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Lexie Bean: The Ship We Built (in conversation with Laurie Halse Anderson)

The Ivy is thrilled to welcome debut author Lexie Bean, whose middle grade novel (that’s secretly also for adults) The Ship We Built was published by Dial Books for Young Readers in May. Tender and wise, The Ship We Built is about the bravery it takes to stand up for yourself–even to those you love–and the power of finding someone who treasures you for everything you are. They will be in conversation with New York Times bestselling author Laurie Halse Anderson.

Click here to view a recording of this event! *note: this recording begins after the reading portion of the event*

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Sometimes I have trouble filling out tests when the name part feels like a test too. . . . When I write letters, I love that you have to read all of my thoughts and stories before I say any name at all. You have to make it to the very end to know.

Rowan has too many secrets to write down in the pages of a diary. And if he did, he wouldn't want anyone he knows to read them. He understands who he is and what he likes, but it's not safe for others to find out. Now the kids at school say Rowan's too different to spend time with. He's not the "right kind" of girl, and he's not the "right kind" of boy. His mom ignores him. And at night, his dad hurts him in ways he's not ready to talk about yet. But Rowan discovers another way to share his secrets: letters. Letters he attaches to balloons and releases into the universe, hoping someone new will read them and understand. But when he befriends a classmate who knows what it's like to be lonely and scared, even at home, Rowan realizes that there might already be a person he can trust right by his side.

Though this virtual event is free to attend, we are encouraging donations to Survived and Punished (survivedandpunished.org), a national coalition that includes survivors, organizers, victim advocates, legal advocates and attorneys, policy experts, scholars, and currently and formerly incarcerated people, working to decriminalize efforts to survive domestic and sexual violence, support and free criminalized survivors, and abolish gender violence, policing, prisons, and deportations.

Lexie Bean is a queer and trans multimedia artist from the Midwest whose work revolves around themes of bodies, homes, cyclical violence and LGBTQIA+ identity. Lexie is a Lambda Literary Award Finalist, and is passionate about creating honest and complex trans narratives that “transition and grow” alongside them. Their writing has been featured in Teen Vogue, Huffington Post, The Feminist Wire, Ms. Magazine, Them, Logo’s New Now Next, Bust Magazine, Autostraddle, and more. The Ship We Built is their debut novel, and was supported with residencies at the Sundress Academy, Paragraph New York and the Santa Cruz Bookshop.

Laurie Halse Anderson is a New York Times bestselling author known for tackling tough subjects with humor and sensitivity. Two of her books, Speak and Chains, were National Book Award finalists, and Chains was also shortlisted for the United Kingdom's Carnegie medal. Laurie was selected by the American Library Association for the Margaret A. Edwards Award for her significant contribution to young adult literature. She has also been honored for her battles for intellectual freedom by the National Coalition Against Censorship and the National Council of Teachers of English. She is a member of RAINN's National Leadership Council and frequently speaks about sexual violence. Laurie visited The Ivy in July to discuss her latest, Tempest Tossed, a graphic novel about Wonder Woman (click here to view the recording). 






Event Details

Wednesday, September 16, 2020 - 6:30pm



by Dr. Radut