Friday, March 4, 2011
Walter Dean Myers: An Appreciation
Walter Dean Myers, 73, a hero to young readers. (Tacoma News Tribune, 3/4/2011)
Excerpt: Myers, 73, has written dozens of novels, plays and biographies. He has received three National Book Award nominations and won many prizes, including a lifetime achievement honor from the American Library Association and five Coretta Scott King awards for African-American fiction. He is also the most engaged of writers, spending hours with young people at schools, libraries and prisons, giving talks and advice on life and work, his own rise from high-school dropout to best-selling author, a story that translates across generations.