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- August 21, 2020

Book talk

STORY TIMES ...New York Times bestselling author Drew Daywalt, known for writing "The Day the Crayons Quit" and its sequel, "The Day the Crayons Came Home," will be hosting a virtual children's story time at 5 p.m., Sept. 15, through Kepler's Literary Foundation. Daywalt will read CharStyle:inlinebold>"Sleepy: The Goodnight Buddy," his hilarious twist on the classic bedtime story "Goodnight Moon."

For middle schoolers, Lev Grossman, the No. 1 New York Times bestselling author of the book and TV series "The Magicians," will introduce his new fantasy adventure CharStyle:inlinebold>"The Silver Arrow" at 6 p.m., Sept. 10.

To RSVP to either event, visit


Menlo Park author Cynthia Clumeck, a graduate of Stanford University who is an expert in the college admission process, is set to release her latest book, CharStyle:inlinebold>"The Parent Compass: Navigating Your Teen's Wellness and Academic Journey in Today's Competitive World" in September. She and co-author Jenn Curtis, who owns an educational consulting company in Orange County, wrote the book to help parents understand their appropriate role in navigating a competitive academic environment that has resulted in overparenting and even fraud and bribery.

The book provides resources for parents to adopt better parenting behavior and learn to appropriately approach the type of parenting that leads to their children's academic success and emotional well-being.

The authors called on the expertise of education thought leaders, school counselors, heads of school, teachers, adolescent psychologists and their own wisdom as mothers. For more information, visit

'WE ARE NOT FREE' BOOK LAUNCH ... Books Inc. is partnering with the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California to host the virtual launch of Traci Chee 's new critically acclaimed YA novel, "We Are Not Free."

The book is a collective account of a tight-knit group of young San Francisco Nisei, second-generation Japanese American citizens, whose lives are irrevocably changed by the mass U.S. incarcerations during World War II.

Chee will be in conversation with Misa Sugiura, author of "This Time Will be Different." All copies of her book purchased from Books Inc. will be signed by Chee. Sugiura also will be providing signed bookplates for "This Time will be Different."

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