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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.





One Book, One Community

Rose Under Fire has been chosen as Central Pennsylvania's One Book, One Community read across a 6-county area including over 80 libraries. I'm incredibly excited and honored that my book's been chosen, and I'll be speaking at a couple of local events in connection with the program.

Join me on Tuesday, 4 April 2017 at Congregation Beth Israel in Lebanon, PA, where I'll be talking about Rose Under Fire and flying! You can find more information about the event here. We've also got a mini-author-interview here to give you a taster.

There's a private event in York, PA, on Thursday 6 April 2017 from 1-3 p.m. From 6.30 p.m. I'll be signing at the Midtown Scholar Bookstore in Harrisburg, PA.

On Saturday, 8 April 2017, I'll be making a special appearance at the One Book, One Community Readers' Celebration, held from 12-2 p.m. at the Reading Regional Airport in Pennsylvania. Details for the event, "Telling Their Story: A Readers' Celebration of Rose Under Fire," are available here. There will be World War II displays, a slide show, period music, and a free lunch! And the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum, one mile from the airport, is open to the public from 9 a.m. till 4 p.m. The OBOC event is free, but registration is encouraged (you can register here).

A full listing of library discussions and events is up on the One Book, One Community website.



Kids Lit Quiz October 2016

Thursday, 27 October 2016: 11.00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. I'll be on the author team at the West Scotland Heat of the Kids Lit Quiz again, held at Our Lady's High School in Cumbernauld, Scotland. Last year's winners of this heat, Hamilton College, went on to place 2nd in the International Championship in New Zealand in August 2016. Our author team tied with them in the West Scotland Heat so we are extremely proud of our performance, and moreso of theirs!



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