Historical Adventures with Elizabeth Laird, Sun. 24 August, 4.30 - 5.30 p.m. at the Baillie Gifford Imagination Lab. Admission £4.50. Both The Fastest Boy in the World by Elizabeth Laird and Black Dove, White Raven by Elizabeth Wein have settings in Ethiopia. Join tus as we talk history, research and writing books that travel from the Second World War to The Crusades via Africa, Europe and the Middle East.
On Wed. 16 July 2014 at 6.30 p.m., I'll be speaking at the Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures Series as part of their Teens program. The event is held at the Elsie H. Hillman Auditorium, Hill House Kaufmann Center, and is sponsored in partnership with the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, the Hill House Association, and the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased by calling 412 622 8866. More details here on the Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures website.
I'm going to ALA in Las Vegas next week - I'll be signing at an Open Road Media "Meet the Authors" event in connection with The Winter Prince at their booth No. 242 in the Exhibit Hall on 28 June from 2.00 - 2.30 p.m., and at the Disney Hyperion "Meet the Authors" event in connection with Rose Under Fire at their booth No. 603 in the Exhibit Hall on Mon. 30 June from 9.30 - 10.30 a.m. Come drop by and say hi!
As part of the 2014 SYNC title lineup, the marvellous audiobook of Code Name Verity, read by Morven Christie and Lucy Gaskell, is available free from 12-18 June 2014. It's aptly paired with the autobiographical The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom, a wonderful story of resistance and faith in the Netherlands in World War II. The Hiding Place was my own introduction to the second World War; I read it over and over again from the time I discovered it at ten, and it inspired my earliest attempts at historical fiction set during this time.
Both titles can be downloaded by visiting SYNC here.