Moby Dick Marathon

various Sat, Feb 1 - Sun, Feb 2, 2014

Venue: Nantucket Atheneum

1 India Street, Nantucket, MA 02554



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About 90 readers will take on Herman Melville's classic American novel Moby-Dick; Or, The Whale during the 2014 Moby-Dick Marathon. Beginning on Saturday, February 1 at 9 am, they will read out loud the 135 chapters plus epilogue and end at approximately noon on Sunday, Feb. 2. This year's marathon begins at the Atheneum, moves to the Nantucket Historical Association's Whaling Museum at 2 pm and returns to the Great Hall at 8 pm for the duration. Now in its third year, the marathon includes readers from all parts of the island's winter population: teachers, students, writers, historians, radio broadcasters, poets, actors and fans of Melville's famous whaling story. Although the majority of readers will be from Nantucket, the marathon does also attract a few adventurous readers from the mainland. Nantucket historian Nathaniel Philbrick begins the event by reading chapters one and two. Actors from Theatre Workshop will finish the marathon by reading the last 20 chapters. For anyone interersted in reading, there are a small number of chapters still open. Please stop by the circulation desk on the library's first floor to sign up. For those interested in being a spectator, we invite you to drop in and out of the reading as it progresses -- or stay for the whole thing! At the conclusion there will be a celebratory reception with clam chowder (courtesy of Annye's Whole Foods) and Whale's Tale Pale Ale on the menu. "The annual Moby-Dick Marathon is a great community event that brings people together in the dead of winter and celebrates a great work of writing," said Molly Anderson, the Atheneum's Executive Director. The event is co-sponsored by the Atheneum, the NHA and Theatre Workshop Nantucket.

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