Code Name Verity has been chosen as the Portage CommuniTEEN Read, in collaboration between Portage, Michigan's two high schools, the Portage District Library, and Bookbug Bookstore - which means I'm going to Portage, Michigan, to talk about the book with all the readers there! In addition to school events, there's an evening event open to the public at the Air Zoo Aerospace and Science Museum at Battle Creek/Kalamazoo Airport, where many years ago my husband and I flew in to Kalamazoo in a small plane from Harrisburg, PA. Kalamazoo ringers - I hope I get to see some of you during my stay!
I'm excited to announce the publication of my most recent novel, Cobalt Squadron, which is set in the Star Wars universe and features new characters from The Last Jedi! The book came out on the same day as the film. It was a pleasure to write, as it's all about bomber pilots - I drew on some of the research I've been doing on the Soviet women pilots of World War II to help with the background.
The book is available in the US in hardback, as an e-book and as an audio book, read by Kelly Marie Tran herself - she is the woman who plays Rose Tico in The Last Jedi, and the main character of Cobalt Squadron. In the UK, Cobalt Squadron is available in paperback.
It was a real thrill to be involved with the Star Wars universe and to work with Lucasfilm, and I'm pleased that I've finally written some real science fiction.
Saturday 9 September 2017, 2.00 p.m.: Again, as part of Perth & Kinross's Doors Open Day festival, I'll be reading and signing at the Pitlochry Dam Visitor Centre. Come along to find out more about the River Tay and its pearls as inspiration! Details are here and you can sign up to reserve a free ticket to the event here on EventBrite.
Wednesday 4 October 2017, 6.00 p.m.: I'm going to be the guest author for the Kirkcaldy Galleries monthly teen reading group. The event is sponsored by Waterstones Kirkaldy, and new members to the group are very welcome. We'll be talking about The Pearl Thief. The group is meeting at Kirkcaldy Galleries, War Memorial Gardens, Abbotshall Road, Kirkaldy KY1 1YG. Details are here.
Saturday 7 October 2017, 11 a.m.: I'm joining an author panel at the New York City Comic Convention at the Javits Center where we'll be talking about the 40th anniversary Star Wars anthology From a Certain Point of View. You don't need a general ComicCon ticket to get in - details and tickets available here.
Friday 13 October 2017, 4.00 - 6.00 p.m.: I'll be signing at TG Books, 2107 Industrial Highway, York PA.
Here are a few things I've got scheduled for this summer!
Thursday 22 June 2017, 10 am - 3 pm: I'll be participating in Timehop: Wordpool's Young Adult Fiction Festival. Blackpool, England.
Friday 28 - Sunday 30 July 2017: I'm a guest at YALC (Young Adult Literature Convention), the UK's YA Lit Con at London Film and Comic Con, London, England.
Friday 4 August 2017, 10 am: I'll be speaking as part of the Pennsylvania Chautauqua's Author Series at the Hall of Philosophy in Mount Gretna, Pennsylvania - on an unusual combination of Rose Under Fire and The Pearl Thief. Rose is included because of its connection to this spring's One Book, One Community choice in Central Pennsylvania. I'm also planning to make a visit to the Mt. Gretna Community Library sometime between 1 and 20 August - date to be confirmed!
Monday 14 August 2017, 6-8 pm: I'm speaking at the Lebanon Community Library in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, my grandmother's hometown. More information here.
Thursday 24 August 2017, 11 am: I'm participating in the Baillie Gifford Schools Programme at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, in a presentation aimed at S1-S3 students on The Pearl Thief and entitled "A Very Scottish Mystery." The full Schools Programme with more information on the session and on all the other participating authors is available here.
Thursday 31 August to Saturday 2 September 2017: Guest author at LeakyCon 2017, Dublin.
Sunday 3 September 2017, 5.00 p.m.: I'll be reading from The Pearl Thief and signing books at the Innerpeffray Library near Crieff, as part of the Perth and Kinross Doors Open Days celebration. The Innerpeffray Library is fictionalized in The Pearl Thief as "Inverfearnie," and there will be a literary treasure hunt connected to The Pearl Thief that weekend for Doors Open Day visitors. Details to follow.
Bloomsbury, Waterstones, and the Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust are collaborating in a Scotland-based launch of The Pearl Thief with an event at the Perth Museum on Thursday 18 May 2017.
Together with Jess Smith, storyteller and outstanding advocate for the Traveller community in Scotland, I'll be discussing how landscape and community come together in creating a work of fiction. Gavin Lindsay of the Perth & Kinross Heritage Trust will moderate the event.
There's a reception at 6.30 p.m., the discussion starts at 7.00 p.m., and Jess and I will both be signing our books afterward! You can register to attend this event here.