Hill House Kaufmann Center

July 16
Doors open at 6 p.m.

Summer isn’t complete without a few good books. Dive into summer reading and enjoy a lively presentation by New York Times bestselling young adult writer Elizabeth Wein at PA&L Teens.

Teaming up with Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and The Holocaust Center of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures presents its latest PA&L Teens’ program featuring the author of the critically acclaimed young adult historical novel, Code Name Verity.

Attendees will be transported to the year 1943 in Nazi-occupied France, to experience a thriller following two young best friends, Scottish Resistance spy Queenie and British transport pilot Maddie, who have crash landed during WWII. Discover what happens when Queenie is captured by the Gestapo and forced to write a confession in order to survive. Named a Michael L. Printz Honor Book in 2013, and shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal, Code Name Verity is winner of the 2013 Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Young Adult Novel and the 2013 Golden Kite Honor.

Similarly engaging, Wein’s new novel, Rose Under Fire, follows an 18-year-old transport pilot who is captured and sent to the notorious Nazi women’s concentration camp Ravensbrück. Via Rose’s struggle to survive, the novel provides a fictionalized account of the camp’s horrors, including experiments conducted on the “Rabbits,” a group of Polish women who were used as medical guinea pigs, while also paying tribute to real women who did not survive.

The event will feature a presentation by Wein, an audience Q&A, a book signing with the author and snacks. Books will be available for purchase from Oakmont-based independent bookstore Mystery Lovers Bookshop.

Raised in Harrisburg, PA, by her grandparents after her mother’s death, Wein spent parts of her childhood living in Jamaica and England. She received her PhD in Folklore from the University of Pennsylvania, and holds a private pilot license which she has used to fly throughout the US, Kenya and England. Wein currently lives in Scotland with her husband and two children.

The event takes place at the Hill House Kaufmann Center located in the Hill District. Tickets are $10 and are available online, by phone (412-622-8866) or at the door.

Wein’s appearance is part of PA&L Teens’ 2014-2015 season, which features top writers of contemporary kids and teen literature working today, and also encourages family reading.

Jennifer Baron

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...