Visiting Authors

Penn Charter's libraries, Gummere and Trask, welcome visiting authors and illustrators throughout the year. Students hear directly from the authors about their inspiration, process and career path.

Ariel Bernstein OPC '95

Feb. 21: Ariel Bernstein OPC '95
Author Laura Sibson in olive green jacket and jeans sits on a bench in a park, facing the camera

Laura Sibson P '18

Wednesday, Oct. 23, 12:30 p.m.
Gummere Library

Lunch provided. RSVP to Judith Hill in person or via email,

Penn Charter's Upper School Book Club hosts author Laura Sibson, who will talk with students about her debut young adult novel, The Art of Breaking Things. Laura is a Philadelphia-based writer and one of our Penn Charter family – her son Mitch graduated from PC in 2018. You can learn more about Laura by visiting her website:

Purple cover of book The Art of Breaking Things by Laura Sibson

Laura will talk to students about her path to becoming an author, the process of writing The Art of Breaking Things, and the ins and outs of her writing process, from the initial idea all the way through revisions and beyond.


Author William Lashner stands in front of Philadelphia's City Hall. Image framed by spooky purple frame

William Lashner

Thursday, Oct. 24, 11:45 a.m.
Gummere Library

Lunch provided. RSVP to Judith Hill in person or via email,


Penn Charter's Middle School Book Club hosts William Lashner, author of Elizabeth Webster and the Court of Uncommon Pleas. Lashner is a former criminal prosecutor with the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. and a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop.

Cover of book Elizabeth Webster and the Court of Uncommong Pleas

Elizabeth Webster is set in the historic streets of Philadelphia, and this riveting middle-grade mystery from New York Times best-selling author William Lashner will have readers banging their gavels and calling for more from the incomparable Elizabeth Webster. 

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