The New York City Moby Dick Marathon

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Herman Melville’s classic Moby Dick was first published on November 14th, 1851, and for the second year, a marathon reading of the novel will take place in New York City to commemorate its publication. The event is held over three days, and dozens of authors and members of the literary community are enlisted to read portions of the book. The first five hours of the reading begin on Friday night at the Ace Hotel, Saturday’s 11-hour session will take place at the South Street Seaport Museum, and the final chapters of the novel will be read at Housing Works. For a full schedule of readers, checkout the Marathon Schedule.


Ian MacAllen is the author of Red Sauce: How Italian Food Became American (Rowman & Littlefield, April 2022). His writing has appeared in Chicago Review of Books, Southern Review of Books, The Offing, 45th Parallel Magazine, Little Fiction, Vol 1. Brooklyn, and elsewhere. He tweets @IanMacAllen and is online at IanMacAllen.com. More from this author →