Recently an Olympic medalist made her debut; authors teamed up to talk YA romance; the cuddly star of a picture book made an appearance; an author led an artistic event; illustrators gathered at a conference; and an author celebrated the launch of a companion novel.

Skating Towards Pub Day

On November 18, Titcomb’s in East Sandwich, Mass., hosted author Nancy Kerrigan (r.) for a sold-out event at the Sandwich Public Library to celebrate her picture book Stronger Than She Thinks (Bushel & Peck). In her autobiographical picture book, written with Ryan G. Van Cleave and illustrated by Arief Putra, the two-time Olympic medalist shares her childhood experience learning to skate and gaining confidence. Here Kerrigan and Titcomb's general manager Rae Titcomb (l.) onstage.

A Double Date

Books of Wonder in New York City hosted a joint event for authors L.C. Rosen (l.) and Abigail Hing Wen on November 16 for the recent launch of their latest releases, Emmett (Little, Brown) and Loveboat Forever (HarperTeen), respectively. The authors discussed crafting YA romances and signed copies of their books for attendees.

A Cuddly Companion

On November 21, Georgeanne Irvine, children’s author and director of publishing for the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance, launched her new book Amazing Omeo: A Baby Koala’s True Story of Survival (San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance Press) with a visit to Omeo in the Australian Outback koala habitat at the San Diego Zoo.

Seeing Within

Award-winning picture book creator Sydney Smith made an appearance at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, Mass., on November 18 to share his new book Do You Remember? (Holiday House/Neal Porter Books). After the program, he signed copies of his books and included drawings and paintings in each one, including The Carle’s own artist autograph book.

In Good Company

A number of SCBWI members attended the recent annual NCTE conference in Columbus, Ohio, held November 16–19. Here, (back row, from l.) Tammy Brown, Sarah Baker, and author Sunshine Bacon, and (front row, from l.) Lyn Miller-Lachmann, Katie Mazeika, Jen Malia, Zainab Khan, and Halli Gomez gather at a panel on “Using Authentic Stories About People with Disabilities to Advocate and Be Inclusive of All Students.”

Aye Aye, Captain!

On November 7, Tricia Levenseller appeared at the Springville Public Library in Springville, Utah, to celebrate the launch of Vengeance of the Pirate Queen (Feiwel and Friends), the second novel in her Daughter of the Pirate Queen duology. The event, hosted by The Printed Garden bookstore, featured a q&a with the author and ended with a book signing.