This week, R.L. Stine visits the Library of Congress; LeUyen Pham photobombs Dean and Shannon Hale; guests at Samantha Berger’s book event really “rock it”; two illustrators give back to New York communities; and Lauren Oliver and Kendare Blake talk books in Seattle.
In advance of the feature film, Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween, based on Stine’s long-running Goosebumps series, Stine presented to 400 local students at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden (l.) introduced Stine, and he spoke in conversation with director of educational outreach Lee Ann Potter. Hayden also surprised Stine with the copyright certificate for the first Goosebumps book (from their archives). Here, she and Stine show off the poster for the Goosebumps film, which releases on October 12.
Dean and Shannon Hale, married co-authors of the Princess in Black series, took part in an event at Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe, Ariz. Joining them was the illustrator of the series, LeUyen Pham (center). The Princess in Black and the Science Fair Scare was published last month.
Samantha Berger celebrated the release of her picture book, Rock What Ya Got (Little, Brown), illustrated by Kerascoët, with events in several cities. The book’s affirming message has resonated with readers—including. Ava Jackson, who shows off her copy following an event held at Nicola’s Books in Ann Arbor, Mich.
This summer, children’s book illustrators Elizabeth Zunon and London Ladd created community murals in Syracuse and in Albany. Ladd’s murals featured Martin Luther King Jr. and Frederick Douglass (Ladd illustrated the books Frederick’s Journey: The Life of Frederick Douglass, and March On! The Day My Brother Martin Changed the World). Ladd created the murals in cooperation with the nonprofit Tomorrow’s Neighborhoods Today.
In Albany, Zunon (The Legendary Miss Lena Horne) painted a mural called “Geraldine’s Revelry,” which features children taking part in artistic performances. Zunon worked in partnership with the Albany Parking Authority, Albany Center Gallery, and Albany Barn.
Lauren Oliver (l.) just wrapped up a multi-city tour for her new novel, Broken Things (HarperCollins). For her final stop, she attended an event at Third Place Books in Seattle, on October 9. There, she spoke with fellow HarperCollins author, Kendare Blake (the Three Dark Crowns series), about reading, writing, and life.