On this edition of StudioTulsa, we speak with Alton Carter, an Oklahoma Book Award-winning author whose memoir, "The Boy Who Carried Bricks," was originally published in 2015. It's a painful-to-read yet ultimately uplifting autobiography that details Carter's growing up in smalltown Oklahoma. Carter will be participating in the upcoming "Chapters" event at the TCCL's Hardesty Regional Library, on September 8th at 6:30pm; this event is a fundraiser in support of adult literacy programs, and the deadline to register for it is September 1st. (More on this event -- including how to register -- can be found at this link.) Carter, as he tells us on today's show, is a former foster child who now works as Director of Youth Ministries for the First United Methodist Church of Stillwater, Oklahoma. His book is a reflection on how he not only survived his especially difficult childhood, but how he eventually came to rise above it and thrive both personally and professionally.