This week, readers take part in a book crawl; an author and an illustrator divide and conquer; and it’s party time for Red Queen series fans.

Art in the Stacks

The San Diego Book Crawl was held on April 27; nine indie bookstores throughout the city welcomed the community for book-related events, art demonstrations, and other activities. Here, local artist Susie Ghahremani (Stack the Cats), who served as ambassador and illustrator in residence in several of the stores, paints for kids at The Book Catapult.

Double Dragon

Author Linda Sue Park (l.) and illustrator Jennifer Black Reinhardt recently participated in bookstore events for their picture book, Gondra’s Treasure (Clarion), in two separate cities. Park appeared at Books of Wonder in New York City as part of a Picture Book Bonanza, while Reinhardt was at Prairie Lights in Iowa City for a dragon-themed event that also featured author Sarah Prineas. While apart, Reinhardt and Park stayed connected by Reinhardt’s scarf, hand-knit by Park in the shape of young Gondra.

Yas, Queen

Fans flocked to “Red Queen Parties” to celebrate Victoria Aveyard’s newest release, Broken Throne (HarperTeen). The events were held in bookstores across the country and in tandem with Aveyard’s book tour. Guests who purchased copies of Broken Throne were admitted to the parties, which included photo booths with costume props, cupcakes, and DIY crown-making. Guests also received Red Queen bandanas to take home. Here, readers attend an event held at Barnes & Noble in Frisco, Tex., on May 7.