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Call me Ishmael …

The public library in Provincetown, the tiny tourist town at the tip of Massachusetts’ Cape Cod, is hosting its “first annual” Moby-Dick Marathon beginning April 22.

While similar three-day marathon readings of Herman Melville’s maritime masterpiece are held annually in New Bedford, Massachusetts, Mystic, Connecticut, and New York City, the P-Town reading will be augmented by original images by local artist Justine Ives. In preparation for the event, the library commissioned Ives, a Provincetown resident, to create a series of eight pieces inspired by Melville’s classic novel.

“Justine’s vigorous work is a visual tribute to the hearty souls who embodied the whaling industry while adding to the canon of illustrations that depict it,” says library trustee Stephen Borkowski. Ives is a professional book designer. Her full portfolio is available at