Earlier this week, Len and I headed over to Tysons Corner Mall in McLean, Virginia.
Laurie Halse Anderson was in town, promoting Chains (Simon & Schuster, 2008), which was recently named a National Book Awards Finalist!
She gave a little talk before her signing, condensing 35 years of her life in 30 minutes, touching on her writing process and inspiration for both her Young Adult and historical fiction novels. Then she graciously answered questions and basically wowed everyone with her enthusiasm, energy, and deep, deep commitment to telling our nation’s story, and opening up a dialogue about difficult or painful topics.
It was pretty surreal to meet someone in person whom you only "know" online. Laurie was only the second writer/blogger I’ve actually seen in the flesh (Sara Lewis Holmes was the first). Way cool!
Hopelessly out-of-focus shot compliments of Len.
Check out Laurie’s tour schedule to see if she’ll be rolling into a town near you, and don’t forget to read Chains!
8 thoughts on “look who rolled into town!”
Awesome! You are so lucky to have met her. I’m still awaiting my chance. 🙂
It was one of those things where you’ve admired someone for awhile, and then you’re a little afraid that when you finally meet them you’ll be disappointed somehow. Not the case at all! The minute she walked into the store, you could feel her warmth and “realness.” She’s so down-to-earth and approachable, and very generous with her advice.
I’m glad you had a great time meeting an online friend in real life! The internet is great 🙂
That it is. I’m looking forward to more close encounters of the in-person kind!
You lucky duck! I totally wanted to go to that book signing, but I was working. Wah!
It was so totally cool that she stopped in Virginia and not just D.C. I was so happy to be able to make it.
Oh, no. She was near us. I missed it. Don’t tell my kids. They’ll kill me.
What a shame! Yes, I can see why they would feel that way. Compensate by buying them extra books for Christmas!
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