Laurie is profiled alongside several other wonderful YA authors in this thoughtful New York Times piece by Julia Jacobs, “Using Young Adult Novels to Make Sense of #MeToo.”
Ms. Anderson, the novel’s author, said books can offer teenagers the language to understand an unfamiliar issue. In her conversations with thousands of teenage readers, she said, it was clear that many had previously lacked the language to understand what happened to Melinda, her main character — or even what happened in their own lives.
“So many kids have come to me and said, ‘I didn’t realize what he did to me,’” she said.
Read the full piece here!
Laurie’s been working with RAINN for years, and she’s delighted to announce that she is now a member of their National Leadership Council!
Members of the NLC will work with RAINN leadership to identify an agenda of programs, policies, and initiatives that help survivors, inform and educate the nation about sexual violence, and bring perpetrators to justice. Members include:
Tori Amos – singer/songwriter and survivor
Laurie Halse Anderson – survivor and author of Speak
Marika Anthony-Shaw – founder and CEO, PLUS1
Ashna Chopra – supporter
Peter Church – chief talent officer, UnitedHealthcare
Torrey DeVitto – actor, activist, and philanthropist
Michael and Catherine Devlin – supporters
Cameron Esposito – comedian, survivor, and activist
Allen Hicks – partner, Hogan Lovells
Kelly Johnson – philanthropist
Ashley Judd – actor and humanitarian
Kesha – singer, activist, and survivor
John Marciano – supporter
Marci M. Matthews – survivor, advocate, and philanthropist
Paul McComas – author of Unplugged
Katherine Miller – RAINN board member
Christina Ricci – actor
Alice Sebold – author of Lucky
JP Sheehan – supporter and volunteer
Jennifer Sincero – author of You are a Badass
Mira Sorvino – actor, activist, and survivor
Breanna Stewart – professional basketball player, Seattle Storm
Keep an eye on RAINN in the coming months as they continue their amazing work supporting survivors and ending sexual violence.
FORESHADOW: A Serial YA Anthology offers a unique new online venue for young adult short stories, with a commitment to showcasing underrepresented voices, boosting emerging writers, and highlighting the beauty and power of YA fiction — and Laurie will be selecting one of the new voices in a forthcoming issue!
You can read the current stories right here, and support their Indiegogo campaign if you like what you read.
Calling all NYC residents and visitors: Penguin Random House is making free books available on the Grand Central wi-fi in NYC, and two of Laurie’s books (along with lots of other amazing titles) are included! You can check out the YA/Children’s list, and more details, right here. Enjoy!
We are delighted to announce Laurie’s next book, courtesy of Viking Children’s Books!
A searing poetic memoir and call to action from the bestselling and award-winning author of Speak, Laurie Halse Anderson!
Viking Children’s Books, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers, will publish Shout, a powerful and thought-provoking memoir by New York Times bestselling author Laurie Halse Anderson. Having first written about sexual assault in her groundbreaking, award-winning novel Speak, Anderson now shares her personal history as a rape survivor and the steps of her journey to healing in a collection of free verse that is as vulnerable as it is rallying.
The preorder link is already live, and you can find that right here. You can read more about the book, including an excerpt, at the Washington Post.