You’re invited to the virtual book launch for Picture the Dead

When a new book is released, publishers and authors often hold some kind of book launch celebration. It’s a very cool experience — but most of us never get to experience.

Well, the folks at Sourcebooks Fire are changing all that this Thursday, May 6th — with the VIRTUAL book launch for Picture the Dead by Adele Griffin and Lisa Brown.

Here are the details:

On Thursday, May 6th at 7:30pm PST (10:30pm ET) two-time National Book award finalist Adele Griffin and co-writer Lisa Brown (best selling author/illustrator) will be hosting a virtual book launch for their new book, Picture the Dead in conjunction with the wonderful independent bookstore, the San Francisco Booksmith and the also independent author resource (Sourcebooks, by the way, is also independent!).

Lemony Snicket spokesperson (Daniel Handler) will be reading a statement of introduction to this horrid story! Both the authors and Mr. Snicket himself will be in costume.

Join the virtual book launch online at

Download a flier for your library, school or coffee shop!

Any questions for the authors can be posted in the launch discussion forum on the TeenFire website prior to the event. You can also use the TeenFire chat room to discuss the event in real time!

Picture the Dead—an illustrated mystery story in the gothic tradition with graphic elements—is taken straight from the pages and photographs of history. This paranormal mystery follows Jenny as she uncovers the mysterious circumstances surrounding her fiancé’s death in a prison camp during the Civil War.

You can use this event to meet other YA addicts across the globe right on our TeenFire Chat Room—7:30pm PT, 10:30pm ET. BE THERE!

We’re really excited to check out Picture the Dead, and in fact we’ll have our exclusive review of the book very soon — along with an exclusive interview with the authors!

In the meantime, check out the official synopsis & a fun video promo for the book:

Jennie’s connection with her twin brother, Toby, grew stronger after he died in 1864. Now Jennie must rely on her ability to communicate with the dead to find out what has happened to her beloved fiance, Will, while he was off at war. The army says he died honorably in battle. His brother confides that he became a violent criminal and died in a prison camp. Jennie begins to doubt that anyone is telling her the truth.

This intriguing combination of historical romance, paranormal thriller, and clever mystery is illustrated by bestselling artist Lisa Brown. The unique visuals originated from real Civil War daguerreotypes that were transformed into eerie mementos for Jennie’s scrapbook.

With the help of a spiritualist photographer, the spirit of her dead fiance, and the clues she discovers and keeps in her scrapbook, Jennie must put together the pieces of this mystery before she loses her home, her fortune, and possibly her life.

Sourcebooks is also running a cool contest to give away copies of Picture the Dead and another great book, We Hear the Dead (we’ve got cool exclusives for that book coming up, too!). Check out Sourcebooks Do You See Dead People, Too? Contest now for your chance to win!

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