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Friday, April 5, 2019 - 6:00pm
200 East 8th Street
Austin, TX 78701

Friday, April 5 at 6 PM

speaking and signing
in conversation with Wendy Davis





  • PLEASE NOTE: This event is for mature audiences; children under the age of 13 will not be admitted. 
  • Tickets are required for this event. Tickets are only available via Eventbrite. Purchase now:
  • This event takes place at Central Presbyterian Church, located at 200 E 8th Street Austin, TX 78701
  • General Admission Tickets: $21.61 (including fees), includes admission and 1 copy of SHOUT 
  • Student Tickets: $6.82 (including fees), admission only. Includes a $5 coupon towards the purchase of SHOUT at the event. Student tickets will only be honored with presentation of a valid student ID; these will be checked at the door.
  • Books will be available for pick-up the night of the event. They will not be available beforehand.
  • Purchase of a copy of SHOUT from BookPeople, either via a general admission ticket or at the event, is required to enter the signing line.
  • Seating is first come, first served. 

Please note: If you purchase a ticket and cannot attend the event,  we will hold a copy of SHOUT for you at BookPeople for 30 days after the date of the event. You may not pick up the book in advance of the event. 


Laurie Halse Anderson is known for the unflinching way she writes about, and advocates for, survivors of sexual assault. In 1999, her groundbreaking, award-winning novel Speak opened the door for a national dialogue about rape culture and consent. Now, twenty years later, she reveals her personal history as a rape survivor in a searing poetic memoir, SHOUT

In free verse, Halse Anderson shares reflections, rants, and calls to action woven between deeply personal stories from her life she's never written about before. Searing and soul-searching, devastating and triumphant, SHOUT is a denouncement of our society's failures and a love letter to all the people with the courage to say #MeToo and #TimesUp, whether aloud, online, or only in their hearts.

★ “A captivating, powerful read about clawing your way out of trauma, reclaiming your body, and undoing lifetimes of lessons in order to use your voice as the weapon it is. Fervent and deafening.”—Booklist, starred review


Laurie Halse Anderson is a New York Times bestselling author whose writing spans young readers, teens, and new adults. Combined, her books have sold more than eight million copies. She has been twice nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. Two of her books, Speak and Chains, were National Book Award finalists, and Chains was short-listed for the prestigious Carnegie Medal. Laurie was selected by the American Library Association for the 2009 Margaret A. Edwards Award and has been honored for her battles for intellectual freedom by the National Coalition Against Censorship and the National Council of Teachers of English.

In addition to combating censorship, Laurie regularly speaks about the need for diversity in publishing and is a member of RAINN’s National Leadership Council. She lives in Philadelphia, where she enjoys cheesesteaks while she writes. Find out more about Laurie by following her on Twitter at @halseanderson, Instagram at halseanderson, Facebook at writerlady, and Pinterest at halseanderson or by visiting her website,


Wendy Davis is the founding director of Deeds Not Words, a non-profit that seeks to empower and activate the voices of young women in public and political discourse. She is a former Texas State Senator, 2014 Texas Democratic Gubernatorial nominee, frequent public speaker and author. Wendy gained national prominence in 2013 when she strapped on a pair of pink sneakers and held a 13-hour filibuster to protect women’s reproductive freedoms in Texas. Her fight ultimately led to a successful and landmark decision in the U.S. Supreme Court, strengthening the landscape for abortion rights throughout the country.

Raised by a single mother with a ninth-grade education, Wendy began working after school at age fourteen to contribute to the family finances. By the time she was nineteen, she was living in a trailer park with a baby daughter and holding down two jobs. Despite those challenges, Wendy became the first person in her family to attend and graduate from college, beginning at community college, ultimately graduating first in her class at TCU and with honors from Harvard Law School.

Wendy spent nine years on the Fort Worth City Council, focusing on neighborhood economic development. She was elected to the Texas state senate in 2008 in an under-dog win. In the senate, she sponsored bills on everything from cancer prevention to payday lending to protecting victims of sexual assault to government transparency. In 2011, she led the fight against a state budget that underfunded public schools by $5 billion, leading the Republican-led senate to strip her of her position on the education committee. It was not the only effort to silence her. She narrowly won her 2012 election only after an almost two-year battle in federal court, where she won a challenge to the Republican gerrymandered redistricting plan that attempted to redraw her district and doom her re-election chances.

In 2016, Wendy founded Deeds Not Words to give women the tools needed to turn their passion into effective action – teaching civic engagement skills to young women who use what they learn to organize, advocate for policy change and increase voter participation.

Wendy is frequently invited to appear on MSNBC and CNN, and contributes regularly to publications such as TimeCosmoTeen VogueThe Hill and many more. In 2014, Davis released her autobiography Forgetting to Be Afraid.

A proud mother of two daughters (Amber and Dru) and two granddaughters (Ellis and Sawyer) Wendy is a tireless and tenacious advocate for women’s reproductive, social and economic equality.

To get a book signed at one of our events, a copy of the event book must be purchased from BookPeople. By purchasing a book from BookPeople, you are not only supporting a local, independent business, but you are also showing publishers that they should continue sending authors to BookPeople.

Thank you for supporting Laurie Halse Anderson and your local independent bookstore!