This week, author Bree Barton tours for her YA debut; Brian Lies goes through a ‘rough patch’; nonfiction authors share a table at the SCBWI conference; and authors Jon Lasser and Michael Genhart speak at the APA’s annual convention.

Every Heart Has its Thorns

While on a 14-city tour for her YA debut, Heart of Thorns (HarperCollins/Tegen), Bree Barton paid a visit to The Ripped Bodice in Culver City, Calif., the only bookstore in the United States devoted exclusively to the romance genre. There, Barton (r.) spoke with book blogger Caden Armstrong.

Feeling ‘Vine’

Author-illustrator Brian Lies attended an event for his new picture book, The Rough Patch (Greenwillow), at Blue Bunny Books & Toys in Dedham, Mass., on August 14. In honor of the book, the store—and Lies’s car—were decked out in pumpkin patch-themed decorations.

Breaking Bread

A group of children’s nonfiction authors shared a meal during the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators annual summer conference in Los Angeles earlier this month. At the table were (front row from l.): Jason Chin, Michelle Markel, Pamela Turner, Dashka Slater, Karen Blumenthal, Candace Fleming, and (back row from l.) Cynthia Levinson, Don Tate, Deborah Heiligman, Melissa Stewart, Barbara Kerley, and Alyson Beecher.

Breaking in the Author’s Stage

The American Psychological Association’s annual convention recently wrapped up in San Francisco. This year, the convention debuted its new author stage. There, Magination Press authors (from l.) Jon Lasser (Grow Happy) and Michael Genhart (So Many Smarts!) spoke on a panel about writing for children.