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Author/artist of "Moby Dick in Pictures" Matt Kish will talk about his take on Herman Melville's classic American novel at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 21 in the Leslie F. Malpass Library Garden Lounge.


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A drawing from Matt Kish's work, "Moby Dick in Pictures." Kish's project started out as a "personal fascination, and then "grew into a blog and a nationally published art book." Kish's blog is available at http://everypageofmobydick.blogspot.com.

"Moby Dick in Pictures" Author Talk March 21 in Malpass Library

March 12, 2013


MACOMB, IL – An author/artist who has updated one of the most popular American novels of all time will be on the Western Illinois University Macomb campus next week to discuss his book, "Moby Dick in Pictures." Matt Kish will talk about his take on Herman Melville's "Moby Dick" at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 21 in the Leslie F. Malpass Library Garden Lounge.

Kish, a librarian and self-taught artist from Ohio, said he has had a love of "Moby Dick" since childhood. On a whim, he decided to create one illustration per page, per day, of the Melville novel until he completed one drawing for every page of the classic work.

"What started out as a personal fascination grew into a blog and a nationally published art book. Really, I just wanted to make a version of 'Moby Dick' that looks like how I see it," he explained. (Kish's blog can be found at http://everypageofmobydick.blogspot.com.)

During the March 21 discussion, Kish will talk about how this project began, where this work has led him and how the journey has changed him. He will also share examples of his favorite images.

"We look forward to having Matt join us to discuss his book. His unique interpretation of a classic American novel is sure to be an entertaining evening for all who attend," noted Western Illinois University Libraries Dean Phyllis Self.

Kish's discussion is open free to the public and is part of University Libraries' "Art and Self Perception" event series. For more information, contact the University Libraries' administration office at (309) 298-2762.

Posted By: WIU News, University Relations
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