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School Author Visits

School Author Visits

East City Bookshop regulary provides opportunities for author visits throughout the school year. Author visits can be an exciting way for your students to meet their favorite authors!

  • East City Bookshop will work with the publisher to bring the author to your school
  • The author will present to your students and sign copies of their books
  • We will provide an order form for students and educators to purchase copies of the author's book at a special discounted rate

If you are an educator who is interested in working with us to bring an author to your campus, please contact Mary Powers,


We are currently seeking schools to host these authors in SPRING 2020 as they tour with their new books:

Jessica Kim, Stand Up, Yumi Chung!  FULLY BOOKED

Ages: 9-12 

About the book: 

One lie snowballs into a full-blown double life in this irresistible story about an aspiring stand-up comedian.

On the outside, Yumi Chung suffers from #shygirlproblems, a perm-gone-wrong, and kids calling her "Yu-MEAT" because she smells like her family's Korean barbecue restaurant.  On the inside, Yumi is ready for her Netflix stand-up special. Her notebook is filled with mortifying memories that she's reworked into comedy gold. All she needs is a stage and       courage.

Instead of spending the summer studying her favorite YouTube comedians, Yumi is enrolled in test-prep tutoring to qualify for a private school scholarship, which will help in a time  of hardship at the restaurant. One day after class, Yumi stumbles on an opportunity that will change her life: a comedy camp for kids taught by one of her favorite YouTube stars.  The only problem is that the instructor and all the students think she's a girl named Kay Nakamura--and Yumi doesn't correct them.

As this case of mistaken identity unravels, Yumi must decide to stand up and reveal the truth or risk losing her dreams and disappointing everyone she cares about.

Patrice CaldwellA Phoenix First Must Burn: Sixteen Stories of Black Girl Magic, Resistance, and Hope  FULLY BOOKED

Age: Young Adult

About the book: 

Sixteen tales by bestselling and award-winning authors that explore the Black experience through fantasy, science fiction, and magic.

With stories by: Elizabeth Acevedo, Amerie, Patrice Caldwell, Dhonielle Clayton, J. Marcelle Corrie, Somaiya Daud, Charlotte Nicole Davis, Justina Ireland, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Danny Lore, L. L. McKinney, Danielle Paige, Rebecca Roanhorse, Karen Strong, Ashley Woodfolk, and Ibi Zoboi.

Evoking Beyoncé’s Lemonade for a teen audience, these authors who are truly Octavia Butler’s heirs, have woven worlds to create a stunning narrative that centers Black women and gender nonconforming individuals. A Phoenix First Must Burn will take you on a journey from folktales retold to futuristic societies and everything in between. Filled with stories of love and betrayal, strength and resistance, this collection contains an array of complex and true-to-life characters in which you cannot help but see yourself reflected. Witches and scientists, sisters and lovers, priestesses and rebels: the heroines of A Phoenix First Must Burn shine brightly. You will never forget them.



Zara Gonzalez Hoang, A New Kind of Wild CANCELLED

Age: 4-8

About the book: 

This sweet author-illustrator debut celebrates imagination, the magic of friendship, and all the different ways we make a new place feel like home.

For Ren, home is his grandmother’s little house, and the lush forest that surrounds it. Home is a place of magic and wonder, filled with all the fantastical friends that Ren dreams up. Home is where his imagination can run wild.

For Ava, home is a brick and cement city, where there’s always something to do or see or hear. Home is a place bursting with life, where people bustle in and out like a big parade. Home is where Ava is never lonely because there’s always someone to share in her adventures.

When Ren moves to Ava’s city, he feels lost without his wild. How will he ever feel at home in a place with no green and no magic, where everything is exactly what it seems? Of course, not everything in the city is what meets the eye, and as Ren discovers, nothing makes you feel at home quite like a friend.

Inspired by the stories her father told her about moving from Puerto Rico to New York as a child, Zara González Hoang’s author-illustrator debut is an imaginative exploration of the true meaning of “home."

Adam Gidwitz, The Unicorn Rescue Society#5: The Madre de Aguas of Cuba CANCELLED

Age: 7-10

About the book: 

Critically acclaimed author Emma Otheguy joins Newbery Honor-winning Adam Gidwitz as co-author of the newest adventure in the NYT bestselling Unicorn Rescue Society series as the kids travel to Cuba to help the legendary Madre de aguas.

In Cuba, it is believed that a mysterious water serpent–the Madre de aguas–is responsible for providing and protecting the fresh water of the island. But the serpent is missing, and a drought has gripped the island. Uchenna, Elliot, and Professor Fauna fly to Cuba and endeavor to rescue the Madre de aguas. Unfortunately, it tries to kill them. Meanwhile, the Schmoke Brothers’ goons are driving around Havana, dumping pink sludge into the sewers. What is going on? Can Elliot and Uchenna end the drought? Stop the Schmokes? Or will the creature they are trying to save just eat them instead?



Stand Up, Yumi Chung! Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525554974
Availability: Available from Our Distributor (5+ days shipping)
Published: Kokila - March 17th, 2020

A Phoenix First Must Burn: Sixteen Stories of Black Girl Magic, Resistance, and Hope Cover Image
By Patrice Caldwell (Editor)
ISBN: 9781984835659
Availability: Available from Our Distributor (5+ days shipping)
Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - March 10th, 2020

A New Kind of Wild Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525553892
Availability: Available from Our Distributor (5+ days shipping)
Published: Dial Books - April 21st, 2020

The Madre de Aguas of Cuba (The Unicorn Rescue Society #5) Cover Image
By Adam Gidwitz, Emma Otheguy, Hatem Aly (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780735231429
Availability: Available from Our Distributor (5+ days shipping)
Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - May 12th, 2020