This week, Chloe Gong launches a ‘delight’ of a debut; Jason Naylor unveils a colorful surprise; Scholastic Press authors gather for a heart-to-heart; and Marissa Meyer is a Karma Chameleon.

It's a Love Story

On November 17, as part of its series P&P Live!, D.C.-based bookstore Politics & Prose hosted a virtual launch for These Violent Delights (S&S/McElderry) by debut author Chloe Gong. Tessa Gratton (Strange Grace, S&S/McElderry) joined Gong to discuss Shakespearean adaptations, future projects, and more. The event closed with a q&a session, with topics including how Gong balanced her undergraduate schoolwork with writing, and the top five songs by Taylor Swift that she would pair with These Violent Delights.

Chasing Colors

In celebration of his forthcoming book, artist and debut author Jason Naylor (Live Life Colorfully, Chronicle Prism) recently painted a mural on the side of family-owned restaurant Leslie’s Kitchen in Bushwick, N.Y.. The book offers tips to incorporate more color into readers’ lives. Naylor also offers PW readers a sneak peek at the book in this fast-flip video.

Closer to the Heart

Earlier this week, Scholastic’s I read YA YouTube channel presented “At the Heart of It All,” a virtual panel, hosted by The Bookloft, in Great Barrington, Mass. The event featured Scholastic Press authors Wai Chim (The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling, Scholastic Press), Jennifer Donnelly (Poisoned), Vitor Martins (Here the Whole Time), Kara McDowell (One Way or Another), and Francisco X. Stork (Illegal), with Rachel Strolle of BuzzFeed moderating. The YA authors talked about their creative writing processes and the themes at the hearts of their respective novels, and answered audience questions. The Bookloft provided signed bookplates to those who purchased the panelists’ books.

Instant Karma’s Gonna Get You

On November 6, Marissa Meyer (l.) celebrated the release of her YA rom-com debut, Instant Karma (Feiwel and Friends), on Crowdcast. Amanda Walters from the Pacific Marine Mammal Center (where Meyer researched the novel) and Rebecca Soler, Meyer’s longtime audiobook narrator, joined Meyer at the event, which included interactive polls, an audience q&a, and news about Meyer’s next book.