OLIVER CHIN at Books Inc. Palo Alto

Author image of Oliver Chin and cover photo of his book The Discovery of Chess

Books Inc. Palo Alto proudly welcomes local author Oliver Chin to the shop for a special storytime featuring his book The Discovery of Chess!

This amazingly illustrated storybook explores how chess originated and became the world's most popular game.

Chess has never been more popular. Fueled by the 2020 pandemic-induced increase in leisure time and the Netflix television series The Queen's Gambit, more people play chess than ever before. But do they know where the game originated?

The trio teleport to ancient India to see how rajahs moved their armies onto a playing board. Then the curious travelers zip back to the future as chess migrated westward, across oceans, continents, and the internet! Learn about how iconic pieces evolved, legendary players, and the game's enduring cultural influence. Readers of all ages will develop a greater appreciation of the game of kings... and queens!
This is the fourth adventure in our series on cool inventions created in Asia. The cute red panda Dao makes history come alive by transporting the kids Emma and Ethan back in time. Now they explore the origin and evolution of chess!

Teachers and librarians will find this a great addition to their children's picture book and illustrated collections. The influence of chess is boundless!

"Chess is everything: art, science, and sport." - Anatoly Karpov, World Chess Champion

"These young guys are playing checkers. I'm out there playing chess." ― Kobe Bryant


Oliver Chin is the author of the popular annual children's book series Tales from the Chinese Zodiac. This remains the only series in English on the animals of the Lunar New Year, which is increasingly celebrated worldwide. He presents at schools, libraries, and museums nationwide and teaches artists of all ages how to create their own comic books.

Event date: 
Sunday, November 12, 2023 - 3:00pm
Event address: 
Books Inc. Palo Alto
855 El Camino Real #74
Palo Alto, CA 94301
The Discovery of Chess: The Asian Hall of Fame By Phil Amara, Oliver Chin, Juan Calle (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Phil Amara, Oliver Chin, Juan Calle (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781597021623
Availability: In Stock Now - Click Title to See Store Inventory. Please allow up to 48-hours for Curbside Pickup orders to be processed.
Published: Immedium - October 31st, 2023