Words & Pictures

Katherine Applegate

This event is free as part of RADical Days

“Timely, necessary, and brimming with heart.”


Katherine Applegate is the author of the Newbery Medal-winning The One and Only Ivan, the New York Times bestselling Crenshaw, the award-winning Home of the Brave, and several bestselling young adult series. Her forthcoming book, Wishtree, features an old oak tree and a crow who help their neighbors embrace their differences.

In this beautiful, nuanced middle-grade novel Red is an oak tree who is many rings old. Red is the neighborhood “wishtree”—people write their wishes on pieces of cloth and tie them to Red’s branches. Along with her crow friend Bongo and other animals who seek refuge in Red’s hollows, this “wishtree” watches over the neighborhood. You might say Red has seen it all. Until a Muslim family moves in to the neighborhood. Not everyone is welcoming, and Red’s experiences as a “wishtree” are more important than ever. Funny, deep, and warm, this is Katherine Applegate at her very best—writing from the heart, and from a completely unexpected point of view.

More about Katherine Applegate

More About Katherine Applegate


The Guardian, October  2015

Interview with Katherine Applegate

School Library Journal, June 2017

Wishtree Review

“Elegant and poignant…another stunning effort from Applegate.”


Book Signing

A book signing will follow the program in the Children’s Department of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. Books will be available for sale before and after the lecture from Mystery Lovers Bookshop.


EQT Foundation, The Grable Foundation, and the Succop Family Charitable Foundation

This event is free as part of RADical Days, thanks to the Allegheny Regional Asset District


Sunday, October 1, 2017 at 2:30 p.m.


Tickets for this lecture are free as part of RADical Days! Tickets are still available and can be picked up between 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday.


Carnegie Library Lecture Hall
4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, 15213


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