This summer, YA fantasy authors Dhonielle Clayton and Zoraida Córdova embarked on a national “Belles & Brujas” tour in celebration of Clayton’s The Belles series, and Córdova’s Brooklyn Brujas series. Along the way, Clayton and Córdova were joined by friends and fellow authors, including Julie Murphy, Mark Oshiro, Tochi Onyebuchi, and Jason Reynolds. A percentage of book sales from the tour will be donated to We Need Diverse Books, of which Clayton is the COO. We’ve gathered a selection of highlights from the events, which featured readings, raffles, signings, Q&As, and more.
Authors (from l.) Tracy Banghart (Grace and Fury), Clayton, Oshiro (Anger Is a Gift), and Córdova at the St. Louis County Library in Mo.
Posing for a meme: (from l.) Julian Winters, Córdova, Oshiro, Clayton, Reynolds, and Murphy (foreground) at the DeKalb County Public Library in Decatur, Ga.
The authors (aisle, center) show off their model cut-outs amid a crowd of fans at the South Irving Library in Irving, Tex.: (from back to front) Murphy (Puddin’), Justina Ireland (Dread Nation), Amina Mae Safi (Not the Girls You’re Looking For), Clayton, and Córdova.
(From l.): Ireland, Murphy, Córdova, Clayton, and Safi took part in the “Dallas Girls Rock” panel at the South Irving Library.
(From l.): Mari Mancusi (the Camelot Code series), Jaimie Questell (By a Charm and a Curse), Clayton, Córdova, and Katharine McGee (the Thousandth Floor series) at Murder by the Book in Houston.
Onyebuchi (Beasts Made of Night) joined Clayton at Barnes & Noble on 82nd and Broadway in New York City.
One More Page Books in Arlington, Va., hosted (from l.) Córdova, Clayton, and Sarah Nicole Lemon, author of Valley Girls.
Celebrating at the Brookline Village Library in Brookline, Mass. with (from l.) Sasha Alsberg (the Androma Saga), Julie C. Dao (the Rise of the Empress series), Córdova, and Clayton.
Tattered Cover at Aspen Grove in Littleton, Colo., welcomed (from l.) Clayton, Oshiro, Amalie Howard (the Alpha Goddess series), and Córdova.
Authors (from l.) Winters, Clayton, Reynolds, Murphy, Oshiro, and Córdova (foreground) stopped by the DeKalb County Public Library to record an episode of YATL Live, a talk show hosted by the Georgia Center for the Book covering all things YA.