On April 3, 2014, over 120 educators and school librarians attended the conference To Light the World: Stories of Hope and Courage for Challenging Times. Mary Ann Cappiello moderated an author's panel featuring Susan Campbell Bartoletti, Walter Dean Myers, and Doreen Rappaport. In addition to workshop sessions, participants had the opportunity to meet with one of the authors.

Walter Dean Myers by Matthew GriffingRemembering a Great Author and Teacher

Walter Dean Myers (1937 - 2014) was a celebrated author of fiction, nonfiction and poetry for young people, and a five-time winner of the Coretta Scott King Award for books such as Fallen Angels and Slam! He was a featured speaker at the JFK Library's annual conference for elementary and middle school teachers in 2009 and again in 2014.

Meet the Author

Listen to an excerpt for Myers's "Meet the Author" talk, in which he discusses how he gets inspiration for his books, and how he writes them, here.