“He never said anything good about my writing.”

Walter Dean Myers grew up in Harlem, the son of a janitor. Today, he’s the author of nearly 100 books that are very popular with teenagers.

Growing up, there was always one person Myers struggled to impress with his writing — his father, Herbert Dean.

Here he talks about his father with his own son Christopher.

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Walter and his son Christopher work on books together — as writer and illustrator.

Recorded in Brooklyn, New York

To read more about Walter Dean Myers, visit his website.

Walter and his son Chris most recently collaborated on a book entitled We are America.

Produced by Katie Simon
Facilitated by Matt Herman
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