FOR KIDS: Nidhi Chanani Launches Her New Graphic Novel "Super Boba Cafe"

Join us at Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore on Sunday, October 22nd at 2 pm when Bay Area author NIDHI CHANANI  launches her new graphic novel for readers ages 8-12, Super Boba Cafe. First in a series, Nidhi's book is a sweet and magical graphic novel about a boba café, an earthquake-causing monster, and an unforgettable summer. Nidhi will read from and discuss her book and will sign copies at the end of her presentation.


To register for this free event, go to Eventbrite or contact the store.

Click here to preorder a copy of Super Boba Cafe in paperback.

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In the fog laden hills of San Francisco sits a sleepy independent boba café. Run by Jing Li and guarded by her kitty Bao, it comfortably fades into the background. But inside the boba café, there’s a secret. Jing is the keeper of the monster of San Francisco. Each day she prepares one giant boba for nine hours to feed it.

When Jing’s granddaughter, Aria, comes to stay with her for the summer she makes it her mission to turn the café around. Aria is quickly aided by Bao, who gives birth to eight perfect kittens. Aria spreads the news of the boba cat café on social media and overnight it is overrun with excited customers. Each day Nainai Li (Grandma Li) finds reasons to close the café but the demand only increases.

When she opens, the hill monster is left hungry and small earthquakes begin to plague the city. When Aria secretly follows her Nainai to the hill monster cave she isn’t sure what awaits. Will Aria be able to reason with the monster or become its new favorite meal? Or will she disturb its underground existence and cause the Big One?

NIDHI CHANANI is a freelance illustrator, cartoonist, and writer. Born in Calcutta and raised in suburban Southern California, she creates because it makes her happy—with the hope that it can make others happy too. Her debut graphic novel, Pashmina, received starred reviews from School Library Journal and Publishers Weekly, was a JLG Selection, a YALSA Top Ten Great Graphic Novel for Teens, and was reviewed in the New York Times, among other honors. She has a number of other comics and picture books out in the world as well, including Binny’s Diwali, Jukebox, and What Will My Story Be? Chanani draws and dreams every day with her husband, kid, and their kittens in the San Francisco Bay Area.

THIS EVENT is free but pre-registration is requested. Registration ends at 1:00 pm on October 22nd.

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 1:45 and 2:00 PM for the event.

PLEASE leave your non-support companion animals at home.

Sunday, October 22, 2023 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Event address: 
Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore
2904 College Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94705
Super Boba Café (Book 1): A Graphic Novel By Nidhi Chanani Cover Image
ISBN: 9781419759574
Availability: Most titles are on our shelves or available within 1-5 days.
Published: Abrams Fanfare - October 24th, 2023