YA novelist Elizabeth Wein speaks tomorrow at Hill House | Program Notes

YA novelist Elizabeth Wein speaks tomorrow at Hill House

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Pittsburgh Arts & LecturesKids and Teens series presents Scotland-via-Jamaica-via-Harrisburg young adult novelist Elizabeth Wein. She speaks tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. at the Hill House Kaufmann Center.

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Originally known for the re-interpretation of Arthurian legend in her novels The Winter Prince and A Coalition of Lions, she has recently become popular for her young-adult World War II thrillers.

And tomorrow night, thanks to Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures, the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, and The Holocaust Center of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, she is here to talk about her two most recent works, Code Name Verity and Rose Under Fire.

Code Name Verity, which the New York Times called a “fiendishly plotted mind game of a novel” full of “beautiful, vibrant characters,” concerns the tale of Scottish Resistance spy Queenie and British transport pilot Maddie, and their crash landing in occupied France in 1943.

Wein's latest novel, Rose Under Fire, tells the story of 18-year old pilot Rose, who is captured and sent to a Nazi women’s concentration camp where medical experiments are conducted on a group of Polish women called the “Rabbits.”

Wein’s research also led to the Ravensbrück Rabbits Gallery, a feature of her website devoted to preserving the real-life Rabbits’ stories.

Her PhD in folklore from the University of Pennsylvania, as well as her interest in plane piloting, continue to inform her historical fiction.

Following her Hill House talk is an audience Q&A and book signing. Books will be available for purchase courtesy of Mystery Lovers Bookshop. Tickets are $10. For more information or to buy tickets, click here or call 412-622-966.

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