Season 2, Episode 4: Ghost River (Weshoyot Alvitre & Dr. Lee Francis IV)

To celebrate the publication of the Library Company of Philadelphia’s first graphic novel, Ghost River: The Fall and Rise of the Conestoga, editor Dr. Will Fenton invited the artist, Weshoyot Alvitre, and the author, Dr. Lee Francis IV, onto Talking in the Library to discuss the collaborative process that enabled the volume. Weshoyot Alvitre is the illustrator of numerous award-winning comics, graphic novels, and even videogames. Dr. Lee Francis IV is the founder of Indigenous Comic Con and the owner of Red Planet Books & Comics, the premier publisher for Native American comics and popular art.

Listeners can explore the entire graphic novel at or visit the exhibition at the Library Company of Philadelphia until April 10, 2020 to see the original artwork, watch a behind-the-scenes documentary, or pick up a first edition of the graphic novel.

Two-page spread of Turtle Island from the book Ghost River: The Fall and Rise of the Conestoga

Weshoyot Alvitre, Lenape Origin Story. Philadelphia, 2019.

Talking in the Library will serve as an audio platform for researchers to share the incredible work they’re pursuing using the rich collections at the Library Company of Philadelphia.

Talking in the Library is hosted by Will Fenton, the Director of Scholarly Innovation, and produced by Ann McShane, the Digital Collections Archivist at the Library Company of Philadelphia.

Logo design by Nicole Graham. Theme music by Krestovsky (“Terrible Art”).

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