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17th Annual Moby Dick Marathon

Annual Moby Dick Marathon
Friday, January 4, 2013 to Sunday, January 6, 2013

Every January, the world’s largest whaling museum marks the anniversary of Herman Melville’s 1841 whaling voyage from New Bedford with a 25-hour nonstop reading of Melville's novel, Moby Dick. The weekend includes three days of activities, including a ticketed buffet dinner and lecture on Friday evening.

A midwinter tradition, the marathon attracts hundreds of readers and listeners from around the world. The reading begins at noon on Saturday, January 5 and finishes at 1 p.m. on Sunday, January 6. Snow and cold will not stop this literary happening. Come at any time; leave at any time, or stay 25 hours and win a prize!

In past years, up to 150 readers have participated in the annual reading. Some read in Portuguese, Japanese, Italian, Danish, Spanish, or French, followed by that same passage in English. Readers included descendants of Herman Melville and their families, professors, fishermen, schoolteachers, selectmen, students, journalists, legislators, physicians, clergy, and other lovers of Melville and Moby Dick.

All those interested in reading are invited to contact the museum, starting at 12:01 a.m. Monday, November 12. Call 508-717-6851 or email to request a 7-10 minute reading slot. Be sure to provide your full name and preferred reading time as well as two alternate times.

The entire reading will be broadcast live through the museum's website, allowing Moby Dick enthusiasts around the globe to follow along.

New Bedford Whaling Museum, 18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, Massachusetts