Discussing Wondrous Worlds at Books of Wonder

On Tuesday, five YA authors visited Books of Wonder in New York City for an event entitled “Brave New Worlds.” Each of the authors’ recent books (even those set in “our” world) has supernatural and/or fantasy elements, be it the colorful “monsters” of Kristen Cashore’s Fire or the Norse-God-disguised-as-lawn-gnome in Libba Bray’s Going Bovine. Here (l. to r.), Justine Larbalestier (Liar), Cashore, Scott Westerfeld (Leviathan), Bray, and Suzanne Collins (Catching Fire) get ready to give their pens a workout at the signing table. Author Michael Grant (Hunger; Gone) was scheduled to participate as well but had to cancel due to illness. An attendee has posted a detailed recap of the event on the First Novels Club blog.

Books Without Borders

Dashdondog Jamba, a member of one of the smaller chapters of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators—in Mongolia—is one of 170 nominees for the 2010 Astrid Lindgren Award. The reason: years of work bringing children’s books to remote Mongolian villages via mobile library. That mobile library would be the Bactrian Camel seen here (if you look closely, a copy of Dr. Seuss’s Green Eggs and Ham is visible). In addition to Jamba’s efforts, the SCBWI has donated books to libraries in the Mongolian capitol of Ulan Bator.

Happy Ivy and Bean Day!

Last Saturday, more than 100 bookstores and libraries across the country celebrated Ivy and Bean Day, inspired by the series of books by Annie Barrows and Sophie Blackall, which are published by Chronicle. The Ivy and Bean Day events also served to launch the sixth book in the series, Ivy and Bean: Doomed to Dance. Stores received two t-shirts to use as prizes (seen here with their t-shirts are the winners from The Voracious Reader in Larchmont, N.Y.) as well as posters, bookmarks and activity sheets. Additionally, author Annie Barrows attended an Ivy and Bean Day at Bookshop West Portal in San Francisco; click here to watch a video of that event.