Author Mac Barnett recently toured in celebration of Circle (Candlewick), marking the conclusion of his Shapes picture book trilogy, illustrated by Jon Klassen. The events kicked off on March 5, with a launch party hosted by Skylight Books in Los Angeles, and wrapped up at Octavia Books in New Orleans on March 14. We’ve gathered a selection of highlights from the tour.
Barnett with a young reader at Buckhorn Creek Elementary in Holly Springs, N.C. The visit was hosted by Quail Ridge Books.
The author meeting fans at Buckhorn Creek Elementary.
Barnett was joined by a special guest at Cheremoya Elementary in Los Angeles: illustrator Jon Klassen. Can you find Barnett and Klassen hidden among the kids? The visit was sponsored by Skylight Books.
Story time at Little Shop of Stories in Decatur, Ga.
A student at Florida State University School in Tallahassee wrote a reflection on Barnett’s visit, which was arranged through Midtown Reader. The student said she wore a polka dot dress for the presentation because “it’s covered in circles!”
A signed book display at Midtown Reader in Tallahassee shows the three titles in Barnett and Klassen’s trilogy: Circle, Square, and Triangle.
The author joins the team at Ingram Content Group in LaVergne, Tenn., after a lunchtime presentation. (From l.): Holly Merriman, publisher marketing manager; Nicole Robinson-Hamilton, lead content manager; Gail Vinett, lead content manager; Barnett; Diana Cary, lead content manager; and Charlotte Roth, Candlewick sales rep.
Barnett with author and bookstore owner Ann Patchett, at Parnassus Books in Nashville.
Encircled by young readers at Sacred Heart Academy in New Orleans, during a visit sponsored by Octavia Books. Photo: Gary Alipo.