Laurie Halse Anderson at Alamosa Books

Bliss
January 13, 2014 

I read this synopsis from Book Riot on The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson and thought “what a cool story. I should check that out.” Then somebody walked into my office.

That very night I read in the newspaper that Laurie Halse Anderson was going to be at Alamosa Books on that Friday, January 10, 2014 to sign her new book. Never ignore a coincidence, as Deepak Chopra says.

Laurie Halse Anderson and me at Alamosa Books in Albuquerque, NM on January 10, 2014.
Laurie Halse Anderson and me at Alamosa Books in Albuquerque, NM
on January 10, 2014.

During her talk, Laurie Halse Anderson hooked me with the magical musical moment thing. She was explaining  how her reason for writing her YA novel Prom was to get to this one page, where the perfect song comes on and all the social barriers that separate people disappear and everyone just starts swaying to the music.

It made me think of that scene in The Perks of Being a Wallflower where Charlie is watching Patrick and Sam dancing to “Come On, Eileen” and he is shifting from foot to foot, psyching himself up to join them. Or last Saturday night, when the band at the club started playing “Shout” and me and my friend and practically everyone else in the place rushed to the dance floor and started jumping and singing and just about losing our damn minds.

My signed books by Laurie Halse Anderson. The Impossible Knife of Memory and Prom.
My signed books by Laurie Halse Anderson.
The Impossible Knife of Memory and Prom.

I have two new books on my To-Be-Read list now.


5 thoughts on “Laurie Halse Anderson at Alamosa Books

  1. I love Laurie Halse Anderson! You’re so lucky to have gotten to meet her. I was introduced to her via her book Wintergirls and was hooked ever since. I’ve also read Speak and Catalyst. I highly recommend all three books. Still haven’t read Prom yet, but it’s sitting on my bookshelf among my other books I want to read. I didn’t know she had a new book out! Gotta go and get it now.

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    1. I had heard of Speak but was afraid it might be a little too emotional for me right now. Even the cover–that girl’s eyes are so sad. But Impossible Knife of Memory just sounded right up my alley. I am so glad to have gotten to meet Laurie Halse Anderson, too. There was a really good turnout at the signing, and she’s a great speaker.

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