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22nd Annual Moby-Dick Marathon

January 5 @ 5:30 pm - January 7 @ 2:00 pm


Join the New Bedford Whaling Museum for the 22nd annual readathon of America’s most iconic novel, Moby-Dick. An experience you don’t want to miss, you’ll relive the famous, action-packed narrative and be transported back in time on the search for the elusive white whale. In addition to the main event, the Whaling Museum hosts two mini-marathons on January 6: a Portuguese-language reading of Tiago Patricio’s abridged Moby-Dick; and a children’s version by Classic Starts.

Schedule of Events

Friday, January 5

5:30 pm – 9 pm
Pre-marathon Dinner, Movie, and Discussion
 Members $40  |  Non-members $50
Call: 508-997-0046 x100
Online: Tickets for Pre-marathon events

Enjoy a meal well-suited for hungry sailors followed by David Shaerf’s documentary film Call Us Ishmael, an intimate look at the world’s obsession with Moby-Dick and its cultural legacy. The Melville Society Cultural Project will conclude the night with a lively discussion of the film. Sponsored by Buzzards Bay Brewing.

Saturday, January 6

The Marathon Experience: 
From 10 am Saturday to 1 pm Sunday

10 am Stump the Scholars
Test your knowledge of Moby-Dick and try to Stump the Scholars with questions for Melville Society Cultural Project members.

10 am Children’s Mini-Marathon
Children of all ages can read a section of an abridged version of Moby-Dick by Classic Starts.

Reserve a child’s reading spot. Registration is ongoing.

12 pm The Main Attraction
The 22nd Annual Moby-Dick Marathon reading begins with celebrity readers nestled among the world’s largest model whaleship – the Lagoda. Next, head to the Seamen’s Bethel to hear Father Mapple’s rousing sermon (if your name is drawn in the seat raffle. Otherwise, watch a live-stream of the sermon in the Museum’s theater.) Readings continue while overlooking the New Bedford Harbor, with the exception of Chapter 40, “Forecastle-Midnight” in the Museum’s theater with Culture*Park. Listen to excerpts read in multiple languages, bringing to life Melville’s experience of a culturally diverse whaling crew.

3 pm Portuguese Mini-Marathon
Join us for the third annual reading of Tiago Patricio’s abridged version of Moby-Dick in Portuguese. Read Melville in the Azorean Whaleman Gallery with forty other intrepid souls.

Junte-nos para a terceira leitura anual de versão abreviada de Tiago Patricio de Moby-Dick em Português. Leia Melville na Galeria do Baleeiro Açoreano com quarenta outras almas intrépidas.

Special thanks to the Azorean Maritime Historical Society and the Portuguese Consulate of New Bedford.

Um agradecimento especial ao Azorean Maritime Historical Society e ao Consulado de Portugal em New Bedford.

Obrigado pelo seu interesse na mini Maratona de Moby-Dick  em lingua Portuguesa. Todos os lugares para leitores são preenchidos. Não estamos aceitando novos registros.

Thank you for your interest in the Moby-Dick Marathon in Portuguese. All of the places for readers are filled. We are not accepting new registrations.

3 pm – 5 pm “Above It All” Artist Demonstration
New Bedford Whaling National Park, 33 William Street (across the street from Museum)

See art in action as artist Peter Michael Martin pulls a large-scale woodblock print especially designed for the Moby-Dick Marathon. Peter’s collection of large-scale pieces called Martin & Moby, inspired by Moby-Dick, were exhibited at the Whaling Museum January–June 2014. Currently, a piece by Peter entitled Trust (4 ft x 8 ft) is currently on exhibit in Enlightened Encounters: The Two Nations of Manjiro Nakahama at the Whaling Museum.

5 pm Cousin Hosea’s Chowder House
Recharge and warm up with New Bedford’s finest chowders from local restaurants – Destination Soups, Freestones, Tia Maria’s, and Whalers’ Tavern. Guaranteed to get you through the night!

Sunday, January 7

8 am The 20th-Hour Feast
Enjoy malasadas and all the trimmings to fuel you up for the home stretch!

Around 1 pm Epilogue
A few souls will be richly rewarded for impressively staying up all night.

Questions? For information about the 22nd Annual Moby-Dick Marathon call 508-717-6851 or email



January 5 @ 5:30 pm
January 7 @ 2:00 pm
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New Bedford Whaling Museum


New Bedford Whaling Museum
18 Johnny Cake Hill
New Bedford, MA 02740 United States
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