Happy Wednesday! I planned on doing this blog a couple of days ago, but we all know that as with life...the best laid plans fall aside. However, I have the opportunity now to tell you about an artist/author/storyteller (because he can tell a very entertaining story)/and an all around good guy.
|Don working the room...|
His name is Don Tate and his book 'The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton' has been selling out wherever he visits. It is about a remarkable man who became the first African-American author to be published in the South. George taught himself to read at a young age, and even though he was a slave, his thirst for learning was not to be hindered. There is alot to learn about the incredible man who made his mark here in North Carolina/UNC. I suggest you read up on him. You WILL NOT regret it!
Now, back to Don. I got the chance to meet him and his wonderful wife Tamera at the Chapel Hill Library last Saturday. I was going to try to periscope the event, but alas that was not meant to be. In a way I am glad because it gave me the opportuniy to be in the moment and truly hear Don's story.
In the end I could not help but be in awe of his talent. He shared some renderings he did at various ages. I firmly believe that an artist should be told that you appreciate their work. So Don, if you are reading this (and I hope you are) please know that seeing the portraits you did earlier in your life showed that even at that time art is WHAT YOU ARE MEANT TO BE DOING! There was a little bit of everything. He has illustrated over 50 books. Don has also won several awards which include The Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Honor and the Booklist Editors Choice in 2012. Yet the Horton book is the first in which he not only did the illustration but also wrote! Taking on this additional responsibilty suits him well, and the love being shown for this book and his artistry proves that others recognize and embrace it.
|A pic of the book from his presentation.|
To top things off he shared the fact that he won two trophies for a body building competiton he entered. Getting the feeling that he can do whatever he set his mind to! The future is bright and he is an author/artist to follow and embrace. I plan to keep an eye out for his upcoming works I believe his next book will be out in about 3 years. Our family has a copy of Horton via my mother-in-law. Support him any way you can. That is what a community of like-mided individuals should do.
So, pop onto facebook (www.facebook.com/DonTate) and start to follow his travels promoting the book. Also, find out when he is coming to your neck of the woods. You will not regret it!
Til next time,