Laurie Halse Anderson at the Harriet Island Pavilion!

Meet bestselling and critically acclaimed YA author




on tour for the release of her newest novel




Sunday, January 12, 4:00 pm


Harriet Island Pavilion

200 Dr. Justice Ohage Blvd, Saint Paul, MN 55107 



  This event is supported by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.


Red Balloon Bookshop, in partnership with the Saint Paul Public Library, invites you to an incredible afternoon with Laurie Halse Anderson, one of the most acclaimed authors of young adult literature!

Join us on Sunday, Jan 12, 4:00 pm, at the Harriet Island Pavilion, as Anderson tours for her newest work, The Impossible Knife of Memory. Based on her own childhood experience with a father who suffered from PTSD, Anderson writes a compelling story of a single father who returns from the Iraq War with deep emotional wounds, and the daughter who wishes she could heal him.

“As in Speak, Anderson provides a riveting study of a psychologically scarred teenager… absorbing.”
   - Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Compelling, powerful and timely…This is challenging material, but in Anderson’s skilled hands, readers will find a light shining on the shadowy reality of living with someone who has lived through war.”
   - Booklist, starred review



Laurie Halse Anderson has received both the Margaret Edwards Award and the ALAN Award for her contributions to young adult literature. She has also been honored by the National Coalition Against Censorship in recognition of her fight to combat the censoring of literature. She is the author of the National Book Award finalist and Printz Honor Book, Speak, and of four other much-acclaimed young adult novels. She and her husband live in northern New York State. Follow Laurie on Twitter @halseanderson and visit her at



Event presentation and Q&A are free and open to the public. Autographing line will form after the presentation and will be in order of numbered tickets given out at the time of the book’s purchase or upon arrival to the event. Books are available for preorder from Red Balloon Bookshop, 651-224-8320, or available for purchase at the event.

When you pre-order and pay, Red Balloon will reserve your book(s) and numbered autograph ticket for in-store pickup or hold them at Will Call the day of the event. Avoid a long wait in the signing line by preordering today! Copies of The Impossible Knife of Memory will be available at Red Balloon on January 7.

Twenty percent of all event book sales will go back to Saint Paul Public Library.  Thank you for supporting your public library and your local independant bookstore!


CAN'T MAKE IT? If you'd like a personalized book but are unable to make the event, please call us at 651-224-8320 to pre-pay and we'll have one or more copies signed and reserved for you or shipped anywhere in the United States.


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ISBN-13: 9780670012091
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Viking Books for Young Readers, 1/2014

Speak (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780312674397
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Square Fish, 5/2011

Wintergirls (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780142415573
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Speak, 3/2010

Fever 1793 (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780689848919
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 3/2002

Chains (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9781416905868
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 1/2010

Forge (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9781416961451
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 4/2012

Twisted (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780142411841
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Speak, 5/2008