Young Adult Author Laurie Halse Anderson at Harriet Island Pavilion this Weekend

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 Red Balloon Bookshop and Saint Paul Public Library are hosting an afternoon with Laurie Halse Anderson, one of the most acclaimed authors of young adult literature.

Sunday, January 12, at 4:00 p.m. at the Harriet Island Pavilion. 

FREE and Open to the Public

Listen to Laurie Halse Anderson speak, ask her questions, and meet her while she is signing her book.


Anderson is touring for her newest work, The Impossible Knife of Memory. Based on her own childhood experience with a father who suffered from PTSD, Anderson writes a compelling story of a single father who returns from the Iraq War with deep emotional wounds and the daughter who wishes she could heal him.

With many soldiers currently returning from deployment in Iraq and Afghanistan, the topic of teens living with parents suffering from PTSD is timely and relevant. Anderson is a powerful advocate for helping teens get through this adversity and the other challenges of adolescence.

Autographing line will form after the presentation and will be in order of numbered tickets given out at the time of the book’s purchase or upon arrival to the event. Books are available for preorder from Red Balloon Bookshop, 651-224-8320, or available for purchase at the event. A portion of all event book sales will benefit Saint Paul Public Library.

This event is supported by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.


Laurie Halse Anderson has received both the Margaret Edwards Award and the ALAN Award

for her contributions to young adult literature. She has also been honored by the National

Coalition Against Censorship. She is the author of the National Book Award finalist and Printz

Honor Book, Speak, and of four other much-acclaimed young adult novels. She and her husband

live in northern New York State. Follow Laurie on Twitter @halseanderson and visit her at

Taken from the Red Balloon Bookshop’s press release



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