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Award-Winning Children's Author Ashley Bryan Featured at Famly Series, Black, White & Read All Over

Contact: Susan Corbett
Phone: 412.622.8866
Fax: 412.688.8617

For Immediate Release

February 20, 2006 . . . Internationally acclaimed children's author and illustrator Ashley Bryan has spent his career bringing African and Caribbean culture to life through folktales, spirituals, visual art, and performance. Bryan will appear on Saturday, March 4, at 10:30 a.m. at Carnegie Library Lecture Hall in Oakland as part of Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures and Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's family reading series, Black, White & Read All Over. The author of more than thirty books, Bryan is also a renowned performer, captivating adults and children with his dramatic storytelling voice and rhythmic body movements.

Bryan grew up in Harlem and served in France during World War II. Returning to the United States, he was educated at The Cooper Union art school and Columbia University, then returned to Europe on a Fullbright scholarship. Bryan has twice won the Coretta Scott King Award, for Beat the Story Drum, Pum-Pum and Beautiful Blackbird, as well as six other Coretta Scott King Honor Awards and a Parents' Choice Award, for Sing to the Sun. After many years teaching art at Dartmouth College, Bryan now travels all over the world, bringing African culture to audiences through storytelling and poetry presentations. When not traveling, Bryan lives on an island off the coast of Maine, where he makes life-sized puppets and stained-glass pieces from bits of wood and glass he finds on the beach, collects toys, and continues to write and illustrate children's books.

Now in its fifth season, Black, White & Read All Over encourages children to read and promotes family literacy. For information and tickets call (412) 622-8866. Tickets $7 each. Discounted tickets for groups are available. Black, White & Read All Over is presented by Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures, and is sponsored by The Grable Foundation, Dominion Foundation, and Mary Hillman Jennings Foundation, Ralph Munn Endowment, and UPMC Health Plan.

Other children's authors and illustrators featured this spring in Black, White & Read All Over include:

Patricia Polacco
March 25, 2006

Patricia Polacco inherited a natural storytelling voice from both sides of her family. One of America's most-beloved picture book creators, the author and illustrator transforms childhood memories and elements of her Ukrainian, Russian, Jewish and Irish heritage into warm and poignant stories. Many of Polacco's books, such as The Keeping Quilt and Pink and Say, feature characters of different races, religions, and age groups, celebrating both diversity and universality.

Megan McDonald
April 22, 2006

Megan McDonald uses her experiences as a park ranger, museum guide, and librarian to tell stories to children in picture books, beginning readers and novels. The Pittsburgh-native writer is best known as the creator of the wildly successful Judy Moody chapter books including Judy Moody Gets Famous! and Judy Moody Saves the World. Adventures of the feisty third-grader are popular with both boys and girls and have inspired a second series about Judy's pesky brother, Stink.