Maine 201 Book Club: Ashley Bryan


Ashley Bryan: Words to My Life's Song & Infinite Hope: A Black Artist's Journey from World War II to Peace by Ashley Bryan

From 6.30 pm until 7.30 pm

Ashley Bryan left behind a brilliant collection of works showcasing his art and narrating his life in his own words. We are fortunate to join him on his many different journeys from a young GI fighting in a segregated army to a veteran artist with an undying curiosity inspired by life on a Maine island. Written for a younger audience, there are enough in the pages of the two selected autobiographies for readers of all ages.

The book club discussion is on Monday, July 26 from 6:30pm to 7:30pm on Zoom. All readers welcome!

Ashley Bryan: Words to My Life’s Song by Ashley Bryan

Ashley’s autobiography is full of art, photographs, and the poignant never-say-never tale of his rich life, a life that has always included drawing and painting. His story is powerful, bursting with his creative energy, and a testament to believing in oneself. It’s a book every child in America should have access to and it does what the very best autobiographies do; it inspires!

Infinite Hope: A Black Artist’s Journey from World War II to Peace by Ashley Bryan

In May of 1942, at the age of eighteen, Ashley Bryan was drafted to fight in World War II. For the next three years, he would face the horrors of war as a black soldier in a segregated army. Filled with never-before-seen artwork and handwritten letters and diary entries, this illuminating and moving memoir by Newbery Honor–winning illustrator Ashley Bryan is both a lesson in history and a testament to hope.

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