Recently authors kicked off a book launch with an ice cream truck; held a mystery-centric event; celebrated a release with a sweet treat; and made a school visit to a school for the Deaf.

Blast from the Past

Maurene Goo made an appearance at Rockefeller Center on April 4 to launch her new time-travel YA book Throwback (Zando Young Readers) with “Throwback Rides,” featuring an ice cream truck and free ’90s memorabilia.

Get a Clue!

On March 30, author April Henry (r.) visited Powell’s Books in Portland, Ore., for an event to discuss her new YA thriller Girl Forgotten (Macmillan/Ottaviano). Henry was joined by mystery writer Emmeline Duncan (l.) for a conversation about craft.

Have Your Cake and Eat It Too

In honor of Michelle Meadows’s new early reader Maxie Wiz and Her Dragon (Random House/Step into Reading), her husband, Rich Meadows, had a cake made that featured the book’s cover. The book follows young wizard Maxie as she tries to come up with a spell for her quickly growing dragon.

A Meaningful School Visit

On April 4, Dean Robbins visited the Wisconsin School for the Deaf in Delavan, Wisc. Robbins gave a reading of his nonfiction picture book The Fastest Girl on Earth (Knopf) with sign language interpreter Jennifer Sullivan.