Are you a fan of Rick Riordan's bestselling "Percy Jackson and the Olympians" kids series? Come to the Grove, where Riordan will talk about his new book, The Son of Neptune
, the second of his "The Heroes of Olympus" series. The pre-party for the book, which comes out Tuesday, includes an Olympian costume contest, a mythology contest, giveaways and much more. This event is for all ages, so bring all your Roman-and-Greek-god-loving friends and family. Riordan is a very successful author for both adults and children. And did you know he's also one of the creators of poptropica.com, a fun and safe website for children? His outstanding writing just makes you want to keep reading. His books are impossible to put down! See you at the event! Barnes & Noble, the Grove, 189 The Grove Drive; Sun., Oct. 2, 1-4 p.m.; free (book is available Tues., Oct. 4, for $19.99). (323) 900-8080.
Sun., Oct. 2, 1-4 p.m., 2011