Recently an author attended the premiere of her book’s film adaptation; several authors hit the road; an author visited her alma mater; and treats were handed out at a book event.

Roll Out the Red Carpet

Suzanne Collins greeted fans at the Los Angeles premiere of the film adaptation of her book The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes on November 13. Here, she signs posters at the TCL Chinese Theater ahead of the screening. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes is a prequel to Collins’s blockbuster series, exploring the backstory and early years of President Coriolanus Snow.

Do You Believe in Magic?

Adam Rex made a school visit to West Birdville Elementary in Haltom City. Tex., while on tour for his book The Story of Gumluck the Wizard (Chronicle). The series opener follows Gumluck, an underdog wizard, who hopes to become a hero.

Make Yourself at Home

While on tour for her chapter book The Apartment House on Poppy Hill, illustrated by Sònia Albert (Chronicle), Nina LaCour (r.) made an appearance at Wild Rumpus in Minneapolis on November 8. LaCour was joined by fellow children’s author Anne Ursu for a discussion about middle grade tales.

‘Dashing’ Across the Country

On November 11, the Red Balloon Bookshop in St. Paul, Minn., hosted Matt Tavares in a stop on his tour for Dasher Can’t Wait for Christmas (Candlewick). Here Tavares signs a copy for a young reader. In the picture book sequel to Dasher, the titular reindeer relies on a child’s help to get back to the North Pole after a snowstorm.

Welcome Home!

Last month, Janeen Jackson received a warm welcome from her alma mater Norfolk State University for a discussion featuring her debut picture book Hello, Sweet Baby: An Adoption Journey (Paw Prints). In the book, a tomato family who cannot care for their new seedling decide to release her to another tomato family. Shown here: Jackson (third from l.) with faculty and staff.

Snack and Story Time

Jyoti Rajan Gopal recently held a book launch for her book Desert Queen, illustrated by Svabhu Kohli (Levine Querido), at Books of Wonder in New York City. Treats were available for guests to sample at the event, handed out by the author. Desert Queen is a biography highlighting the upbringing and career of Harish Kumar, also known as Rajasthani drag performer Queen Harish.