Author and illustrator Ashley Bryan was recently in town and was the honored guest at the 40th Anniversary Celebration of the Coretta Scott King Awards at Oakland University. He is one of our favorite artists and we were very pleased when the director of Oakland University’s children’s literature program, Linda Pavonetti and her husband James brought Ashley to the Book Beat. We are lucky to now have available signed copies of his latest autobiography, Ashley Bryan: Words to My Life’s Song and several of his backlist books. If you are interested, please call the store or stop in soon.
“Ashley Bryan was born in a rough section of New York City in 1923, one of six children born to West Indian immigrants from Antigua. His early love of drawing, painting, and creating handmade books was encouraged by family, friends, and school teachers.” A more complete biography is available at the Children’s Library at the University of Southern Mississippi