I spent a glorious morning at the Chapel Hill Public Library on Saturday where beloved illustrator Don Tate spoke to a packed room of children and adults about his most recent book and the first he’s written, “The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton” (Peachtree, ages 6 and up).
He gave a flurry of presentations in North Carolina celebrating an incredible poet who was born in Chatham County, NC. At the CHPL books sold out, friends and fans reconnected, and conversations were warming. Today I finished my annual gift book for Novelist and got to write about this amazing leader and the amazing man who has honored him.
Long-time illustrator Tate proves his excellence in writing with imagery and verbs that sing. These serve as a proper tribute Horton, who was born enslaved and taught himself how to read and compose poetry so that line “words loosened the chains of bondage long before his last day as a slave.” Tate’s telling pack an emotional punch that befits Horton’s powerful poetry.