Posts Tagged ‘Pennsylvania’

Imagine

Posted on June 6th, 2013 by by Jen Bryant

Imagine you’re a veteran of the terrible trench warfare of WWI, a steel plate serving as your shoulder joint after you were shot by a German sniper. Back home in Pennsylvania, suffering from PTSD, you somehow manage to return to your childhood love of drawing and painting. You and your wife live on your meager […]

A Long Journey Back

Posted on February 4th, 2013 by by Jen Bryant

In celebration of Black History Month, Melissa Sweet and I will be adding art images, quotes, and anecdotes from and about the life and art of West Chester artist Horace Pippin, the subject of our picture book A Splash of Red. Today, I begin with his first oil painting, The End of War, Starting Home, which took […]

Another great man

Posted on January 23rd, 2013 by by Jen Bryant

This week is special for many reasons, as we honor and remember the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr., celebrate the second presidential inauguration of Barack Obama, and look ahead to Black History Month in February. To continue this theme, here’s a short, excellent video clip narrated by a Philadelphia school student, in […]

New book now available!

Posted on January 8th, 2013 by by Jen Bryant

Who was Horace Pippin? Watch this short video … Order A Splash of Red from Indiebound. Order from Amazon.com. Order from Random House. Download the free Discussion Guide. Learn more about the book and Horace Pippin here and here.

Paris in the Desert

Posted on December 11th, 2012 by by Jen Bryant

Quite a place, Las Vegas! Have you ever been there? I had not … and it exceeded my expectations for drama, scale, and a just plain off-the-charts sensory experience. The annual NCTE conference was held at the MGM Grand Hotel, one of the many hotels on the Strip that seemed (to me anyway) large enough to warrant its […]

For the Veterans

Posted on November 12th, 2012 by by Jen Bryant

This week we recognize and remember our more than twenty million American veterans. Our geographical good fortune (i.e., to be situated between two oceans, Canada and Mexico) sometimes makes it easier for us as American citizens to forget that our current freedoms have come at a human cost and require our constant vigilance. The forthcoming […]

Starred review!!

Posted on October 9th, 2012 by by Jen Bryant

Sometimes I write, sometimes I dance (mostly in my office when I finish a revision.)  This week, I am dancing because A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin received a starred review in Booklist. The review itself does an excellent job of summarizing Pippin’s difficult but inspiring life, as well as giving […]

The State of Things …

Posted on October 2nd, 2012 by by Jen Bryant

I grew up in New Jersey, but for most of my adult life, Pennsylvania has been my home. This week I’m delighted to attend the Pennsylvania Library Association Annual Conference in Gettysburg (which also happens to be the location of my alma mater, Gettysburg College.  Most people who live outside the state know Pennsylvania for its […]

We were spoiled!

Posted on June 26th, 2012 by by Jen Bryant

We celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary by returning to the site of our first date: the Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford, PA. When we arrived at Andrew Wyeth’s home for the new studio tour, the museum staff spoiled us with flowers, a card and gift bag. Wow. This has always been a special place […]

 

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