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Flintridge Bookstore makes reading a family matter

Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse hosts annual mother-daughter event.

January 29, 2014|By Sara Cardine

Leila Thompsky had been saving up her allowance money for a special occasion, and on Sunday she got her chance to spend it on a personal passion — books — at the Fifth Annual Mother-Daughter Book Party hosted by Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse.

Specially created for moms and girls in third through seventh grade, the event featured book signings and face-to-face talks with seven local authors.

PHOTOS: 5th Annual Mother and Daughter Book Party at Flintridge Bookstore

Thompsky, 10, brought her mother, Beth Fabinsky, with the idea of getting as many of the featured works as she could afford.

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Together, they made the rounds between seven stations. Authors were on hand to discuss their latest works, answer questions about writing and publishing and talk about story ideas, hobbies, pets and more.

"She's a voracious reader and she's already a writer," Fabinsky explained of her daughter. "Talking to authors and learning a little bit about the process of writing is something (Leila) hasn't been exposed to."

Among the books selected for the event were mysteries, like Frances Sackett's "Misadventures of the Magician's Dog," historical fiction like "Finding Zasha" by Randi Barrow and the contemporary "Confessions of a So-Called Middle Child" from Maria T. Lennon, all of whom live in Los Angeles. Author Gwen Dandridge traveled from Santa Barbara to discuss her fantasy book, "The Stone Lions," set in 12th century Islamic-ruled Spain.

The book party is an opportunity for moms and daughters to discover new authors, find good reads and inspire the writers within, said Catherine Linka, children's and young adult book buyer for Flintridge Bookstore.

"A lot of times, parents and children don't know what to read. By having several authors at once we can expose readers to genres they might not have read on their own," Linka said.

Linka circulated among the stations, scattered throughout the store and coffee shop, with a buzzer in hand. Allowing several minutes for discussion, she rang the buzzer for people to switch stations. The round-robin format ensured girls and moms could meet and talk to every author, she said.

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