Ticketed Off-site Event: Laurie Halse Anderson in conversation with Mikki Kendall

Women & Children First is honored to host New York Times bestselling, award-wining author Laurie Halse Anderson in celebration of her searing poetic memoir and call to action, SHOUT.

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Anderson will be joined in conversation by a special guest, Mikki Kendall; the discussion will be followed by an audience Q&A and a book signing. This event will be held at the Swedish American Museum, please see below for important information about entry.

Laurie Halse Anderson is known for the unflinching way she writes about, and advocates for, survivors of sexual assault. In 1999, her groundbreaking, award-winning novel Speak opened the door for a national dialogue about rape culture and consent. Now, twenty years later, she reveals her personal history as a rape survivor in a searing poetic memoir, SHOUT.

In free verse, Anderson shares reflections, rants, and calls to action woven between deeply personal stories from her life that shes never written about before. Searing and soul-searching, devastating and triumphant, SHOUT is a denouncement of our society's failures and a love letter to all the people with the courage to say #MeToo and #TimesUp, whether aloud, online, or only in their own hearts.


  • Tickets are required to attend.
  • Student tickets will only be honored with presentation of a current student ID; these will be checked at the door.
  • Please note that this event is for mature audiences only; children under 13 will not be admitted.
  • To enter the signing line, you must purchase a copy of SHOUT via a ticket (with book included) or from Women & Children first at the event.

Laurie Halse Anderson is a New York Times bestselling author whose writing spans young readers, teens, and new adults. Combined, her books have sold more than 8 million copies. She has been nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award three times. Two of her books, Speak and Chains, were National Book Award finalists, and "Chains" was short-listed for the prestigious Carnegie medal. Laurie was selected by the American Library Association for the 2009 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, Facebook at writerlady, and Pinterest at halseanderson or by visiting her website, madwomanintheforest.com.

Mikki Kendall is a writer from Chicago. She has written for The Washington Post, Boston Globe, TIME, Ebony, Essence, and other online and print outlets. Her books Amazons, Abolitionists, and Activists and Hood Feminism are forthcoming in 2019 and 2020.  

Event date: 
Friday, March 15, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Event address: 
Swedish American Museum
5211 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60640
SHOUT Cover Image
ISBN: 9780670012107
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - March 12th, 2019

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