Shelf Stuff with Jonathan Messinger, Philippe Cousteau, David Slavin, and Adam J.B. Lane

What: Jonathan Messinger, Philippe Cousteau, David Slavin, and Adam J.B. Lane will appear in conversation with Cathy Berner to discuss their new books and play games. This very lively event will appear on Shelf Stuff's YouTube page.

When: Wednesday, November 4, 2020, 4:00pm CDT

We work hard to bring events to our community for free, because connecting readers with authors is central to our mission. But these programs are not free for us to put on! If you’re interested in attending this event, we hope you’ll consider purchasing a copy of one of the authors' books from our bookshop -- if you do, we'll include a Shelf Stuff totebag, a Shelf Stuff sampler and a bookplate signed by the authors for you to place in your book! It's our way of saying "thanks." Your support is critical to keeping us here and offering events like this, and we hope to do that for many years to come!

Blue Willow Bookshop expects all participants to maintain an atmosphere of respect and fairness. Any comments or questions that violate this standard of behavior including any form of harassment, may, at the discretion of the organizers, be immediately removed.

About the Authors:


Jonathan Messinger makes podcasts and books in Chicago, where he lives with his wife and two sons.

Philippe Cousteau, the world-renowned environmentalist and Emmy-nominated host of Xploration Awesome Planet, is the coathor of The Endangereds, the first book in a thrilling environmental adventure series.

David Slavin is the author of the popular illustrated middle-grade novels Odd Gods and Odd Gods: The Oddyssey. The third book in the series, Odd Gods: The Oddlympics, is coming in Fall 2020.

Adam J.B. Lane was born in London and grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He studied, in the loosest sense of that word, at Harvard University and the California Institute of the Arts. He has labored for the Walt Disney Company, seen his animation appear on MTV, and authored two previous picture books for children, Monsters Party All Night Long and Stop Thief! In his spare time he draws comics for The Boston Globe.


Payment type must be "CreditCard." Shipping will be charged if you want the book shipped to you. If you'd prefer to use our curbside pickup program, we ask that you please collect your book(s) within one month of the event date. After that date, your book will be donated to a Houston-based literacy organization.

To place an international order, please email to obtain shipping details and to have items shipped to you. Staff will respond within 24-48 hours.

Event date: 
Wednesday, November 4, 2020 - 4:00pm
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The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian #1: The Fuzzy Apocalypse Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062932143
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HarperCollins - September 22nd, 2020

Explorer Troop 301 tries to save an exploding planet from a fluffy bunny and a devious alien in the first book of this funny, highly illustrated chapter book series based on the award-winning kids’ podcast!

The Endangereds Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062894168
Availability: Usually Ships in 4-7 Days
Published: HarperCollins - September 29th, 2020

2021 Green Earth Book Award Long List 

Odd Gods: The Oddlympics Cover Image
By David Slavin, Adam J.B. Lane (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062839572
Availability: Usually Ships in 4-7 Days
Published: HarperCollins - October 20th, 2020

Diary of a Wimpy Kid meets Percy Jackson in Odd Gods, the critically acclaimed and hilarious illustrated middle grade series about the oddest Greek gods you’ve never heard about before.

Odd Gods: The Oddyssey Cover Image
By David Slavin, Adam J.B. Lane (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062839558
Availability: Special Order
Published: HarperCollins - February 11th, 2020

Diary of a Wimpy Kid meets Percy Jackson in Odd Gods, the critically acclaimed and hilarious illustrated series about the middle school gods you never hear about in myths. In book two, Oddonis must embark on the strangest odyssey ever to save Zeus from the world’s cutest curse.

Odd Gods Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062839534
Availability: Backordered
Published: HarperCollins - May 14th, 2019

Diary of a Wimpy Kid meets Percy Jackson in Odd Gods, the first book in a hilarious illustrated series about the most unlikely, unusual Gods ever to grace the halls of Mount Olympus Middle School.

A Summer 2019 Kids' Indie Next Pick!