Peter the Slug – Rewritten in Arabic and Nepali
Friday, March 24th
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota
3911 20th Avenue S
Fargo, ND 58103
Back in 2015, local author Peter Schultz self-published a children’s book entitled Peter the Slug and the Great Forest Race through Silver Goat Media. His friend and colleague Ann Solyst, who specializes in chalk pastels and oil painting, provided the illustrations. A videography company called Grassfire Studios even produced a short YouTube film adaptation.
Peter the Slug has been translated into several languages, and this Friday, Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota will host a reading of the Arabic and Nepali versions of the book. This event, sponsored by Thrivent Financial, Bell Bank, and the Creative Plains Foundation, will be free and open to the public.
The book is a fable of perseverance and initiative. The protagonist, Peter, wishes to take part in the Great Forest Race, despite being told repeatedly that “Slugs always finish last.” On the day of the race, Peter finds a way to transcend his physical limitations and prove everybody wrong.
Peter the Slug is notable for being an entirely Fargo-made product, created and promoted by collaborating local artists. This sense of community and passion for storytelling factored into Schultz’s decision to self-publish.
“We got some of the best designers around, and some fantastic copyeditors,” Schultz has said. “All we care about is working with awesome people who have stories to tell. I think that’s what it should be about. Publishers don’t see it like that… What they see is, ‘How can I make money off this?’ and that’s the end of it.”
– Särah Nour