By Housing Works Bookstore & Cafe
Anderson will be joined in conversation by Mara Wilson. This event is ticketed; please see below for important information about entry.
Laurie Halse Anderson is known for the unflinching way she writes about, and advocates for, survivors of sexual assault. In 1999, her groundbreaking, award-winning novel Speak opened the door for a national dialogue about rape culture and consent. Now, 20 years later, she reveals her personal history as a rape survivor in a searing new poetic memoir, SHOUT.
In free verse, Anderson shares reflections, rants, and calls to action woven between deeply personal stories from her life that she’s never written about before. Searing and soul-searching, devastating and triumphant, SHOUT is a denouncement of our society’s failures and a love letter to all the people with the courage to say #MeToo and #TimesUp, whether aloud, online, or only in their own hearts.
★ “A captivating, powerful read about clawing your way out of trauma, reclaiming your body, and undoing lifetimes of lessons in order to use your voice as the weapon it is. Fervent and deafening.”—Booklist, starred review
★ “Powerful . . . Alternately raw and lyrical.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review
★ “An important book for the #MeToo movement.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
IMPORTANT TICKETING & ENTRY INFORMATION:
This event will be held at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe in Manhattan, and tickets are required for entry. General admission is $25 and includes a signed copy of SHOUT. Student admission is $10 including fees and includes a $5 coupon which can be used toward a purchase of SHOUT at the event; you must purchase a copy of SHOUT via a general admission ticket or at the event to enter the signing line. Student tickets will only be honored with presentation of a valid student ID; these will be checked at the door. Please note that this event is for mature audiences only; children under 13 will not be admitted. There are no refunds. If you cannot make the event you may change the name on your ticket up to 24 hours before the event or have the new attendee bring your confirmation.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Laurie Halse Anderson is a New York Times bestselling author whose writing spans young readers, teens, and new adults. Combined, her books have sold more than 8 million copies. She has been nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award three times. Two of her books, Speak and Chains, were National Book Award finalists, and Chains was short-listed for the prestigious Carnegie medal. Laurie was selected by the American Library Association for the 2009 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. Find out more about Laurie by following her on Twitter and Instagram at @halseanderson or by visiting her website, madwomanintheforest.com.
ABOUT MARA WILSON:
Mara Wilson is a writer, playwright, actor, and storyteller perhaps best known as the little girl from Mrs. Doubtfire, Miracle on 34th Street, and Matilda. A graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, she regularly appears at live storytelling and comedy shows, including her own, What Are You Afraid Of?. Her writing can be found on Jezebel, The Toast, McSweeney’s, the Daily Beast, and Cracked.com, and on her blog, MaraWilsonWritesStuff.com. She lives in New York City.