Laurie Halse Anderson (she/her)

“Censorship is the child of fear the father of ignorance and the desperate weapon of fascists everywhere.”


“inappropriate dictators”
from Shout


Laurie Halse Anderson is the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award-winning author of numerous books for young people. She is a New York Times bestselling author whose writing spans young readers, teens, and adults. Combined, her books have sold more than eight million copies.

Two of her novels, Speak and Chains, were National Book Award finalists. Two more of her books, The Impossible Knife of Memory and Shout were long-listed for the National Book Awards. The American Library Association gave Laurie the Margaret A. Edwards Award for her significant contribution to young adult literature. She has been honored for her battles for intellectual freedom by the National Coalition Against Censorship and the National Council of Teachers of English. She is a member of RAINN’s National Leadership Council and frequently speaks about sexual violence.

Laurie lives in Philadelphia where she enjoys cheesesteaks while she writes.

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