Young adult author, Laurie Halse Anderson
Young adult author Laurie Halse Anderson doesn't shy away from the tough subjects such as addiction, mental health, sexual assault and suicide. Her books have been best sellers, and she has been honoured by the American Library Association for her contribution to Young Adult writing. Her latest novel, The Impossible Knife of Memory is the story of high school student Hayley Kincain whose father is a war veteran who struggles with post traumatic stress and addiction. She will be speaking at the Auckland Writer's Festival in May.