This week, Tomi Adeyemi has a big night; Little, Brown holds Hachette Book Group Kids Day; Bryan Collier reads to Chicago-area kids; book club members give back some truth to Eric Gansworth; illustrator Shawn Harris takes the stage; and an industry vet publishes his first picture book.
Late Night Literature
Author Tomi Adeyemi appeared on The Tonight Show to speak about Children of Blood and Bone (Holt), which host Jimmy Fallon selected as the first title in the Tonight Show Book Club. Adeyemi also took part in a live-streamed QA with Fallon, following the taping of the show. In attendance were participants in the New York City-based Girls Write Now mentorship program. Each mentee received a copy of the book, signed by Adeyemi and Fallon.
Hachette Book Group Kids Day—an annual summer event that invites staff members at Little, Brown to bring their kids to the office—was held on July 13. Little, Brown authors were also in attendance, holding story time and presentations for kids of all ages. Richard T. Morris read his picture book, Sheep 101, to attendees in the Little Kids Room, joined by a guest sheep and surrounded by colorful decorations created by balloon artist Hampton Keith Bishop.
Summer (Learning) in the City
Libraries across the country took part in National Summer Learning Day on July 12. Participating libraries held read-alouds of Trombone Shorty by Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews. Illustrator Bryan Collier (pictured here) served as this year’s National Summer Learning Day ambassador and read to more than 350 kids during an event at the Chicago Public Library.
Join the [Book] Club
Eric Gansworth recently served as the opening guest author at Symphony Space’s Thalia Kids Book Club Camp in Manhattan. Gansworth shared his latest novel, Give Me Some Truth (Scholastic/Levine), and its predecessor, If I Ever Get Out of Here, with book club members, who also took part in writing activities. Attendees were eager to share their insights and questions with the author: “It was like working with tiny beginning PhD candidates!” Gansworth said.
I’m with the Band
Shawn Harris, illustrator of Dave Eggers’s Her Right Foot and What Can a Citizen Do? (Chronicle), is currently on a different kind of tour. He has reunited with his band, The Matches, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of their album, A Band in Hope. Harris performed with the band at the Fillmore in San Francisco on July 21. In the audience were Chronicle staffers Laura Antonacci, children’s marketing and publicity director; Taylor Norman, editor; and Lara Starr, senior publicist. Joining them were Copperfield’s bookseller Patty Norman and author Mac Barnett, a childhood friend of Harris.
Andy Weiner, national accounts director at Abrams, celebrated the release of his debut picture book, Down by the River: A Family Fly Fishing Story, at Books of Wonder in New York City on July 25. Family, fans, and friends joined Weiner in congratulating him on his new role as an author.