Jen Bryant Books ;
Feed Your Mind: A Story of August Wilson
written by Jen Bryant
illustrated by Cannaday Chapman
Abrams Books for Young Readers, November 12, 2019
ISBN 978-1-4197-3653-7, hardcover $17.99
A celebration of August Wilson’s journey from a child in Pittsburgh to one of America’s greatest playwrights

“I don’t write for black people or white people;
I write about the black experience in America.
And contained within that experience,
because it is a human experience,
are all the universalities.”

August Wilson

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 the 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.
Honors and Recognition
Junior Library Guild selection
National Book Festival choice for Pennsylvania
Society of Illustrators 2019 Original Art Exhibition
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Read Jen’s interview with actor Melanye Finister
From PBS' American Masters,
“August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand”:
Read about the Obamas going to an August Wilson play!
Michelle Obama and President Barak Obama on their way to an August Wilson play
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