Author Talk with A. Kendra Greene: "The Museum of Whales You Will Never See"
Join Arlington Public Library to celebrate travel writing.
A. Kendra Greene, author of "The Museum of Whales You Will Never See", will join us for a Zoom discussion of her book. Mythic creatures, natural wonders, and the mysterious human impulse to collect are on beguiling display in this poetic tribute to the museums of an otherworldly island nation.
This event will be held via Zoom. Instructions to join the Zoom meeting will be emailed to all registrants.
Iceland is home to only 330,000 people (roughly the population of Lexington, Kentucky) but more than 265 museums and public collections–nearly one for every thousand people. They range from the intensely physical, like the Icelandic Phallological Museum, which collects the penises of every mammal known to exist in Iceland, to the vaporously metaphysical, like the Museum of Icelandic Sorcery and Witchcraft, which poses a particularly Icelandic problem: How to display what can’t be seen? In "The Museum of Whales You Will Never See", A. Kendra Greene is our wise and whimsical guide through this cabinet of curiosities, showing us, in dreamlike anecdotes and more than thirty charming illustrations, how a seemingly random assortment of objects–a stuffed whooper swan, a rubber boot, a shard of obsidian, a chastity belt for rams–can map a people’s past and future, their fears and obsessions. “The world is chockablock with untold wonders,” she writes, “there for the taking, ready to be uncovered at any moment, if only we keep our eyes open.”
You don't have to read the book to join, but it is encouraged.
This book talk is presented as part of the Escapism Book Club series.