As you can tell from her Events page, Laurie’s been traveling all over tarnation doing school visits, conferences, conventions, you name it. She’s also been hard at work on writing the Wonder Woman graphic novel for DC, plus a few other Secret Projects I am not at liberty to discuss, or someone will revoke my author assistant card! But in there, she found time for a quick trip to NYC to visit her publishing team at Penguin and do some pre-pub work on SHOUT, and I thought y’all might enjoy a peek behind the scenes of Author Life.
First up was a media luncheon, at which she got to sit and chat with folks from the press about SHOUT, the #MeToo movement, the state of the world in general, and why she’s hopeful now of all times. Being an author is not nearly as glamorous as people think, but this is one of the few times that authors live that Fancy Life — good food, good conversation, and a gorgeous display of her book!
Then it was off to a recording studio where she did a video interview, read from SHOUT, and recorded some special messages for booksellers and librarians. You’ll probably be seeing them online in the coming months, so keep an eye out!
She also got some new author photos taking, which you’ll also be seeing around in the coming months, but here’s an out-take just for you:
Reminder: You can pre-order SHOUT from your local indie!
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.
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!
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!