This past week, a group of acclaimed authors embarked on a tour in honor of the launch of Hope Nation: YA Authors Share Personal Moments of Inspiration, which was released by Philomel on February 27. More than 400 fans attended events across the U.S. to celebrate the essay collection. The festivities kicked off in the Dallas area on February 25, with a panel featuring authors Angie Thomas, Julie Murphy, and Ally Carter, as well as the editor of the anthology, Dr. Rose Brock, co-founder of the North Texas Teen Book Festival. We’ve rounded up a selection of photo highlights from the tour.

(From l.): Angie Thomas, Julie Murphy, Rose Brock, and Ally Carter discussed Hope Nation at the South Irving Library in Irving, Tex.

(From l.): Anthology contributors Libba Bray, Rose Brock, David Levithan, Jason Reynolds, Alex London, Brendan Kiely, and Gayle Forman took part in a panel at the Strand Bookstore’s Rare Book Room in New York City.

Brock (l.) fielded a question from the audience during the Los Angeles event at the Barnes & Noble The Grove, which featured authors Atia Abawi, Marie Lu, and Nicola Yoon.

(From l.): Thomas, Carter, Brock, and Murphy spread some hope at the South Irving Library.