The New Bedford Whaling Museum’s 19th Annual Moby-Dick Marathon is scheduled for January 2-4, 2015 and all those interested in reading are invited to contact the museum starting at 12:01 am on Tuesday, November 11. Call 508-717-6851 or email firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
New this year! Children ages eight and older are invited to read excerpts from the abridged version of Moby-Dick. The Children’s Mini-Marathon will take place on Saturday, January 3 from 3:00 – 6:00 pm and on Sunday, January 4 from 10:00 am to noon. It will occur concurrently with the annual reading. Children interested in participating should follow the same instructions listed above, but should specify the Children’s Mini-Marathon in their request.
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 America’s greatest novel: Moby-Dick. The weekend includes three days of activities, January 2-3-4, 2015, 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 3 and finishes at 1:00 pm on Sunday, January 4. 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! For more information, visit www.whalingmuseum.org.