The Enduring Power of the Books That Change Our Lives, featuring Laurie Halse Anderson

Nov 9, 2020

Laurie Halse Anderson

This week’s powerful episode features Laurie Halse Anderson, who was one of the early voices of the #MeToo movement about two decades before survivors started to share their stories en masse. We talk with Laurie about writing your truth, why the books on the Banned Books List make for good lifetime reading, and why kids and teens are usually the smartest, savviest readers, and also the toughest critics. If you have your own survivor story, this is also an important and validating episode you won’t want to miss.


Laurie Halse Anderson is a New York Times-bestselling author known for tackling tough subjects with humor and sensitivity. Two of her books, Speak and Chains, were National Book Award finalists, and Chains was also short-listed for the United Kingdom’s Carnegie medal. She was selected by the American Library Association for the Margaret A. Edwards Award for her significant contribution to young adult literature. Laurie has also 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.

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