Moby-Dick Marathon 2013

Thank you to all participants for another successful Moby-Dick Marathon. See you again in 2014!

The New Bedford Whaling Museum’s 17th annual Moby-Dick Marathon celebrated Herman Melville’s literary masterpiece with a 25-hour nonstop public reading of the book during a weekend of activities and events.

Schedule | Reading Timetable



Reading slots have all been filled. Thank you everyone!

Friday, Jan. 4, 5:30 pmThe weekend will kick off in the Jacobs Family Gallery with a ticketed buffet dinner and concludes on Sunday, January 6, at 1:00 pm.  Tickets are $29 each and can be purchased by calling (508) 997-0046 x100.

Friday, Jan. 4,  7:15 p.m: Following dinner we will be treated to a presentation by illustrator and librarian Matt Kish, creator of the book Moby-Dick in Pictures: One Drawing for Every Page. Mr. Kish will provide insight into how the novel that “has been such a companion for me my whole life” inspired him to create the illustrations that depict each page of the book. This lecture is free to the general public.

Saturday, Jan. 5, 10:00 – 11:00 am:  Have some fun, bring your Moby-Dick questions to our quiz show, Stump the Scholars. Send Melvillean questions in advance to or submit them prior to this session . Michael Dyer, Maritime Curator and Librarian, will put questions to the panel and moderate the ensuring discussion.  If your question stumps the scholars you will receive a prized button!

Saturday, Jan. 5, 11:30 am:  Melville scholars will read “Extracts” in the  Bourne Building.

Saturday, Jan. 5, 12:00: The Marathon will start promptly with a new Ishmael, retiring Congressman Barney Frank. Ray Veary has, for many years, been our first reader. We thank Ray for his dedication to this event. 

A Braille copy of Moby-Dick, will be made available for vision-impaired readers.

Chapter 40, “Forecastle – Midnight,”will be performed by Culture*Park.

The Melville Society Cultural Project will host “Chat with a Melville Scholar” sessions.

Glossaries will be available, created by Museum Apprentices and Docents, defining terms that have fallen from use.

Related exhibit: “Among the Waves and Amid the Vortex”, by local Moby-Dick-inspired artist Jason Hancock.

Related exhibit: “Signifying the Whale”, a crowd-sourced loop of images with found and created whales.

Gerald P. Dyck, Musical Director of the New Bedford Choral Society, in the Seaman’s Bethel.


Marathon Reading Timetable: Approximate Time, Page and Chapter in the book for each Watch (based on notes from 2008). Click here for the Reading Timetable.


Slideshow of the Moby-Dick Marathon in 2011 at the New Bedford Whaling Museum. View on Flickr.





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Support: Thank you.

Sponsorship: Thank you to Empire Loan Charitable Foundation and Rockland Trust for sponsoring this year’s event. 



Information about our event in 2012.


Last modified: March 17, 2017

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