Walter Dean Myers died on Tuesday at the age of 76 after a brief illness. Author of more than 100 books including Monster and Lockdown, Myers was a three-time National Book Award nominee, the recipient of two Newbery Honors, a five-time winner of the Coretta Scott King Award, and “the rare author to have a wide following among middle-school boys.” In 2011, EPL’s Jarrett Dapier talked with Myers for In These Times magazine. In the fascinating interview, the legendary YA writer candidly discussed “the debt he owes to James Baldwin” along with the importance of mentoring teens. He will truly be missed.
Young Adult Realism
EPL’s own Jarrett Dapier talks with author Walter Dean Myers in this fascinating interview for In These Times. The legendary YA writer candidly discusses “the debt he owes to James Baldwin” along with the importance of mentoring teens.
The Stockholm Syndrome Theory of Long Novels
Mark O’Connell examines his newfound love of doorstop-sized novels in this amusing Millions essay. Though novels like Ulysses and Gravity’s Rainbow can punish us with their difficulty and length, he says conquering them is like “climbing Everest for people who prefer not to leave the house.”
One Book, One Twitter
The Atlantic announces the debut of their Twitter-based book group 1book140. Modeled after “One Book, One Chicago,” the global discussion group kicked things off this month with Margaret Atwood’s The Blind Assassin and invites you to share in the reading and tweeting, reading and tweeting.