This week, a luxury brand partners with a local children’s museum; a new picture book graces a fall festival; two authors discuss murder over cake; and a group of Reese’s Book Club YA authors gathers for a celebration.

Dreaming Big

On Saturday, October 2, the Children’s Museum of the Arts partnered with Tory Burch at the retailer’s SoHo flagship store in New York City to host a signing and reading for picture book Remember to Dream, Ebere (Little, Brown) by actor Cynthia Erivo, illustrated by Charnelle Pinkney Barlow. The book tells the story of a Black girl who has trouble staying asleep, and whose mother encourages her to dream big.

The Sonny Side of Things

James Ransome (l.) and Gary Golio launched their new picture book, Sonny Rollins Plays the Bridge (Penguin/Paulsen), at the Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival on October 2. The book is a celebration of jazz icon Rollins and how he found a spot to practice his saxophone when playing in his apartment proved too loud for his neighbors.

A Killer Sweet Tooth

Getting into the Halloween spirit, Kendare Blake constructed a cake complete with a knife plunged into the middle amid red frosted blood splatters to celebrate her latest book, All These Bodies (Quill Tree). Blake was joined by Lish McBride (Curses, Putnam) during a signing and virtual event hosted by the Ballast Book Company located in Bremerton, Wash. on September 25.

Project Bluebird

The Novel Neighbor in Webster Groves, Mo., hosted a virtual launch party on October 5, for YA historical fiction novel Bluebird (Scholastic Press) with author Sharon Cameron. Moderated by bookseller Stephanie Skees, Cameron was joined by a panel of fellow Reese’s Book Club YA authors (clockwise from top l.) Laura Taylor Namey (A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow; Atheneum), Emma Lord (You Have a Match; Wednesday), Leah Johnson (You Should See Me in a Crown; Scholastic Press), and Yamile Saied Méndez (Furia, Algonquin). The authors discussed their creative processes when writing across genres, the responsibility they feel in writing empowered female lead characters, which Taylor Swift songs best fit their books, and more.