This week, Marvel authors drop by Politics and Prose for a powerful conversation; Sandhya Menon has a royal launch; and Elisha Cooper, Ruth Chan, and Brian Floca have a doggone great outdoor signing.
A Super Lineup
In celebration of Miles Morales: Shock Waves (Graphix) by Justin A. Reynolds and Pablo Leon, Politics and Prose in Washington, D.C., held a ticketed event on June 4 called “P&P Live! Presents “A Super-Powered Panel.” The occasion featured Justin A. Reynolds in conversation with Jason Reynolds (Miles Morales: Spider-Man (A Marvel YA Novel), Marvel Press); Nic Stone (Shuri: A Black Panther Novel series, Scholastic); John Jennings, professor of Media and Cultural Studies at University of California at Riverside; and Angélique Roché, the host of Marvel Entertainment’s Marvel’s Voices podcast and co-host of The Women of Marvel podcast. Discussion topics included defining superpowers, the significance of characters such as Miles Morales and Shuri to both readers and the superhero genre, and the appeal of writing for middle grade and YA.
Crown of Love
On June 8, Tattered Cover Book Store in Denver hosted a launch event over Zoom for Sandhya Menon’s Of Princes and Promises (Simon & Schuster). Menon was joined by Samira Ahmed (Amira & Hamza: The War to Save the Worlds) for a talk about process, the ease or difficulty of writing more books, including sequels and series; the best kisses in rom-com movies such as You’ve Got Mail; and favorite contemporary writers, including Jasmine Guillory.
Who Let the Dogs Out
Pictured here, Caldecott Honoree Elisha Cooper (Yes & No, Roaring Brook) hosted his first in-person signing event in 15 months on June 5 outside of IXV Coffee in Brooklyn, N.Y., with Ruth Chan (The Alpactory, HarperCollins) and Caldecott Medalist Brian Floca (Keeping the City Going, Atheneum/Dlouhy). The trio offered free drawings of dogs (and alpacas and trucks) and spoke to young readers; Books Are Magic offered their books for sale during the event.