Young adult author Myers to speak
One of the most critically acclaimed writers of fiction for young people will be in Omaha on Dec. 10.
Walter Dean Myers, 76, is recognized for his young adult novels that look at the problems, challenges and pressures facing today’s teenagers in general, but especially young blacks.
His novels include “Harlem,” “Cruisers,” “Lockdown,” “Slam,” “Scorpions” and “Hoops.” He wrote a biography of Muhammad Ali, “The Greatest.” He also has collaborated with his son Christopher, a Caldecott Honor artist, on picture books for younger readers, such as “We Are America” and “Looking Like Me.”
“Invasion,” which was published in September, looks at the soldier experience, both black and white, during World War II.
Myers, who lives in New Jersey, was selected by the Library of Congress as the 2012-13 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, a position created “to raise national awareness of the importance of young people’s literature as it relates to lifelong literacy, education and the development and betterment of the lives of young people.”
His message in Omaha and other locations on the tour: “Reading is not optional.”
He will visit Omaha North High School and the Douglas County Youth Center before attending a 5:30 p.m. reception at Joslyn Art Museum’s Storz Fountain Court. Students will receive a free book during the reception.
Myers then will give a presentation, beginning about 6:30 p.m., in Witherspoon Concert Hall. The event is free and open to the public.
On the Calendar
Book discussion: I Should Have Read That in School classics group, “The Quiet American” by Graham Greene, 6:30 p.m. Monday, the Bookworm, 87th and Pacific Streets.
Book discussion: Not Just a Book Club, “Pinnacle Jake” by Nellie Snyder Yost, 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Museum of Nebraska Art, 2401 Center Ave., Kearney.
Book discussion: Art Discussion Group, “Turner: Life and Landscape” by Olivier Meslay, 1 p.m. Tuesday, the Bookworm.
Author presentation: Leo Adam Biga, author of “Alexander Payne: His Journey in Film,” 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Millard Library, 13214 Westwood Lane.
Lunch at the Library: Andrew Jewell, co-editor of “The Selected Letters of Willa Cather,” 12:10 p.m. Wednesday, Bennett Martin Public Library, 136 S. 14th St., Lincoln.
Workshops: Mentoring for high school writers, 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday; Nebraska Writers Workshop for poetry, script writing and fiction, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Baright Library in Ralston.
Book sales: Friends of the Omaha Public Library, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Swanson Library, 9101 West Dodge Road.
Workshop: WriteLife Writers’ Workshop, 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Pizza Shoppe Collective, 6056 Maple St.
Author presentation: Omaha Westerners host Paul Horsted, author-photographer of “Yellowstone Yesterday & Today,” 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sheraton Omaha Hotel, 655 N. 108th Ave.
Book discussion: Jane Austen Tea Society, “Heart of Darkness” by Joseph Conrad, 11:30 a.m. Friday, Our Specialtea, 1630 Washington St., Blair, Neb.
GET LIT: Brigit St. Brigit Theater actors give readings from several genres, 6:30 p.m. Friday, the Bookworm.
Workshop: Nebraska Novelists critique group, 7 p.m. Friday, Crossroads Barnes & Noble, 72nd and Dodge Streets.
Seminar: “How to Write Your Book” with Sandra Wendel and Lisa Pelto, 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Metropolitan Community College Elkhorn Valley Campus, 204th Street and West Dodge Road. ($29, register at www.mccneb.edu/ce or 402-457-5231)
Book discussion: U.S. Presidents Group, “The President Is a Sick Man” by Matthew Algeo, 10 a.m. Saturday, the Bookworm.
Book signing: Jay Slagle, author of “Jack and Noah’s Big Day,” noon-2 p.m. Saturday, the Bookworm.
Book signing: CaSondra Poulsen, author of “Finding Home: Brian’s Journey,” 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Lancaster Events Center, 84th Street and Havelock Avenue, Lincoln.
Book signing: Carol Bicak, Chris Machian and Kent Sievers, “The Littlest Lion,” noon-2 p.m. Saturday, Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium. (free with zoo admission)
Book signings: Steve Pivovar, “Road to the Big Time,” 10 a.m. Saturday; Dennis Zongkers, “Wooden Boxes: Skill Building Techniques for Seven Unique Projects,” 1 p.m. Saturday; Aledia Kartchner, “Inside Out,” 1 p.m. Saturday; Bruce Arant, “Simpson’s Sheep Won’t Go to Sleep,” 3 p.m. Saturday; Carol Bicak, Chris Machian and Kent Sievers, “The Littlest Lion,” 3 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 3333 Oakview Drive.
Story time: Brigit St. Brigit’s Scott Kurz reads from children’s books, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, the Bookworm.
Book signing: Patrick Drickey, author of “Green Glory: A Visual Tribute to the Courses of the Majors, Golf’s Renowned Venues,” 1 p.m. Saturday, the Bookworm.
Books and Bagels: “A Christmas Memory” by Truman Capote, 11 a.m. Dec. 8, the Bookworm. (Let the store know you are coming ahead of time.)
— Events are open to the public, and free unless otherwise noted.