Travels from: Pennsylvania
Laurie Halse Anderson is a New York Times bestselling author whose writing spans young readers, teens, and adults. Combined, her books have sold more than 8 million copies. Her new book, SHOUT, a memoir-in-verse about surviving sexual assault at the age of thirteen and a manifesta for the #MeToo era, has received widespread critical acclaim and was Laurie's eighth New York Times bestselling book.
Two of her novels, Speak and Chains, were National Book Award finalists, and Chains was short-listed for the prestigious Carnegie medal in the United Kingdom. Laurie has been nominated for Sweden's Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award three times. Laurie was selected by the American Library Association for the Margaret A. Edwards Award and has been honored for her battles for intellectual freedom by the National Coalition Against Censorship and the National Council of Teachers of English.
In addition to combating censorship, Laurie regularly speaks about the need for diversity in publishing and is a member of RAINN’s National Leadership Council. She lives in Philadelphia, where she enjoys cheesesteaks while she writes.
Talks and Topics
Don’t Follow Your Dreams - Slay Your Nightmares: How the Traumas from our Childhood and Adolescence Haunt our Adult Lives and How We Can Lay Them to Rest
Using Story To Speak Up About Hard Things: How Novels Open the Doors to Life-Changing Conversation
Pain, Shame & Dangerous Ignorance: Understanding of Rape Mythology To Save The Next Generation From Sexual Violence
Failing Our Boys: What I’ve Learned From 20 Years of Talking With Teenage Boys About Sexual Violence
Creativity is a Wild Mind and a Disciplined Eye
Author Presentations on SHOUT, Speak, The Impossible Knife of Memory, Twisted, Wintergirls and Catalyst
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In the News:
“Author Laurie Halse Anderson Wants Young People to Connect with Books” - Syracuse Newtimes (June 2019)
“Author Laurie Halse Anderson on Her Memoir Shout” - PBS Amanpour & Co. (May 2019)
“By the Book: Laurie Halse Anderson” - New York Times (Mar 2019)
“In a Memoir, Laurie Halse Anderson Gets Personal About Rape” - New York Times (Mar 2019)
“When Speaking Is Not Enough: On Laurie Halse Anderson’s Shout” - Los Angeles Review of Books (Mar 2019)