Grace Lin and Kate Messner Reading and Signing "Once Upon a Book"

Join us at Mrs. Dalloway's Thursday, Feb 9th at 6:00 PM when award-winning authors GRACE LIN (left) and KATE MESSNER (right) come to read from and sign Once Upon a Book, a modern folktale about the joy of reading.

The event is free, but you must register in advance at Eventbrite or contact us at the store prior to the presentation. Walk-ins cannot be accommodated.

Once upon a time, there was a girl. She went to a place alive with colors, where even the morning dew was warm. Alice loves to imagine herself in the magical pages of her favorite book. So when it flaps its pages and invites her in, she is swept away to a world of wonder and adventure, riding camels in the desert, swimming under the sea with colorful fish, floating in outer space, and more! But when her imaginative journey comes to an end, she yearns for the place she loves best of all. Paired with vibrant illustrations, this lyrical, expressive story invites the reader to savor each page and indulge in the power of imagination.

GRACE LIN is the recipient of the Children's Literature Legacy Award and is the bestselling author and illustrator of over thirty books, including A Big Mooncake for Little Star (a Caldecott Honor), A Big Bed for Little Snow, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon (a Newbery Honor), The Year of the Dog, and the Ling & Ting series. Grace is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and lives in Massachusetts. She invites you to visit her online at

KATE MESSNER  is a New York Times bestselling author of more than fifty books for young readers. Kate's award-winning titles include picture books like Over and Under the Snow and The Brilliant Deep; novels like Breakout and Chirp; engaging nonfiction like The Next President and the History Smashers series; the Ranger in Time adventures; and the Fergus and Zeke easy readers. Kate lives on Lake Champlain and invites you to visit her at


THIS EVENT is free but pre-registration is required. Registration ends at 4:30 pm on February 9th.

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.

WE ARE NOT ABLE to accommodate any walk-ins that evening.

WE ASK that attendees arrive between 5:45 and 6:00 PM for the event.


Thursday, February 9, 2023 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Event address: 
Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore
2904 College Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94705
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Once Upon a Book By Grace Lin, Kate Messner Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316541077
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - February 7th, 2023