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SHOUT Tour Event with Laurie Halse Anderson and Alexis Zotos
March 24 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
New York Times bestselling, award-winning author Laurie Halse Anderson will be visiting us for a discussion of her new book, SHOUT—a searing poetic memoir for the #MeToo era. Anderson will be joined in conversation by Channel KMOV’s Alexis Zotos. This event is ticketed; 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 she’s 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.
Alexis Zotos is an Emmy-award winning reporter at KMOV News and the host of the Meet St. Louis podcast. A native St. Louisian, she loves covering the stories that make an impact in the community. Alexis started her journalism career in Los Angeles where she worked for Annenberg TV News as a student journalist at the University of Southern California. She worked at the ABC station in Knoxville, TN before returning hometown to work at her dream station, KMOV. She launched the Meet St. Louis podcast in 2018 where she interviews the city’s best chefs, brewers and entrepreneurs.
PRAISE FOR SHOUT:
★ “A captivating, powerful read about clawing your way out of trauma, reclaiming your body, and undoing lifetimes of lessons in order to use your voice as the weapon it is. Fervent and deafening.”—Booklist, starred review
● “Powerful . . . Alternately raw and lyrical.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review
★ “An important book for the #MeToo movement.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
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 and Instagram at @halseanderson or by visiting her website, madwomanintheforest.com.