This month, authors appeared at the Library of Congress for their book tour; held a book signing with a line that went out the door; gave a musical performance correlating with their book; and made delicious food with their readers.

A Victorious Book Launch

Kicking off their book tour, Derrick Barnes (l.), Tommie Smith (c.), and Dawud Anyabwile (r.) attended an event at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., on September 20. The three were in conversation with Ramunda Young (front c.), owner of Mahogany Books, days after the biographical graphic novel, Victory. Stand!: Raising My Fist for Justice, was longlisted for the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. The book has since been named a finalist.

I Spy a Long Line

On September 9, author Stuart Gibbs celebrated the newest addition to his Spy School series, Project X (S&S) with a book signing at Once Upon a Time bookstore in Montrose, Calif. The event was standing room only, with a line extending down the street to meet Gibbs. Pictured here, Gibbs (c.) with manager Jessica Palacios (l.), and store owner Maureen Palacios (r.)

A Sing-Along Duet

On September 29, Newbery Honor author Phillip Hoose (r.) launched the third volume of his bird trilogy, Duet: Our Journey in Song with the Northern Mockingbird (FSG) with an event at Print Bookstore in Portland, Maine. Hoose held a conversation with children’s book advocate Kirsten Cappy, signed books for attendees, and performed a song with his wife Sandi Ste. George (l.).

Dumplings Delight

Author Francie Dekker visited two Illinois schools, sharing the food-centric fun of her latest picture book Our World of Dumplings (Little Bee Books), illustrated by Sarah Jung. On September 28, students at Roy DeShane Elementary in Carol Stream, and Willowbrook School in Glenview, got to read the story with the author, learn about the variations of dumpling and culture behind them, and make their own dumplings.