Acclaimed author Laurie Halse Anderson visiting Saint Paul

Date: Jan 3rd, 2014

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. Anderson will speak, answer questions, and sign books on Sunday, January 12, at 4:00 p.m. at the Harriet Island Pavilion. The event is free and open to the public.

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.  

"As in Speak, Anderson provides a riveting study of a psychologically scarred teenager... absorbing." 
- Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Compelling, powerful and timely...This is challenging material, but in Anderson's skilled hands, readers will find a light shining on the shadowy reality of living with someone who has lived through war."
- Booklist, starred review

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 pre-order 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. 

For more information, visit This event is supported by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

About the Author
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