Moby-Dick Marathon 2022

A celebration of all things Moby-Dick and Melville

Moby-Dick Marathon 2022

January 7-9, 2022 | Virtual

The 2022 Moby-Dick Marathon will be entirely virtual, but with all the same marathon fun and buzz!

 Schedule of Events


Call for Readers

Sign-up period: October 21 - November 4, 2021

Sign up for your chance to be one of our Moby-Dick Marathon 2022 readers. People selected by random draw will record their reading from home prior to the marathon.

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One of the world’s best known live readings of Herman Melville’s iconic American novel Moby-Dick takes place every January at the New Bedford Whaling Museum.

The Moby-Dick Marathon draws readers and enthusiasts from around the globe to the Museum’s campus and to the reading online. This year’s marathon will be entirely virtual, but that won’t stop literary aficionados, school children, and everyone in between from traveling back in time to accompany narrator Ishmael on the epic hunt for the elusive white whale.

As for me, I am tormented with an everlasting itch for things remote.
– Ishmael, in Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick

The Whaling Museum has marked the anniversary of Melville’s 1841 departure from the Port of New Bedford and Fairhaven aboard the whaleship, Acushnet, with this mid-winter tradition since 1997. Melville would later pen Moby-Dick, publishing the famous novel in 1851.

Moby-Dick Marathon weekend features the main 25-hour read-a-thon on Saturday and Sunday, with fun Melville-inspired activities, opportunities to chat with scholars from the Melville Society Cultural Project (MSCP), a Melville-inspired trivia game, and more.

The Moby-Dick Marathon will be streamed online and shown non-stop in the Whaling Museum’s theater. Admission to the Museum is free of charge on Saturday and Sunday until the end of the marathon.

Schedule of Events

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