Readers of Every Stripe

During his end-of-summer tour for Mr. Tiger Goes Wild (Little, Brown), Peter Brown visited the St. Charles City-County Library in St. Charles, Mo. to meet and greet a crowd of more than 100 readers and share his story about a proper tiger who decides to cut loose. Here, Brown gives a young fan his full attention before signing her book. Brown’s work is popular in St. Charles: several years ago, children’s librarian Amy Koester teamed up with the St. Charles County Parks department to create a Curious Garden walk based on his 2009 picture book, also from Little, Brown. The Mr. Tiger Goes Wild tour winds down with final stops in Brown’s NYC stomping grounds: the Brooklyn Book Festival, McNally Jackson Books, and Books of Wonder.

I, Spy

At an in-house event at Random House on September 17, former CIA agent and author J.C. Carleson (l.) spoke with her editor, Katherine Harrison (r.) about her forthcoming YA novel, The Tyrant’s Daughter (Knopf, Feb. 2014). Because of the book’s crossover appeal to adult readers, Random House employees across all departments were invited to attend. Carleson’s novel tells the story of a teenage girl named Laila who flees the Middle East with her mother and brother following the death of her father – who, Laila learns, was actually a violent dictator. Carleson spoke to the group about writing the novel, and also discussed her career with the CIA, including her involvement with the 2003 search for WMDs in Baghdad.

Dynamic Duo

To promote their newly released teen novels, Sonya Sones (To Be Perfectly Honest, S&S) and Ellen Hopkins (Smoke, S&S/McElderry) launched their tours with several joint appearances, including, shown here, their September 17 visit to Santana High School in La Puenta, Calif. After their September 19 signing at Whale of a Tale in Irvine, Calif., each author will venture out on her own. Sones (l.) heads first to Washington, D.C., for the National Book Festival, and Hopkins (r.) will make several stops in the Midwest and Texas, beginning with an appearance at Milwaukee Public Library, organized by Boswell Books.

Biting ‘Cold’

Holly Black stopped by Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville, Ill., while on tour for The Coldest Girl in Cold Town (Little, Brown, Sept.), about a society in which vampires are quarantined in areas known as Cold Towns. Here, a fan (r.) flashes her fangs while meeting Black. The final stops on Black’s month-long tour will be the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C., the Bethesda Public Library in Bethesda, Md., and the Austin Teen Book Festival, where Black will deliver the event’s closing keynote.


Matthew Cody, author of Will in Scarlet (Knopf, Oct.), landed in a dicey situation when visiting the New York Renaissance Fair in Tuxedo Park, N.Y. Could it be because he was dressed as an outlaw? Speaking of Robin Hood, Cody’s novel tells the story of 13-year-old Will Scarlet and how he went from young noble to exile to key member of the Merry Men of Sherwood Forest.