This week, Books of Wonder celebrates the book launch of an award-winning author; the worlds of Broadway and publishing collide at the Tony Awards; a dynamic duo commemorates the fourth addition to their series; and an author event puts the crafting in spacecraft.


Bestselling author and Caldecott Medalist Brian Selznick stopped by Books of Wonder in New York City on September 21, as part of his virtual book launch for Kaleidoscope (Scholastic). The book tells the story of two people who are bound to each other through time and space, memory and dreams. During the event, Selznick shared his new work and partook in a q&a with audience members.

Bringing Home the Tony

On September 27, Emma Feiwel (r.), a theater agent on the team at WME and daughter of Feiwel and Friends publisher Jean Feiwel, posed with Matt Stine, the son of noted author RL Stine after he won a Tony Award for Best Orchestrations for Moulin Rouge, for which Alex Timbers also won a Tony for Best Director. Timbers is the author of the forthcoming picture book Broadway Bird (Feiwel and Friends), about a tiny parakeet with a big dream—to be a Broadway star.

I’m Celebrating

An Unlikely Story bookstore in Plainville, Mass., hosted a virtual celebration on September 8 for Michael Ian Black and illustrator Debbie Ridpath Oh for the latest addition to their I’m series, with I’m Sorry (Simon & Schuster). This fourth entry features a girl, a flamingo, and a potato that isn’t sure how to apologize, offering readers a fun way to discuss healthy responses to emotions and feelings. During the event, Black and Oh read and discussed their new book, and answered audience questions.

Nice to Galax-see You

MIT Open Space Programming and MIT’s Office of Government and Community Relations hosted an in-person event on September 18, at Kendall/MIT Open Space in Cambridge, Mass., for Ada and the Galaxies (Candlewick/MIT Kids) by physicist Alan Lightman (pictured), illustrated by Susanna Chapma. A tribute to the interconnectedness of the natural world, the picture book layers photographs taken from the Hubble telescope as it shows a girl’s wonder while she stargazes during a visit to her grandparents. During the event, Lightman spoke and Chapman designed a craft that attendees could complete: a “galaxy fascinator” hat.