When floodwaters raced through Minot in 2011, they washed away many things – including thousands of books.
Micah Bloom, a new professor at Minot State University at that time, noticed the damaged books strewn about the flood zone – and started taking photos of them.
Then, he enlisted others to help him collect, identify, and catalog all those books in a project that became a film called Codex.
A multi-media art exhibit followed, and now has spawned a book – also called Codex.
Today, a book launch event was held with Bloom and UND professor Bill Caraher, who convinced Bloom to publish the book.
Caraher says the idea is to get the project as widely disseminated as possible.
(William Caraher, UND/The Digital Press) “Making sure that this got into as many people’s hands as possible because I think it is that spectacular. I think the story of the Minot flood in 2011 and the aftermath of the flood and the books – the fate of the books – is something that makes an event that happens in a city that people don’t think about very often, and if they do think about it they think oh yeah, wasn’t there a big flood there? But books people think about all the time.”