‘Grace’-ing the Stage

As part of the 10th anniversary celebrations for book one of the Spiderwick Chronicles (The Field Guide, Simon & Schuster), which follows the adventures of the Grace siblings into the world of fairies, Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black made a couple of stops in Rhode Island on May 15. First, they did a presentation for students at Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, where the pair discussed and answered questions about their creative process. Then, as the visit also coincided with Children’s Book Week, they winged it over to nearby Barrington for a signing at Barrington Books, which attracted nearly 100 fans. Here, DiTerlizzi and Black pose with a poster showing the new cover design for the rerelease of The Field Guide.

With a Little Help From Her Friends

Beautiful Creatures co-author Margaret Stohl has just released her first solo effort, Icons (Little, Brown), but she’s still a team player. Using the tagline “Friends don’t let friends tour alone,” she organized the YA Icons Tour, which is bringing Stohl and a rotating gaggle of author pals to bookshops and libraries in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Salt Lake City, Provo (Utah), the New York City area, and Charleston, S.C. The West Coast leg concluded with the Santa Monica Barnes and Noble visit shown here; back row, l. to r.: Shane Pagburn, Ransom Riggs. Front row, l. to r.: Marie Lu, Kami Garcia, Tahereh Mafi, Alyson Noël, and Margaret Stohl.

‘Failure’ Is Definitely an Option

Stephan Pastis (l.) wrapped up his 10-city tour for Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made (Candlewick) earlier this month near his hometown in Northern California, with a visit to Copperfield’s Books in Petaluma. The book, Pastis’s first for children (he’s the creator of comic strip Pearls Before Swine), has spent 10 consecutive weeks on the New York Times bestseller list since its release in late February, when it also debuted on PW’s Children’s Fiction list. Here, Pastis poses at Copperfield’s with fan Max Lopez, who is modeling a self-designed Timmy t-shirt.