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Venue:New Bedford Whaling Museum
Dates:Friday, January 5, 2024 - Sunday, January 7, 2024
Hours:Hours Vary see below
Cost:Free see below
Category:Books & Poetry
moby dick marathon at new bedford whaling museum photoThe Moby-Dick Marathon is returning to the New Bedford Whaling Museum, bringing together thousands of scholars, students, local families, visitors, and Melville superfans for a unique 25-hour read-a-thon of Herman Melville’s literary masterpiece.

The weekend of events kicks-off with a ticketed dinner and lecture featuring master printer Jos Sances and Dr. Jeffrey Peterson on Friday, January 5th.

The main event begins on Saturday, January 6th and continues for twenty-five hours of live reading through Sunday, January 7th. Saturday and Sunday the museum will be free to attend. View Event Schedule

Saturday, January 6th
9:30 am - Stump the Scholars quiz game
10:00 am - The Little Whalers’ story time, Melville-inspired craft-making and scavenger hunt with the New Bedford Free Public Library
11:30 am - Extracts read my members of the Melville Society Cultural Project (MSCP)
12:00 pm - The 25-hour read-a-thon begins with the “Call Me Ishmael” reading
1:30 pm - Portuguese Mini-Marathon
2:30 pm - Chat with Melville scholars
3:45 pm - Screen Printing Demonstration with artist Jos Sances
6:30 pm - Cousin Hosea’s Chowder Hall and the Decanter Taproom
8:00 pm - Midnight on the Forecastle (chapter 40) live performance by Culture*Park

Sunday, January 7th
8:00 am - The 20th-Hour Treat
9:30 am - Chat with Melville scholars
10:30 am - Imagining Melville, Podcast with Unburied Books
~1:00 pm - Epilogue; Read-a-thon ends and prizes are up for grabs

In-person attendees can also view Moby Dick in Days of Pestilence and Chaos, an exhibition of seventy watercolor interpretations of contamination, contagion, and fear of the unknown inspired by descriptions in Melville’s Moby-Dick – from the mind of Boston-based artist Aileen Callahan.

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Admission for the entire event is free



18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, MA map
Phone: 508-997-0046


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