Booki Vivat Launch For Her Children's Graphic Novel "Meet Me on Mercer Street"


Join us on Tuesday, April 2nd at 6:30 pm when bestselling Oakland author/illustrator BOOKI VIVAT, creator of the bestselling Frazzled series, comes to the store to launch her new graphic novel for young readers Meet Me On Mercer Street - think Harriet the Spy meets Front Desk. Booki will be joined in conversation by THIEN PHAM, author/illustrator of Family Style: Memories of an American from Vietnam.

This is a free event, but you must pre-register on Eventbrite or in the store to ensure seating. Click Here to preorder a copy of Meet Me On Mercer Street.

Aspiring artist Kacie spends most of her time on Mercer Street with her best friend, Nisha, people-watching and doodling whatever is happening in their neighborhood. But when she comes back from a summer away, the local corner store is boarded up, the adults in town are all on edge, and Nisha is nowhere to be found! Everything is changing, and Kacie’s not sure what to do about it. Especially without Nisha to help her.

But Kacie has a knack for noticing things, and with her sketchbooks and observational skills, she just might have what it takes to figure out what’s really happening on Mercer Street.

Filled with both cartoons and graphic comic panels, Booki Vivat draws a hilarious-yet-deeply-perceptive portrait of a changing neighborhood, a mysterious disappearance, and the girl who’s determined to understand how she fits in to the picture.

BOOKI VIVAT grew up in Southern California, telling stories and doodling. Before becoming an author, she taught middle school English abroad and worked in publishing in New York. Now she lives in Oakland and makes books for kids! Follow her on Instagram at @bookibookibooki and learn more at

THIEN PHAM is a graphic novelist, comic artist, and educator based in Oakland. He is the author and illustrator of the acclaimed graphic memoir Family Style: Memories of an American from Vietnam and the graphic novel Sumo. He also did the art for the middle-grade graphic novel Level Up, written by Gene Luen Yang. He is an ongoing comic contributor to EaterSF and as such eats. A lot. Follow Thien on Instagram at @thiendog .

THIS EVENT is free but pre-registration is requested. Registration ends at 5:00 pm on April 2nd.

BECAUSE SEATING is limited, please register only if you plan to attend.

DUE TO SPACE limitations, we may not be able to accommodate every person at an event, so early registration is encouraged.

WALK-INS will be accommodated only if space allows.

WE ASK that attendees arrive between 6:15 and 6:30 PM for the event.

PLEASE leave your non-support companion animals at home.

OUR shared restrooms are not accessible after 6:30 PM, please plan accordingly.

Tuesday, April 2, 2024 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Event address: 
Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore
2904 College Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94705
Meet Me on Mercer Street By Booki Vivat Cover Image
ISBN: 9781338788686
Availability: Most titles are on our shelves or available within 1-5 days.
Published: Scholastic Press - April 2nd, 2024