August Wilson (1945–2005) was a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright who had a particular talent for capturing the authentic, everyday voice of Black Americans. As a child, he read off soup cans and cereal boxes, and when his mother brought him to the library, his whole world opened up. After facing intense prejudice at school from both students and some teachers, August dropped out. However, he continued reading and educating himself independently. He felt that if he could read about it, then he could teach himself anything and accomplish anything. Like many of his plays, Feed Your Mind is told in two acts, revealing how Wilson grew up to be one of the most influential American playwrights. The book includes an author’s note, a timeline of August Wilson’s life, a list of Wilson’s plays, and a bibliography.
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"Bryant’s poetic descriptions effectively chronicle Wilson’s artistic journey. . . This empathetic and informative study of August Wilson’s early years explores the complexities of the black experience in America. A book that will resonate not only with bookworms and fans of the playwright but with black children wishing to see themselves reflected in the world around them."
— School Library Journal
"Wilson’s passion for words and attention to the world around him emerge in Bryant’s lyrical telling."
— Publishers Weekly
"Chapman’s mixed-media illustrations are sophisticated and engrossing, packed with visual metaphors. . . reading aloud for pure pleasure would be a meaningful tribute to Wilson’s legacy."
— Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
— Kirkus Reviews
— Horn Book Magazine