3 Communities 2 Books 1 Art Exhibit

images (3)In partnership, the Fargo Public Library, Moorhead Public Library, West Fargo Public Library, and Plains Art Museum are launching the Three Communities, Two Books, One Art Exhibit (3.2.1) project starting Thursday, May 9. All area residents are encouraged to unite in reading either, or both, of the featured novels – Herman Melville’s classic Moby-Dick and Sena Jeter Naslund’s novel Ahab’s Wife. In September, as part of this community read and art project, Plains Art Museum presents the exhibit T.L. Solien: Toward the Setting Sun, featuring new works inspired by these two remarkable novels.

Since it was first published in 1851, Melville’s story of Captain Ahab’s self-destructive obsession has inspired all types of artists with its morality tale about the consequences of blind obsession. Solien’s artwork is inspired by both Melville’s and Naslund’s tales, along with the history of the settlement of the American West, including the settlement of our region.

321guide (1).inddCopies of both novels are available at each area public library location and for purchase at the Plains Art Museum. For a complete list of Three Communities, Two Books, One Art Exhibit (3.2.1) related events and resources, visit any participating public library, Plains Art Museum, or www.321fm.org.

Ahab's WifeAlong with reading the two novels, readers are encouraged to participate in related events at participating libraries and the Museum during this project. Events include themed book discussions at all three libraries and the Museum over the summer, movie screenings, children’s storytime and arts events, an author visit in mid-October from Sena Jeter Naslund, and many other engaging programs.

This project is generously supported by the Friends of the Fargo Public Library, the Friends of the West Fargo Public Library, Plains Art Museum, North Dakota Humanities Council, North Dakota State University, and the Red River Valley Writing Project.