Feed Your Mind: A Story of August Wilson

Jen Bryant, Cannaday Chapman


A celebration of August Wilson’s journey from a child in Pittsburgh to one of America’s greatest playwrights

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 in the pantry, 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.

Creator Bio

Jen Bryant is the author of the Caldecott Honor-winning picture book River of Words and many other picture books for children. Cannaday Chapman is an illustrator whose work has been featured in the New York Times and on the cover of The New Yorker. Feed Your Mind is his first picture book.

Price £13.99
Format Hardback
Publication Date 12 November 2019
Pages 48
Height 267mm
Width 216mm
Illustrations full-colour illustrations throughout
Rights Europe, Africa, Middle East
ISBN-13 9781419736537