Laurie Halse Anderson and WINTERGIRLS

Austin’s Book People was honored to welcome multi-award winning author, Laurie Halse Anderson March 28th. Many of us remember Laurie’s inspiring presentation at a local SCBWI conference many years ago. Laurie has been on a whirlwind book tour celebrating the release of her recent novel, WINTERGIRLS. Wrapped ever so lightly in the celebration is the tenth anniversary of the release of her critically acclaimed novel, SPEAK. Check out her website for a complete list of her books which cover many genres; YA, middle grade, and picture books.

Many thanks to Tim Crow for organizing a social gathering for Austin SCBWI members to meet and chat with Laurie before the public book signing began. We had an impressive turnout for a Saturday night.

Those of us in attendance were thrilled with Laurie’s generosity in offering a Q&A for our group. Let me tell you, SCBWI members can set up a room of chairs in record time. The questions flowed and Laurie’s responses were real, down-to-earth, and no-nonsense. She addressed her typical work day, plotting, outlines, the challenges of juggling family with career, marketing strategies, school visits and much more.

Thank you Laurie Halse Anderson. We would all love to see you again!