Recently, authors launched a haunting new book; started initiatives to support inclusive reading; invited guests to their studios; and appeared at a school to discuss evolution.

With Fans Like These

On November 1, Jennifer Lynn Alvarez (r.) celebrated the release of her YA thriller Friends Like These (Delacorte) with an event at Parnassus Books in Nashville. Alvarez held a conversation with fellow YA author Alexa Donne (l.) on crafting enticing mysteries, after which both signed books with attendees.

Read in Color

The Minneapolis area-based Little Free Library organization continues to expand into new communities with its Read in Color initiative, installing book boxes filled with diverse books for the taking in underrepresented neighborhoods in cities around the U.S. LFL most recently partnered with Positive Charge! PDX in Portland, Ore., to set up 11 book-sharing boxes around the metro area filled with 2,200 books by BIPOC, LGBTQ, and other marginalized authors that also feature diverse characters. Portland is the nation’s 13th city to participate in LFL’s Read in Color initiative.

Popping by an Author’s Studio

Ahead of the release of his picture book Marvel Super Heroes: The Ultimate Pop-Up Book (Abrams, Nov. 15), paper engineer Matthew Reinhart invited guests to a behind-the-scenes tour of his home studio in Los Angeles on November 3. Reinhart described his creative process, gave guests sneak peeks of upcoming work, and led a pop-up craft activity.

Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop

Yuval Noah Harari made an appearance at the Institute for Collaborative Education in New York City last month, to discuss his middle grade nonfiction book Unstoppable Us (Bright Matter) with students. Unstoppable Us explores evolution, depicting how humans managed to survive and expand their knowledge and skills to create civilization.