Together in the Lone Star State

In town for the Texas Library Association annual conference in San Antonio, Tex., authors (l. to r.) Kami Garcia (Unbreakable), Jonathan Auxier (The Night Gardener), Margaret Stahl (Icons), Thomas Voorhies (Quarantine #1: The Loners), Alaya Dawn Johnson (The Summer Prince), and Trent Reedy (Divided We Fall) were all smiles after their teen panel event at The Twig Bookshop on April 8.

Cover Shot

During the April 7 launch party for John Corey Whaley’s Noggin (S&S/Atheneum) at Skylight Books in Los Angeles, the author took a moment to pose inside a cut-out model of the book’s cover. Whaley is making multiple stops during a weeklong tour of California, culminating in panel events at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books.

Good Company

Author Rebecca Serles (r.) celebrated the release of her YA novel, The Edge of Falling (S&S/Pulse) during an appearance at McNally Jackson in New York City. She was joined by fellow author and friend Leila Sales (l., This Song Will Save Your Life), with whom she discussed the inspiration behind the book before Champagne and appetizers were served to attendees.

In the “Moo”d

At the 26th annual Minnesota Book Awards gala in St. Paul, author David LaRochelle (l.) and illustrator Mike Wohnoutka (r.) celebrated their win in the children’s literature category for Moo! (Bloomsbury/Walker) with presenter Lise Lunge-Larsen (center). The awards honor Minnesota-area authors and illustrators. There were 960 attendees at the gala, which was co-sponsored by the Friends of the St. Paul Public Library, in partnership with the St. Paul Library and the City of St. Paul.

Teaming Up for Literacy

Boston Celtics players took a break from shooting hoops to visit the Franklin Park Zoo in Boston, as part of a literacy partnership between the basketball team and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. The program is designed to promote a love of reading among children in the area. During the event, teammates Phil Pressey (l.) and Kelly Olynyk (r.) read If Anything Ever Goes Wrong at the Zoo by Jane Dyer, illustrated by Mary Hendrick, to children from Henderson Elementary School.