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Ashley Bryan Archive Celebration

and Philadelphia Book Launch for Infinite Hope
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Cover of Ashley Bryan's autobiography Infinite hope featureing a black and white photograph of him as a young soldier in WWII with a line sketch of a soldier overlayed in yellow. And the cover of Vibrant Wonders featuring Ashley Bryan's color paper collage of a hand with a swirling sun motif

December 5, 2019, 5-8pm

This has been an amazing year for renowned artist, author, and humanitarian Ashley Bryan, who has published two new books this year, Blooming Beneath the Sun, this past spring, and his World War II memoir, Infinite Hope, in October. It has also been an exciting year for the Penn Libraries and the Ashley Bryan Center, with the arrival of Ashley’s archive in the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts. To celebrate the Archive’s new home at Penn and launch the new memoir in Philadelphia, we are holding this special event.

The program will include Ashley Bryan, who will join us for the evening. Other speakers include Dan Lief, of the Ashley Bryan Center Board of Directors, who will speak on the coming of the Archive to Penn; Nick Clark, Founding Executive Director of the Ashley Bryan Center, who will interview Ashley; and Ashley’s editor at Simon & Schuster, Caitlyn Dlouhy, who will speak on the making of Infinite Hope.

In addition to the program and a reception, there will be the following:

  • Special pop-up exhibit highlighting original works used in creating Infinite Hope and artwork from the Archive in the historic Lea Library
  • Signed copies of Infinite Hope and and copies of the new 2020 Kislak Center calendar, Vibrant Wonders: A Year Celebrating the Illustration of Ashley Bryan, will be available for sale. Pre-orders of the calendar for pick-up on December 5th may be made through the event registration site.

Registration for this event is appreciated.

5-8 pm   Special pop-up exhibit highlighting original works used in creating Infinite Hope and artwork from the Archive in the historic Lea Library

5-8 pm   Signed copies of Infinite Hope (and other Ashley Bryan books, including Blooming Beneath the Sun and Freedom Over Me), available for sale

5-8 pm   2020 Penn Libraries calendar, Vibrant Wonders: A Year Celebrating the Illustration of Ashley Bryan, available for sale.

6-7 pm   Program

Welcome: Will Noel, Associate Vice Provost for Special Collections & External Strategic Partnerships
Dan Lief , Ashley Bryan Center Board of Directors
Caitlin Dlouhy, Vice President & Editorial Director–Caitlyn Dlouhy Books, Simon and Schuster
Nick Clark, Founding Executive Director of Ashley Bryan Center, to interview Ashley Bryan
Ashley Bryan, to read passages from Infinite Hope
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7-8 pm   Reception (exhibit open, books and calendars for sale)

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