This week, YA reigns in D.C.; a hashtag contest invites fans to “take a bow”; and readers gear up for school with ice-cream and a middle-grade author.

A Royal Occasion

On August 26, bestselling author Eleanor Herman (r.) celebrated the launch of her first YA series, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.,. Before the official event for the first book in the series, Legacy of Kings, a group of D.C.-area bloggers, authors, readers, and librarians called Young Adult D.C. hosted a cocktail party for Herman; Harlequin Teen supplied swag bags and other giveaways. Here, Andye Epps (l.), a blogger for and YADC founder, snagged a selfie with Herman.

A Ghostly Book Birthday

In honor of the publication of Mac Barnett’s and Christian Robinson’s Leo: A Ghost Story, Chronicle Books invited fans to post photos of themselves wearing bow ties (like Leo) and post it on social media sites using the hashtag, #TakeABowForLeo. Entries arrived from booksellers, bloggers, and readers. The winners were Donna McDonald of the Orchard School in South Burlington, Vt., whose students posed with ties, balloons, and projections of Robinson, Barnett, and Leo (above); and Instagrammer The Reading Ninja (r.), who incorporated a bow tie into a “self-portrait.” The winners received signed copies of the picture book and other goodies.

A Sweet Summer Send-Off

Readers of Beth Ain’s Starring Jules series (Scholastic Press) gathered for an ice cream social with the author at Brickley’s Ice Cream in Narangansett, R.I. on August 23. The event was a celebration of the paperback release of the fourth book in the series, Starring Jules: Third Grade Debut, as well as a send-off for guests heading back to school in coming days. Ain’s fans polished off their ice cream cones during a group photo shot.