Walter Dean Myers: The Loss of an Inspired Man
Walter Dean Myers, a giant both in physical stature and in the world of children’s and YA literature, died on Tuesday, July 1st. Myers created Monster and Fallen Angels, among so many other highly regarded books, will be remembered for good stories that told the truth about growing up. He told it at he saw it and held nothing back.
Some years ago Myers came to UVA for the Highlights Children’s Literature conference and I had the good fortune of spending the day with him. Together we hunted through antique stores in search of old photographs of black children. He had already published a book of poetry illustrated with beautiful sepia-toned photographs but he kept searching for more. Walter was such a pleasure that day. I worried about what I would talk about but that became a problem. Conversation flowed. I feel so lucky to have met the man – the man who has inspired so many teens with his wide variety of books. He will be sorely missed.
Myers’ NY Times obituary can be found at:
Myers’ website is found at: