Fans of all ages were thrilled to meet best-selling childrens’ and young-adult author Laurie Halse Anderson in our University District branch earlier this month. She was in store sharing her newest teen novel, The Impossible Knife of Memory. Booklist gave it a starred review, saying, “In Anderson’s skilled hands, readers will find a light shining on the shadowy reality of living with someone who has lived through war—and who is still at war with himself.”
In addition to reading from the book, she talked about her life and family, her writing style and method, responses she’s received about the tough subjects in her books, and her strong stance against censorship. To top it all off, she answered all of the audience’s questions. She was friendly as can be, and it was great fun to host her.
Laurie’s books appeal to young and old. She is known for dealing with difficult subjects in her writing with a powerful awareness, humor, and empathy toward her characters that has made her a prominent author in the teen book world. She also writes historical fiction, childrens’ novels, and picture books.
More about The Impossible Knife of Memory (from the book flap): “For the past five years, Hayley Kincain and her father, Andy, have been on the road, trying to outrun the memories that haunt them both. They moved back to Andy’s hometown to try a “normal” life, but the horrors he saw in the war threaten to destroy their lives. Hayley watches, helpless, as her father turns to drugs and alcohol to silence his demons. And then her own past creeps up, and everything falls apart.”
In brief, she’s a great author, and this is a great book. I’ve been a fan of hers for more than a decade, and I can honestly say that The Impossible Knife of Memory is a wonderful addition to her already laudable library. To learn more about the book and the author, check out the January 11 interview Laurie did with NPR. You can also head over to her blog and follow her on Twitter.