It's hard to find all the words that fit Ashley Bryan: he writes, collects folklore, sings, teaches and recites. Bryan speaks with Dick about the Harlem Renaissance, Black American spirituals and the power of voice. [See more photos of Ashley's work here.]
Sixty-nine years ago this week, children's book author and artist Ashley Bryan was in a segregated Army unit, waiting off-shore for D-Day to begin. He and other African-American soldiers in his unit were responsible for bringing supplies onto the beaches. He kept a sketchbook in his gas mask and drew when he could. "It kept me connected to my humanity," he says.
Quentin Rowan's spy novel, Assassin of Secrets, debuted to critical acclaim last November. Soon after, Google-savvy readers began to realize that Rowan had stolen nearly every word from other spy novels.