TITLE: National Ambassador for Young People's Literature Announcement Ceremony: Walter Dean Myers
SPEAKER: Walter Dean Myers
EVENT DATE: 01/10/2012
FORMAT: Video + Captions
RUNNING TIME: 47 minutes
TRANSCRIPT: View Transcript (link will open in a new window)
Walter Dean Myers, five-time winner of the Coretta Scott King Award and two Newbery Honors, was inaugurated as National Ambassador for Young People's Literature by Librarian of Congress James H. Billington. The previous two ambassadors, Katherine Paterson and Jon Scieszka, were also on hand for the event.
Speaker Biography: Walter Dean Myers is a critically acclaimed author of books for young people. His award-winning body of work includes "Sunrise Over Fallujah," "Fallen Angels," "Monster," "Somewhere in the Darkness" and "Harlem." Myers has received two Newbery Honor Awards and five Coretta Scott King Awards. He is the winner of the first Michael L. Printz Award (for excellence in young adult literature, given by the American Library Association) as well as the first recipient of Kent State University's Virginia Hamilton Literary Award for Lifetime Achievement. In 2008, he won the May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture Award. He is considered one of the preeminent writers for young people.