2020 Moby-Dick Marathon

Herman Melville’s literary masterpiece was celebrated at the Museum’s 2020 readathon of Moby-Dick.
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Friday, January 3 – Sunday, January 5, 2020
Thank you one and all for making the 2020 Marathon the best ever!

Marathon Reading Timetable (pdf)  |  Reader Roster (pdf)

Ticketed Event:  Sold Out

Schedule of Events

Friday, January 3

5:30 pm – 8:00 pm Moby-Dick Marathon Opening Night

Kick off this year’s Moby-Dick Marathon by enjoying a meal well-suited for hungry sailors and a lively presentation by Mary K. Bercaw Edwards, Melville Scholar, titled Herman Melville: Sailor, Writer, Metaphysician, followed by a Q&A.


Saturday, January 4

From 9:30 am Saturday to 1 pm Sunday*
All Saturday and Sunday events are free and open to the public. Guests may come and go as needed through the Museum’s main entrance.

9:30 am Stump the Scholars
Bring your most challenging Melville-related questions and try to stump Melville scholars. Cook Memorial Theater (Lower Level)

10 am Children’s Mini-Marathon
Harbor View Gallery (Upper Level)

11:30 am Extracts
Read by members of the Melville Society Cultural Project. Bourne Building (Main Level)

12 noon The Main Attraction
Bourne Building (Main Level)

1:30 pm Father Mapple’s Sermon
Seamen’s Bethel (Reserved seating at Bethel and livestream in Cook Memorial Theater)

2:15 pm Main Marathon Continues
Harbor View Gallery (Upper Level)

2:30 pm Chat with Melville Scholars
Wattles Family Gallery (Lower Level)

3 pm Portuguese Marathon
Bourne Building (Main Level)

5 pm – 9 pm Cousin Hosea’s Chowder House
FREE hot chowder, and local beer for sale. Jacobs Family Gallery (Lower Level)

7 pm Midnight on the Forecastle (chapter 40)
Performed by  Culture*Park. Cook Memorial Theater (Lower Level)


Sunday, January 5

8 am The 20th-Hour Treat
Get fueled up for the home stretch. San Francisco Room (Upper Level)

9:30 am Chat with Melville scholars
Wattles Family Gallery (Lower Level)

1 pm Epilogue
The final words are read and prizes are given out to the hearty souls that make it through the entire night. Harbor View Gallery (Upper Level)

*Times are approximate and are dependent on the reading pace of the Marathon.

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