Jahkil, Tap Dancer, with Leslie Tryon at ALA in Chicago

Jan Spivey Gilchrist modeled The Thumbtack Dancer, Gus, after Jahkil. While at the American Library Association Conference and Exhibition in late June 2017, Leslie and Jahkil shared a tapping stage on the exhibition floor.

In honor of Ashley Bryan’s 94th birthday today, we wanted to note that this book is dedicated to him by Leslie and he can be heard performing the story by accessing the QRC on the back cover. Happy Birthday, Ashley Bryan!

Those in the Know

Gene Medler’s North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble (NCYTE) will delight their audiences this weekend in Durham. Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon will have them on stage at the Carolina Theatre. This dance troupe taps across this country and travels to dance on international stages. April 22 & 23, 2017 will have them close to us.
Gene Medler offered his thoughts on The Thumbtack Dancer and here they are!

Up and About at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta

Painter and Poet: The Wonderful World of Ashley Bryan

The wonderful thing is that Ashley was able to travel to Atlanta to enjoy this exhibit himself. This is a very recent photo taken at the museum. Below is the link to the exhibit. It will be there for awhile so visits can be planned. In June, The Dancing Granny will be performed.


Oh, and our own dancer at Alazar Press is Gus, The Thumbtack Dancer, our new title by Leslie Tryon and illustrated by Jan Spivey Gilchrist. Below is the link to hear Ashley perform Gus’ story in his very distinctive style. Ashley, a man of so many talents ready to lend his hand and his voice!