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April 5, 2011 > The Imaginary Railway

The Imaginary Railway

One of the most intimate human experiences even amidst personal turmoil is imagination. Through this portal, anyone can be any thing at any place at almost any time. Some difficult moments, especially during childhood can be confusing; trying to fit in, discovering strengths and acknowledging weaknesses. Imagination is that bit of human existence that can travel beyond physical limits and grant alternatives that otherwise appear beyond reach. At times, imagination and, in this case, the Imaginary Railway can be a lifeline to happiness, excitement and self-esteem that may be challenged in the "real" world.

Andrew Aiton escaped difficult circumstances during his youth by building a railway in his back yard. Free of known physical restraints, the Imaginary Railway led to adventures and happiness. Inhabitants of planet Zeta, who use the railway take all shapes and forms, some pleasant, others neutral while still others wear frowns and appear vaguely hostile. Tracks lead across a variety of landscapes, even beyond Zeta, to outer space. The Imaginary Railway is not all sweetness and light; caves and a threatening monster can initiate conversations about a child's world filled with a plethora of emotions and perceptions. However, by the last page of the colorful book, passengers do find their way to "Home, sweet home."

As creator and illustrator of the Imaginary Railway, Aiton is able to translate personal childhood hopes and fears in a non-threatening manner, allowing children to express their interpretation of the world around them. The Imaginary Railway was written by Aiton as an 18-year old struggling with the trials and tribulations of high school, Now 22, as an illustration student at Academy of Art University, Aiton has started his own publishing business. Those who ride the Imaginary Railway are in for the ride of their young life, traversing cityscape, farmland and forest environments inhabited by bookworms and parrots where books grow on trees, and even outer space.

For children (and parents) who want to hear the whole story and join Andrew Aiton for a ride on the Imaginary Railway, the Fremont Main Library will furnish a free ticket for a reading and book signing by the author on Saturday, April 9th.

All aboard!

The Imaginary Railway
Saturday, April 9
10:30 a.m.
Reading, book sale and signing
2400 Stevenson Blvd., Fremont
(510) 745-1401

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