Last month, author Ransom Riggs set out on a tour in celebration of the release of The Conference of the Birds (Dutton), fifth in his paranormal YA series Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Beginning on January 14 and wrapping up on the 26th, the tour featured stops in North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California. We’ve gathered a selection of highlights from the events, which featured readings, signings, cosplay, and more.

Over the course of the tour, Riggs drove in a branded van from Asheville, N.C. to Los Angeles. Photo: Courtesy of Ransom Riggs/Penguin Young Readers

Malaprop’s Bookstore in Asheville hosted the launch event for Ransom Riggs’s national tour. Credit: Robert Bradley, Malaprop’s.

Riggs met fans who were dressed as Miss Peregrine during his meet-and-greet pre-event at Malaprops. Attendees received a Polaroid photo signed by the author, along with a swag bag.

Two young Peculiars tried out some new karate moves during the signing at Homewood Theatre, Brookwood Village in partnership with Books-A-Million in Birmingham, Ala. Photo: Books-A-Million

The staff at Page & Palette in Fairhope, Ala., welcome Riggs to the store. Activity stations open in advance of the public event included photo-ops, a costume trunk, a trivia reel, and custom Peculiar temporary tattoos. Photo: Page & Palette

Author Tahereh Mafi surprised her husband (Riggs) on his tour stop at BookPeople in Austin, where they appeared in conversation. Photo: BookPeople.

Mafi and Riggs discussed The Conference of the Birds at Half Price Books in Dallas. The bookstore set up a photo-op scavenger hunt throughout the store, giving fans the chance to pose with recreations of each of the book covers in the series. Photo: Half Price Books

A view of the crowd at the Barnes & Noble Coronado Mall in Albuquerque, N.M. Photo: Elyse Marshall.

Riggs with booksellers at Barnes & Noble Coronado Mall in Albuquerque. Photo: Marshall.

The author delivering a presentation at Changing Hands in Tempe, Ariz. Photo: Marshall.

Fans attending Riggs’s tour events frequently bring their own old photos to share with the author, inspired by those in his books. Photo: Marshall.

Joking around with staff at the San Diego Public Library’s Library Shop. The event drew more than 200 fans. Photo: The Library Shop.

The author’s hometown fans came out for the last stop on his tour at Barnes & Noble The Grove in Los Angeles.

Photo: Lennie Rohrbacher, B&N The Grove.