When: Tue., June 11, 7 p.m. 2013
For Ransom Riggs, dusty old photographs -- of teenagers at the prom, awkwardly posing families, couples smiling next to their first car, and crying babies -- are a treasure: a heartwarming reminder of our commonalities, as well as our mysterious pasts. Riggs had amassed an impressive collection of strangers' photos from flea markets when he struck upon the idea of stringing together a narrative based on his bounty. The book that emerged, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, is the story of a boy who follows a series of clues that lead to an abandoned orphanage on a Welsh island. The black-and-white photos scattered throughout add an eccentric sense of mystery to TheNew York Times young adult bestseller, which is already set to be adapted into a film by Tim Burton. Join Riggs at Books Inc. (1760 Fourth St., Berkeley) as he celebrates the paperback release of his novel.