonathan Bender set out to explore the quirky world of adult fans of LEGO (AFOLs) while becoming a builder himself. As he participated in challenges at fan conventions, searched for the largest private collection in the United States, and visited LEGO headquarters (where he was allowed into the top secret set vault), he found his LEGO journey twinned with a second creative endeavor--to have a child. His two worlds intertwined as he awaited the outcome: Will he win a build competition or bring a new fan of LEGO into the world? Like every really good love story, this one has surprises--and a happy ending.

Ann Arbor also features prominently in the story, as Ann Arbor's own BRICK BASH was one of the first events Bender attended as he was getting back into LEGO. Bender's back for BRICK BASH 2011, which is Saturday, 3/19 at WCC!

Whether you're an avid LEGO freak or a onetime fan who now shares LEGO bricks with your children, this book will appeal to the inner builder in you and reignite a love for all things LEGO.

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