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LHA in the House

Laurie Halse Anderson halseanderson came to Portland.

Yes, she did!

She said that after 24 hours in our city, she's pretty sure she could live here. She likes rain (well, that is key), and librarians and artists and people who care about the environment. We do have an abundance of those things.

She said lots of wise and funny stuff about:

writing and
teens and
her childhood and
terrible first drafts and
the joy of revising and
the voices in her head and
the five endings she wrote for TWISTED and
being cast as the Lunch Lady in the movie of SPEAK and
her upcoming novels about the Revolutionary War and
why she chose yellow fever for her historical fiction ("it was more gross") and ...

much more.

And I think she's probably fun to have a margarita with. At one point, this big rumble sounded overhead - probably some ancient heating system in the Old Church - and she said, without missing a beat, "That's God."

lisa_schroeder and I sat together and marveled at the number of actual teens and tweens who showed up on a rainy Monday night to hang with their favorite author.

Until Laurie is ready to relocate to Puddletown - we'll keep the rain coming, and the libraries awesome.

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susanwrites
Oct. 16th, 2007 04:34 am (UTC)
Oooh - lucky you! Sounds like a fabulous time.
lkmadigan
Oct. 16th, 2007 12:54 pm (UTC)
She's a great speaker - very animated.

I loved seeing her fans.
lorrainemt
Oct. 16th, 2007 05:32 am (UTC)
Oh shoot--how did I miss this? I would have loved to have seen her speak again. She was a great keynote speaker at the Rutgers conference last year.
At least you and Lisa got to go together. :)
lkmadigan
Oct. 16th, 2007 12:54 pm (UTC)
We should have thought to remind you! Sorry!
ex_dotificu
Oct. 16th, 2007 01:34 pm (UTC)
Isn't she an awesome speaker? I heard her at Rutgers last year and last weekend at an SCBWI conference in Michigan. She's well worth travelling to hear.

This reminds me, I need to write up my notes from the conference.
lkmadigan
Oct. 17th, 2007 03:16 am (UTC)
She's great.
lisa_schroeder
Oct. 16th, 2007 01:52 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad we went!!! Thanks for going with me!

I wish I could spend 16 hous revising today (did I really just say that?) :)
lkmadigan
Oct. 17th, 2007 03:17 am (UTC)
I would have had a Starbucks delivered to your door to keep you going.
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lkmadigan
Oct. 17th, 2007 03:18 am (UTC)
The downtown Central Library is so beautiful - one of my favorite buildings ever.

sruble
Oct. 17th, 2007 03:09 pm (UTC)
That sounds like a nawesome talk to go to and very inspiring. Thanks for sharing.
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