The Seattle Public Library presents an afternoon with Walter Dean Myers April 21 at Town Hall
The Seattle Public Library presents an afternoon with Walter Dean Myers from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 21 at Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave.
The program is free and open to the public. Tickets and reservations are not required. Parking is available in adjacent pay lots. Discounted parking is available in the main Convention Center garage, two blocks north of Town Hall, with voucher obtained from Town Hall staff. Doors will open at 1:15 p.m.
Myers will explain "Why Reading Is Not Optional," the theme of his term as National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. His literacy message is shaped by his own experiences as an African-American man who dropped out of high school, but then built a successful writing career, largely because of his lifelong devotion to reading.
Myers has written more than 100 critically acclaimed books for young people, including "Sunrise Over Fallujah," "Fallen Angels," "Monster," "Somewhere in the Darkness" and "Harlem." His awards include two Newbery Honor Awards and five Coretta Scott King Awards, as well as the first Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in young adult literature given by the American Library Association. Myers lives in New Jersey.
Myers was appointed the third National Ambassador for Young People's Literature in January by Librarian of Congress Dr. James Billington; Myer's term runs 2012-2013. He succeeds Katherine Paterson, best known for book "Bridge to Terabithia," and Jon Scieszka, author of "The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales."
This event is supported by The Seattle Public Library Foundation, author series Gary Kunis, and media sponsor The Seattle Times, and presented in partnership with The Elliott Bay Book Co. Books will be available for purchase and signing.
For more information, call the Library at 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian.
For more information contact:
Andra Addison, communications director
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