Tuesday on the NewsHour: Walter Dean Myers
Myers is author of more than 100 novels, biographies and other books for young adults and children (some of the later illustrated by his son, Christopher). His works frequently focus on the gritty side of city life, one that he's lived and still knows from visits to detention centers and prisons, as well as schools around the country.
A new book, "Just Write: Here's How," tells of Myers' own troubles in and out of school, how reading and writing saved him, and how they can help others, too. His mantra, he says: "Reading is not optional."
This spring, Myers published his latest novel, "All the Right Stuff." Set in Harlem, it tells the story of a young man trying to find direction in his life. We'll post Tuesday's piece from the program here later Tuesday evening.
In the meantime, watch this profile of Myers produced by WETA's Reading Rockets: