Literary Events

Antoinette Portis

When: Sun., Feb. 17, 2 p.m. 2008

In an unimaginative person's hands, a stick is just a stick. But to Antoinette Portis, a stick can pinch-hit as a conductor's wand, a paintbrush, a sword, and much more -- as detailed in her charming book for kids, Not a Stick. Portis' previous book, Not a Box, took a similar approach to hollow rectangular vessels, and became a New York Times bestseller. In an era when kids rely on ever more complex high-tech toys, Portis' premise is inspiring and refreshing. Meet her on Sunday, Feb. 17 at Barnes & Noble (1149 S. Main St., Walnut Creek). 2 p.m.

Anneli Star Josselin Rufus

Price: free

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