Photo by Renee Rosensteel.

Carnegie Library Lecture Hall in Oakland

October 8
7 p.m.

Autumn is here, the perfect time to curl up with a good book.

Photo by Renee Rosensteel.
Photo by Renee Rosensteel.

Mark your calendars for the 2015-16 season of Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures’ Kids & Teens series. Presented in partnership with Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA&L Kids and Teens brings nationally acclaimed authors to town, spotlights new children’s and Young Adult books, encourages family reading time and promotes a lifelong interest in reading.

The 15th annual series kicks off on Thursday, October 8th with a lecture and signing featuring Rainbow Rowell, the celebrated author of the best-selling Young Adult books, Eleanor & Park and Fangirl. The Nebraska-based writer comes to Pittsburgh fresh on the heels of publishing her latest book, Carry On, which continues her popular Fangirl series. Equal parts love story, ghost story and mystery, the fantastical epic chronicles the ups and downs of Simon Snow and his roommate Baz.

Rainbow Rowell. Photo by Augusten Burroughs.
Rainbow Rowell. Photo by Augusten Burroughs.

Described as a “champion for teen readers who relate to being considered nerds or misfits or fat by their peers,” Rowell’s YA novels also explore important issues such as bullying, physical and emotional abuse, poverty, foster care, body image and the pressures of school and home.

A lemonade reception and book signing will follow the lecture. Books will be available for sale before and after the lecture from Classic Lines. Rowell’s talk starts at 7 p.m. at Carnegie Library Lecture Hall in Oakland. Tickets are $20.

The new PA&L Kids and Teens series continues with author Kate DiCamillo (Flora & Ulysses) on Thursday, October 15th; writer and illustrator Cece Bell (the Sock Monkey series) on Sunday, November 8th; author Lois Lowry (The Giver series) on Sunday, November 22nd; author Kevin Henkes (Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse) on Sunday, January 24th; cartoonist and illustrator Stephan Pastis (the Timmy Failure series) on Sunday, February 21st; and Young People’s Poet Laureate Jacqueline Woodson (Brown Girl Dreaming) on Sunday, February 28th.

View a complete schedule of Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures’ Kids and Teens events. Purchase tickets and subscriptions.

Jennifer BaronArts & Entertainment / Jobs Editor

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator of Handmade Arcade. Musically, she is in a band called The Garment District and is a founding member of Brooklyn's The Ladybug Transistor.