Thursday, August 29, 2013

Moby Dick Takes Over Los Angeles

Moby Dick Whale Brooch. From houseofismay on Etsy.

September may be the perfect time for Angelenos to rediscover (or newly uncover) Herman Melville's Moby Dick.  The Library Foundation of Los Angeles (LFLA) and the Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL) is leading Whatever Happened to Moby Dick?, a month-long and city-wide adventure through the literary landscape of Melville's classic novel and how the book might relate to people in Southern California today.

Events will take place at [ALOUD] at Central Library, the Hammer Museum, and at multiple LAPL branches throughout the city of Los Angeles, culminating in a closing event at The Broad Stage on October 5th. Events include films and documentaries inspired by Moby Dick, arts and crafts, book discussions, and thematic discussions/lectures.  LFLA offers a full list of Whatever Happened to Moby Dick? events on their website.

In addition to these events, a fun challenge is being offered with the Moby Dick Twitter Contest: Can you summarize a 600-page book in 140-characters?  Participants enter their tweets for a chance to win a one-of-a-kind Moby Dick prize pack from the award-winning Library Store, a custom limited edition Moby Dick poster by artist Shepard Fairey, and a chance to have your tweet featured in “My Moby Dick” at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica on October 5th.  Entries will be judged by a panel of literary luminaries  With a prize pack like that, we're sure you can come up with something amazing! 

We're looking forward to this literary adventure and hope you'll dive right in too!

-Charity Tran, ExperienceLA Editor

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