This week, M.T. Anderson and Eugene Yelchin get costumed up; Alex London’s book launch is “for the birds”; Susanna Reich and Gary Golio attend the Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival; Dusti Bowling visits the Pacific Northwest; Bethanie Murguia proves that unicorns exist; and authors gather at the Baltimore Book Festival.

Playing the Part

Illustrator Eugene Yelchin (l.) and author M.T. Anderson came dressed as—we don’t quite know—for the launch of their book, The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge (Candlewick), held at Lindsay Chapel, First Church in Cambridge, Mass. The collaborators made the most of the atmospheric venue, reading dramatic passages from the book and displaying Yelchin’s illustrations to attendees.

Flocking Together

Author Alex London was joined by some feathered guests at the launch of his fantasy novel, Black Wings Beating (FSG), at Main Street Books in St. Charles, Mo. The bookstore welcomed Sandra Lowe, a volunteer from the nearby World Bird Sanctuary, who presented several birds of prey to attendees. Here, Lowe shows a Harris’s hawk named Noodle to attendees.

A Musical Match

The 2018 Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival was held at Robert E. Bell Middle School in Chappaqua, N.Y., on September 29. The festival featured 95 authors and close to 7,000 attendees, including Susanna Reich and Gary Golio. Here, the two authors share their respective picture book biographies—Reich’s Stand Up and Sing!: Pete Seeger, Folk Music, and the Path to Justice (Bloomsbury), and Carlos Santana: Song of the Heart, Song of the World (Holt).

Going Somewhere

Dusti Bowling attended a “Sweet Greet” event sponsored by the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association, in Tacoma, Wash., on September 29. In between sampling desserts and mingling with fellow authors, Bowling signed copies of her new middle grade novel, 24 Hours in Nowhere (Sterling). Here, she’s pictured with Robert Sindelar, ABA board president and managing partner of Third Place Books, in Seattle.

Unicorns Unite!

Author Bethanie Murguia presented her new book, Do You Believe in Unicorns? (Candlewick) at Books Inc. Laurel Village, in San Francisco, on September 26. Murguia attended Educator Appreciation Night at the bookstore, an outreach and book-sharing event. Here, Murguia and teachers don their alicorns.

Book Talk

Paula Willey (second from l.), a librarian and organizer of the KidLitCon conference, attended the Baltimore Book Festival on September 30. There, Willey interviewed Minh Lê (far l.), author of Drawn Together (Disney-Hyperion), illustrated by Dan Santat; Sarah Jacoby (standing), author of Forever or a Day (Chronicle); and Elizabeth Lilly (seated), author of Geraldine (Roaring Brook/Porter).