Visiting Author for Schools: Laurie Halse Anderson
Laurie Halse Anderson
SPEAKING FEE! Laurie's rate is $3500 for 1 day which includes up to 3 presentations of ~45 minutes each, plus travel/lodging as appropriate. This fee gets paid directly to Laurie.
Laurie Halse Anderson
DATE OF SCHOOL VISIT
Laurie is available:
- Tuesday, September 25
- Wednesday, September 26
- Thursday, September 27
- Friday, September 28
- Monday, October 1
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
LAURIE HALSE ANDERSON is a New York Times bestselling author of books for kids of all ages--including Speak, Fever 1793, Chains, Twisted, and many others. Known for tackling tough subjects with humor and sensitivity, her work has earned numerous national and state awards, as well as international recognition. Two of her books, Speak and Chains, were National Book Award finalists. Anderson was honored with the 2009 Margaret A. Edwards Award given by the YALSA division of the American Library Association for her "significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature." Anderson was born in Potsdam, New York in 1961. Growing up, she loved reading and listening to family stories. She graduated from Georgetown University in 1984. Before becoming a full-time writer, she was freelance journalist, and then worked part-time at a bookstore to earn money while working on her fiction. Mother of four and wife of one, Laurie lives in northern New York, where she likes to watch the snow fall as she writes. Visit Laurie at www.MadWomanintheForest.com or on Twitter at @HalseAnderson.
SCHOOL TYPE & GRADES
Upper Elementary School, Middle School, High School; grades 4-12
DESIRED # OF STUDENTS
Laurie will present to any number, but prefers audiences of at least 100. The more the better! Laurie is unbelievable and memorable.
LENGTH & TOPIC OF PRESENTATION
Up to 3 presentations of 45 minutes each.
Elementary and Middle Schools
For grades K-4:
After sharing the ups and downs of her difficulties learning how to read and write, Laurie explores the inspiration and development of her books for younger readers, and explains the revision process in a fun and memorable way. Focus is on picture books: The Hair of Zoe Fleefenbacher, Independent Dames: What You Never Knew about the Women and Girls of the American Revolution, and Thank You, Sarah: The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving, and the Vet Volunteers series.
For grades 5-8:
After sharing the ups and downs of her difficulties learning how to read and write, Laurie discusses her fascination with American history, and dives into the research, writing, and revision process for her award-winning historical adventure novels. Focus is on historical fiction: Chains, Forge, Ashes, and Fever 1793.
High Schools and College
Laurie can focus on a specific text, such as Speak, The Impossible Knife of Memory, Twisted, Catalyst, Wintergirls or Prom, or her historical fiction. She can also talk generally about her development as a writer and the writing of Young Adult fiction.
Laurie will be bringing her laptop (a Mac with a dongle). She’ll need a microphone, projector, extension cord, and projection screen. And, a bottle of water.
Tattered Cover will design an order form that the school should distribute in advance of the author visit, and again on the day of the event to all student attendees.
ONLINE ORDERING LINK
Link to share with students and their families to order Laurie's books: www.tatteredcover.com/book-list-laurie-halse-anderson Please make sure anyone ordering online includes the name of your school in the Notes section of the order and if they'd like to pick up the book from you at the school. Please DO NOT give a book to someone who says they ordered online unless they have the printed confirmation. PLEASE KEEP THIS! You'll need to include these confirmations when returning the leftover books so you won't be charged for them! If they do ask you for a book without a confirmation, just email us the name of the student and parent's name and we can check.