After many, many years of being a fan of Laurie Halse Anderson, I got the opportunity to hear her speak at Doylestown Bookshop last night. Her first novel, SPEAK, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. To commemorate this, Laurie is gearing up to release a new novel in verse which is NOT a sequel to SPEAK. Rather, it is an extension–essays and poems–about the need for more girls to SHOUT their truths.

I cannot wait for this.

Normally at these events I fan girl, get an autograph and a picture, then leave. This time, I learned something. SPEAK has been adapted into a graphic novel–I did know this. What I didn’t know is just who the artist for the graphic portion was…Emily Carroll. *gasp*

While I don’t know a lot about her, I have seen some of her amazing artwork online. I mean…just look at this cover.

Next blog post, I will be doing her art and talent some justice. For now…I’ll leave you with a fun photo of myself, with Laurie Halse Anderson and my friend Pamela.

xoxo,

A