At-A-Site Theater presents a Summer Project Celebrating Birthdays of Dead Writers: Walter Dean Myers, August 12

AUGUST 12, 2014

WALTER DEAN MYERS (1931-2014) 


Location: New York City

4:30pm - 7:00pm

At the Bank Street Bookstore map link

(Please note:  The Reader may occasionally need to move to an alternative site because of weather or other onsite circumstances)


Passersby are invited to chose from a menu of selections by this American young adult and picture book author, who was nominated for the National Book Award 3 times, the Coretta Scott King Award 5 times, and was named National Ambassador for Young People's Literature (sort of the poet laureate of children's writing) in 2012. The selection will then be read to them.

More information about Walter Dean Myers can be found at Wikipedia, and at a website dedicated to his life and work. You can read his obituary in The New York Times here. And a 2012 New York Times interview here. Shortly before he died, he wrote a heartfelt editorial article in the The New York Times: "Where are the books for children of color?"


  Walter Dean Myers as a young boy “We’re suggesting that [kids are] missing something if they don’t read but, actually, we’re condemning kids to a lesser life. If you had a sick patient, you would not try to entice them to take their medicine. You would tell them, ‘Take this or you’re going to die.’ We need to tell kids flat out: reading is not optional.”




On the streets of the city
They have taken my Who-I-Am
As well as my What-I-Was
And now I am desperate for them both

                         from "Street Love"




 Celebrating Walter Dean Myers' birthday by reading his book Hoops

chosen by a passerby from the Menu of his works

in front of the Bank Street Bookstore, Upper West Side NYC

 August 12, 2014

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    It will be a great tribute to all the great legends of these books and the other writers who done wonders for all the young writers. It is a great step from your side because making some special projects for them will boost the young talent.
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