Laurie Halse Anderson

laurie halse anderson

Born October 23, 1961


Meet the Author Laurie Halse Anderson:


Author Bio:

"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. Find out more about Laurie by following her on Twitter at @halseanderson, Instagram at halseanderson, and Facebook at lauriehalseanderson, or by visiting her website,"---from


Books by Laurie Halse Anderson:



Speak the Graphic Novel



The  Impossible Knife of Memory




Wonder Woman Tempest Tossed





Fever 1793


Vet Volunteers series


The Hair of Zoe Fleefenbacher Goes to School

Independent Dames

Thank You Sarah

The Big Cheese of Third Street


Contact Laurie Halse Anderson:

For interview requests or bookstore events regarding SHOUT: Please contact Kaitlin Kneafsey at kkneafsey at penguinrandomhouse dot com.

To request an appearance at a university or corporate event, or at conferences that are not centered around children’s literature: Please contact Christie Hinrichs at [email protected], or call (541) 797-2217.

To request an appearance for a school or for children’s literature-focused events:

Please visit the Author Village and fill out the request form!

For COVID-19 related reading permission requests, please see the following guidelines from Laurie’s publishers:

– Simon & Schuster (The Seeds of America trilogy [Chains, Forge, Ashes] and Fever, 1793)

– Macmillan (Speak)

– Penguin Random House (SHOUT, The Impossible Knife of Memory, Wintergirls, Catalyst, Prom, Twisted)