YA author Rachel Cohn visits Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School

YA author Rachel Cohn with BCC English teacher Dawn Charles on Jan. 31, 2013. YA author Rachel Cohn with BCC English teacher Dawn Charles on Jan. 31, 2013. (Hannah O’Malley)

Rachel Cohn, the author of several bestselling YA novels, dropped by her old high school in Bethesda on Thursday afternoon to talk with students.

A native of Silver Spring, Md., who now lives in Los Angeles, Cohn graduated from BCC in 1985. Her mother still lives in the area.

Cohn is best known for “Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist,” co-authored with David Levithan in 2006. It was later made into a movie starring Michael Cera and Kat Dennings.

While visiting the Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School on Thursday, Cohn spoke to English classes and students who produce the school’s literary magazine, Chips. (My wife is an English teacher at BCC and the faculty sponsor of Chips.)

Cohn’s latest novel is “Beta,” the first in a four-book science fiction series published by Hyperion. A departure from her previous work, “Beta” (for readers 14 and up) tells the futuristic story of a female clone produced on an island for wealthy clients. Trouble ensues when the clone begins to feel and think for herself.

Cohn will speak at the Bethesda Public Library on Thursday evening, Jan. 31, at 5:00. For more information, call 240-777-0970.

Ron Charles is the editor of The Washington Post's Book World. For a dozen years, he enjoyed teaching American literature and critical theory in the Midwest, but finally switched to journalism when he realized that if he graded one more paper, he'd go crazy.
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