This week, the Captain Underpants movie premieres; fans hear from Rebecca Serle and the cast of Famous in Love; Renée Ahdieh celebrates her book launch with Sabaa Tahir; Lily Williams goes snorkeling; Atria books promotes its Latino authors; and a bookstore has its first birthday.
O Captain! My Captain!
Author Dav Pilkey joined cast members of Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie at its Los Angeles premiere on May 21. The movie hits theaters on June 2. (From l.): Nick Kroll (voice of Professor Poopypants), Ed Helms (voice of Captain Underpants and Mr. Krupp), Kevin Hart (voice of George), Dav Pilkey, Kristen Schaal (voice of lunch lady Edith), and Thomas Middleditch (voice of Harold).
Everyone Seems So Famous!
Cast members of Freeform’s adaptation of Famous in Love, joined author Rebecca Serle for a Q & A at Barnes & Noble The Grove in Los Angeles, about adapting the book to the screen. The event was hosted by Jared Eng of Just Jared. After the Q & A, Serle and cast took part in a group selfie. (From l., front row): Jared Eng, Charlie DePew, Rebecca Serle, Keith Powers, Carter Jenkins (back), Georgie Flores, Pepi Sonuga, Niki Koss, and Perrey Reeves.
Author Renée Ahdieh (l.) appeared in conversation with friend and fellow author Sabaa Tahir (An Ember in the Ashes) during a launch for Ahdieh’s new novel Flame in the Mist, held at McNally Jackson in New York City on May 16. The authors swapped writing tips and discussed Ahdieh’s inspiration for the book. Here, Ahdieh and Tahir conspire “backstage” in McNally Jackson’s basement before the event.
Swimming with Sharks
Debut author-illustrator Lily Williams (l.) celebrated the release of If Sharks Disappeared at a launch held at Bel and Bunna’s Books in Lafayette, Calif., on May 20. At the event, Williams read her picture book, which focuses on the importance of protecting sharks in the wild, while also sharing shark facts and themed snacks. Here, Williams and her agent, Minju Chang of Book Stop Literary Agency, get ready to go snorkeling.
Looking at Latino Authors
Latinx in Publishing (LxP) hosted an event at the Simon & Schuster offices with the team members of the Atria imprint. LxP steering committee member Antonio Gonzalez led a Q & A with Johanna Castillo, v-p and executive editor of Atria, who spoke to the audience of publishing professionals about books from diverse Latino authors being published later this year. (From l.): Melanie Iglesias Perez, editorial assistant, Atria; Mirtha Peña, senior publicist, Atria; Antonio Gonzalez, and Johanna Castillo.
Happy Birthday, Foggy Pine!
Indie bookseller Mary Prewitt (r.) celebrated the one-year anniversary of her store Foggy Pine Books in Boone, N.C., on May 23. Here, she is joined by author Rebecca Petruck (Steering Toward Normal), who went on a shopping spree.