Laurie Halse Anderson

  • Winner of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award 2023
  • In dialogue, Literature, Offer for schools

The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award – Alma for short – is considered the world’s most prestigious award and “Nobel Prize” for children’s and young adult literature. This year, it goes to U.S. author Laurie Halse Anderson, one of America’s leading writers for teens and young adults.

The jury recognized that Anderson expresses adolescent experiences with sometimes brutal honesty in her novels. The longing for love and belonging is a recurring theme in her works, she said. Anderson already caused a stir in 1999 with her multiple award-winning work Speakwith which she achieved her literary breakthrough, and in which she deals with personal experiences: a 13-year-old girl is raped at a party and loses her speech.

The DAI Heidelberg invites school classes in the region to a personal encounter with Laurie Halse Anderson. She will read from her works at the DAI and offer her young readers the opportunity to talk personally about the themes of her novels and her life’s journey.

Language: English

Registration for school classes:

If you would like to attend the event with your school class or have any questions, please contact Ingrid Stolz by email:

Admission per student: 3.50 euros

Advance ticket sales:

All interested parties away from the school offers can use our advance ticket sales online or at all known Reservix advance booking offices.


Unfortunately, the event has to be cancelled. We ask for your understanding.

Ticket Prices (plus fees)

Regular price 9,90 €
Reduced price 6,90 €
Member price 4,90 €

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