News and Events

Autumn Events 2017

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.

Saturday 14 October 2017, 2.00 p.m.: I'll be speaking at the Hershey Library about Rose Under Fire, which was Central Pennsylvania's 2017 One Book, One Community read. Details here.

Sunday 15 October 2017, 1.00 p.m.: This will be an author event at the Midtown Scholar Bookstore in Harrisburg, PA, as part of the Harrisburg Book Festival. Details are here.



Summer Events 2017

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.


The Pearl Thief Launch, Perth, 18 May 2017

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.

Pearl Thief Blogging and Giveaways

There are some interesting posts and reviews up this week on The Pearl Thief, in celebration of its release. Some of them are written by readers I know well, some by well-respected reviewers, and some by me as a guest blogger. It wasn't planned as a blog tour, but I'm consolidating the links here so that people can have easy access to them if you're interested.


1 May 2017, Elizabeth Wein Q&A with the Scottish Book Trust - The Pearl Thief is their Book of the Month for May.

3 May 2017, Elizabeth Wein interview on Book Q&As with Deborah Kalb

3 May 2017, Elizabeth Wein on the Page 69 Test on Marshal Zeringue's Campaign for the American Reader blog.

3 May 2017, Ann Giles with a review on her Bookwitch blog.

4 May 2017, Maureen Eichner on loss and growing up on her blog By Singing Light.

4 May 2017, Amal El-Mohtar's poignant review for NPR.

4 May 2017, Elizabeth Wein & 11 fellow authors sharing stories from their past on YA Open Mic at the Barnes & Noble Teen Blog.

5 May 2017, Elizabeth Wein on "What I'm Reading Now" at Marshal Zeringue's Campaign for the American Reader blog.


There are also three giveaways going on for signed copies of The Pearl Thief, one in the USA and two in the UK.

In the USA, Rockstar Books is running a giveaway hosted by bloggers over two weeks - links and schedule here. The giveaway closes 16 May 2017.

In the UK, Bloomsbury is running a giveaway on Twitter. You can enter here by responding to their tweet. Closes 19 May 2017.

The Scottish Book Trust has a giveaway associated with their Book of the Month post. Closes 31 May 2017.






The Pearl Thief, Events & Blog Tour, May 2017

I'm doing a speedy and sweeping race across the USA to coincide with Disney Hyperion's release of The Pearl Thief on 2 May 2017. Here are the scheduled events so far:

Tuesday, 2 May 2017, 7 p.m.: Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20008. Details here. This is The Pearl Thief's book birthday, so this will sure feel like a launch party to me!

Thursday, 4 May 2017, 7 p.m.: Anderson's Bookshop, 123 W. Jefferson Ave., Naperville, IL 60540. Details here. 

Friday, 5 May 2017, 7 p.m.: The Book People, 603 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin, TX 78703. Details here. There is a form on this site for ordering signed copies of the book even if you can't attend.

There's also a blog tour coming up from 1-5 and 8-12 May 2017 - details to be announced.

And finally, there's a launch in Perth on Thursday 18 May 2017 for the Bloomsbury release of The Pearl Thief, which is out on 4 May 2017. I'll be speaking at the Perth Museum on a panel together with Jess Smith, storyteller and outstanding advocate for the Traveller community in Scotland, and Gavin Lindsay of the Perth & Kinross Heritage Trust. You can register to attend this event here.






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