This month, YA author Holly Black set out on a six-city tour in celebration of her new novel, The Cruel Prince (Little, Brown, Jan. 2), which marks her return to the fantastic world of Faerie. The tour kicked off on January 2 at Oblong Books & Music in Rhinebeck, N.Y. We’ve gathered a selection of photo highlights from the events, which featured readings, signings, and appearances by guest authors.

Nikki Sprinkle (seated on r.) and Kelly Green (standing), founders of the online book community The Inside Story, connected with Black (l.) at Watermark Books.

(From l.): Authors Terry Benton, Dede Nesbitt, Holly Black, and Nic Stone gathered at Avid Bookshop in Athens, Ga.

Roshani Chokshi (l.), author of Aru Shah and the End of Time (Disney-Hyperion, Mar.), joined Black at the DeKalb Library in Decatur, Ga. Here, Holly wears her “magical” fur coat to protect her from the cold on the road.

Following an appearance at Watermark Books in Wichita, Kans., Black signed the basement wall at the store, adding her name under her friend and fellow SFF author Kelly Link’s signature.

During her visit to the St. Charles City-County Library in St. Louis Black donned a handmade crown—like the one on the cover of Ironside—given to her by a longtime fan and aspiring writer (r.). Afterward, Black took a look at the teen’s work and shared some feedback.

Black is scheduled to appear next at Barnes & Noble Tribeca in New York City on January 30 with Melissa Albert, author of The Hazel Wood (Flatiron, Jan.). The tour will pick up on March 10 at the Tucson Festival of Books, where Black will appear as keynote speaker, and continue through April at the San Antonio Book Festival and the North Texas Teen Book Festival.