"Rose Under Fire" presented by Elizabeth Wein

  • 14 Oct 2017
  • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Hershey Public Library: Meeting Rooms #1 and #2

Saturday, October 14 at 2:00 p.m.

Come and meet Elizabeth Wein, whose book Rose Under Fire was chosen as the 2017 One Book, One Community selection.

Elizabeth Wein spent her early childhood in England and Jamaica, where her father, an educational psychologist, worked for the Headstart program in in its formative years. At nine, her parents separated and she moved back to the Harrisburg area with her mother, who’d grown up in Hummelstown. Elizabeth’s parents both died young, and during her teens she was taken in by her maternal grandmother, Betty Saylor Flocken, a native of Lebanon who lived for many years in Mt. Gretna.

In 1996 Elizabeth married an Englishman, Tim Gatland, and has now lived in the United Kingdom for over twenty years. Her teenage children both grew up in Scotland. But her close relationship with her grandmother Betty, who recently passed away in 2015 aged 98, means that Elizabeth and her family have maintained a strong bond to Central Pennsylvania and spend at least a month there every summer. As an author of teenage fiction, Elizabeth has led several area school and library events for young people over the years, including multiple visits to the Lancaster Youth Intervention Center. It is an enormous source of pride for her that her novel Rose Under Fire was chosen for Central PA's One Book, One Community read in 2017.

Elizabeth has a PhD in Folklore & Folklife from the University of Pennsylvania and holds a private pilot’s license. Her recent books include the New York Times bestseller and Edgar Award winning Code Name Verity, the Schneider Award winner Rose Under Fire, and Black Dove, White Raven, which received the Children’s Africana Book Award in 2016. Her newest title, The Pearl Thief, is a classic "1930s" mystery with a Scottish setting.

This program is sponsored by both the Friends and the Hershey Library Endowment Trust.

Registration begins September 14.

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