Doylestown: Laurie Halse Anderson - SPEAK 20TH ANNIVERSARY

Queen Laurie
The Doylestown Bookshop is honored to welcome back NY Times bestselling author Laurie Halse Anderson in celebration of the 20th Anniversary Edition of her award-winning novel, Speak. She will be here for a discussion, Q&A, and a signing on Monday, January 14th at 6:30 pm.

Signing Stipulation - Please Read Carefully

Attendees must buy a hardcover copy of Speak, the 20th Anniversary Edition, at the Doylestown Bookshop in order to join the signing line. Laurie will sign and personalize as many copies of Speak, the 20th Anniversary Edition as desired, and will sign (but not personalize) up to two (2) books brought from home.

Please register for free below:

Speak 20th

"Speak up for yourself—we want to know what you have to say."

From the first moment of her freshman year at Merryweather High, Melinda knows this is a big fat lie, part of the nonsense of high school. She is friendless, outcast, because she busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops, so now nobody will talk to her, let alone listen to her. As time passes, she becomes increasingly isolated and practically stops talking altogether.

Only her art class offers any solace, and it is through her work on an art project that she is finally able to face what really happened at that terrible party: she was raped by an upperclassman, a guy who still attends Merryweather and is still a threat to her. Her healing process has just begun when she has another violent encounter with him. But this time Melinda fights back, refuses to be silent, and thereby achieves a measure of vindication.

A timeless novel about consent and finding the courage to speak up for yourself, the twentieth anniversary edition of the classic novel that has spoken to so many young adults now includes a new introduction by acclaimed writer, host, speaker, and cultural commentator Ashley C. Ford as well as an afterword by New York Times-bestselling author of All American Boys and Long Way Down, Jason Reynolds. This edition will also feature an updated Q&A, resource list, and essay and poem from Laurie Halse Anderson.

Queen Laurie
About Laurie

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 twice nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. 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. She lives in Philadelphia, where she enjoys cheese steaks 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.

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If you can't come to an event and still want an autographed copy of the book, you may purchase titles in advance either in the store, over the phone (215.230.7610), or through our website. *Due to time constraints, only books purchased from The Doylestown Bookshop will be signed by the author*

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Speak 20th Anniversary Edition Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374311254
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - January 15th, 2019

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Speak 20th Anniversary Edition Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250302359
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Square Fish - January 15th, 2019

Speak: The Graphic Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374300289
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - February 6th, 2018