Grandville-Wyoming Community Reads

Finding the Courage to Speak

The books

Speak, opens a new window by Laurie Halse Anderson

"Speak up for yourself--we want to know what you have to say." From the first moment of her freshman year, Melinda knows this is a big fat lie. She is friendless, outcast, because she busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops, so now nobody will talk to her, let alone listen to her. As time passes, she becomes increasingly isolated and practically stops talking altogether. Only her art class offers any solace, and it is through her work on an art project that she is finally able to face what really happened at that terrible party.

Shout, opens a new window by Laurie Halse Anderson

Inspired by her fans and enraged by how little in our culture has changed since her groundbreaking novel Speak was published, Anderson has written a critically-acclaimed poetry memoir that is as vulnerable as it is rallying, as timely as it is timeless. In free verse, she shares reflections, rants, and calls to action woven among deeply personal stories from her life that she's never written about before.

Speak: The graphic novel, opens a new window by Laurie Halse Anderson, artwork by Emily Carroll

Twenty years after its publication, this timeless novel about consent and finding the courage to speak up for yourself is reimagined as a graphic novel. Powerful artwork brings the novel to life visually for both new audiences and fans of this modern day young adult classic.


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The events

KDaLe Book Club at Osgood Brewing

A books and brews special edition! Hear about our featured titles and others like them.

Thursday, April 16, at 7 PM
Osgood Brewing, 4051 Chicago Drive in Grandville, opens a new window

Adult Book Discussion

Join this discussion of Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson in anticipation of her April 23 author talk and book signing. 

Tuesday, April 21 at 6:30 PM
Wyoming Branch, 3350 Michael Ave SW, Wyoming, MI 49509, opens a new window

Author Talk and Book Signing: Laurie Halse Anderson

Laurie Halse Anderson is a New York Times bestselling author whose writing spans young readers, teens and adults. Laurie will be speaking about our featured title, Speak, and her new book, Shout, a memoir-in-verse about surviving sexual assault at the age of 13 and a manifesta for the #MeToo era. Book sale and signing to follow. Register to reserve your seat.

Thursday, April 23 at 6:30 PM
Wyoming Senior Center, 2380 DeHoop Ave. Wyoming, MI 49509, opens a new window

Let’s Talk: Discussing Sexual Consent with Your Kids

Tackle this tough topic in a parent info session with experts from the Sexual Assault and Prevention Action Team of Kent County, opens a new window. SAPAT seeks to remove shame and stigma from these sensitive conversations, while empowering parents with the tools they need to promote violence prevention. Let’s learn together! These two sessions are for parents and caregivers only, please.

Thursday, Feb. 27 from 6:00-7:30 PM
Wyoming High School, 1350 Prairie Pkwy SW, Wyoming, MI 49509, opens a new window

Thursday, March 19 from 6:00-7:30 PM
Godwin Heights High School, 50 35th St SW Wyoming, MI 49548, opens a new window

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