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Penguin Young Readers

Author Appearances

How to Plan an Author Appearance

Welcome to the home for Penguin Young Readers Group's author and illustrator appearances! We want to help you bring great authors to your school or library. Below is a step-by-step guide to planning your next event. Please feel free to reach out to our Author Appearance Coordinator at penguinauthorvisits@gmail.com with any questions.

  1. Learn the Basics
  2. Choose Your Authors

    Click on the Author Appearance Roster button on the right to see a list of authors previously featured on our website. Feel free to also peruse our website from the homepage to discover any of our authors who would be best for your event. We suggest checking out our interactive State Awards Map!

  3. Request Your Author(s)

    It's easy! Send an inquiry email to our Author Appearance Coordinator at penguinauthorvisits@gmail.com with your contact information as well as the details of your event and which author(s) you are interested in hosting.

    Don't see the author selection you're looking for? Feel free to also email penguinauthorvisits@gmail.com for information on any Penguin author you have in mind or for guidance on choosing and inviting an author to your event.

  4. Prepare for your Event

    Once you have scheduled your event and you have a finalized and signed the event contract, you'll need do the following to get ready:

    • organize transportation
    • have equipment ready for the presentation depending on the technical needs of the author you are hosting
    • provide a schedule to the author/illustrator
    • prepare the payment

    You should also have books available to sell — we encourage you to go through a local bookseller, an institutional wholesaler (if you use one), or you may order directly from Penguin.

Best wishes for a successful event!

—The Penguin School and Library Marketing Team

Author Access Andrea Cremer

The Inventor's Secret

Andrea Cremer Andrea Cremer, the New York Times bestselling author of the Nightshade novels, has written an all new action-packed alternate-history steampunk adventure called THE INVENTOR'S SECRET.


Learn more about Andrea Cremer here.

Learn more about THE INVENTOR'S SECRET here.

You chose an entirely different direction for the Inventor's Secret from the Nightshade series. What attracted you to the steampunk universe?

Prior to becoming a full-time author I was a professor of history at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN. My research specialization focused on gender, religion, and violence in the American colonies and I've always been fascinated by the way societies are formed, justified, defended, and dissolved. The narrative of American colonies to United States is often described as exceptional – the story of American identity remains intimately tied to the aims of the Revolutionary War and the spirit of the Declaration of Independence.

With Inventor's Secret I imagined what early nineteenth-century North America would look like if the British had quashed the colonial rebellion. What would happen to the ideals and identities that we so closely associate with the War for Independence and the Early Republic? Would there still be something uniquely "American" in this new scenario.

The idea set this alternate history in a steampunk universe sparked, oddly enough, during an eye exam. An optometrist's instruments retain a bizarre, antique style that reminded me of mad scientists like Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and Robert Louis Stevenson's Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. As the eye specialist peered at me through a metal contraptions covered with levers and cranks. It made me feel as though I'd stepped into another world.

Fantasy has always been my favorite genre and steampunk presented the perfect means to bring history and the surreal together. It became an irresistible project!

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