The second biennial New York City three-day marathon-style reading of Herman Melville’s masterpiece, Moby-Dick, Or, The Whale in New York City will take place November 14, 15, and 16, 2014: on Friday, November 14 at Ace Hotel New York, on Saturday, November 15 at the South Street Seaport Museum, and on Sunday, November 16 at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe. MDMNYC 2014 is organized by Amanda Bullock, Polly Duff Kertis, and Molly Rose Quinn.

The weekend of the marathon is tied to the U.S. publication anniversary of the book, November 14, 1851.

This year’s marathon was funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign.

Why NYC? Herman Melville was born here and he died here, and the novel actually opens in Manhattan.

Friday, November 14
6PM to 11PM
Ace Hotel New York
20 W. 29th Street, New York, NY 10001
Official Hotel Partner, with support from The Breslin Bar & Dining Room
Ace Hotel New York
20 W. 29th Street
40.745897, -73.988234
Saturday, November 15
10AM to 11PM
South Street Seaport Museum
2 Fulton Street, New York, NY 10038
in the Melville Gallery
South Street Seaport Museum
2 Fulton Street
40.705652, -74.002898
Sunday, November 16
10AM to 4PM (or whenever our chase ends)
Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
126 Crosby Street, New York, NY 10012
Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
126 Crosby Street


More to be announced.


Betsy Andrews
Chiara Atik
Jami Attenberg


Elif Batuman
Sophie Blackall
Charles Bock
Paul Bresnick
Amy Virginia Buchanan


Will Chancellor
Erin Chapman
Alexander Chee
Scott Cheshire
Joshua Cohen


Stacey D’Erasmo
Natalie Diaz
Timothy Donnelly
Mark Doten


Natalie Eilbert
Ophira Eisenberg


Melissa Febos
Brian Floca


Tiffany Gibert
David Goodwillie
Emily Gould
Ben Greenman


Emily Hughes
Evan Hughes


Mitchell Jackson
Leslie Jamison
Saeed Jones


Alex Karpovsky
Starlee Kine
Amy King
Phil Klay
Michael Kostroff
Maris Kreizman
Aryn Kyle


Catherine Lacey
Karl Larocca
Aaron Lefkove
Michelle Legro
Alan Light
Matthew Love
Lisa Lucas


Fiona Maazel
Jarred McGinnis
Lynn Melnick
Dolan Morgan
Eileen Myles


Nathaniel Philbrick
Rowan Ricardo Phillips
Amanda Petrusich


Nelly Reifler
Joseph Riippi
Paul Rome
Jess Row


Geoff Sanborn
Rosie Schaap
Elissa Schappell
Parul Sehgal
Rob Sheffield
Jim Shepard
Rob Spillman
Lorin Stein
Darcey Steinke
Brendan Jay Sullivan


Justin Taylor
Amor Towles


Simon Van Booy


Adelle Waldman


Tiphanie Yanique


Jenny Zhang


Can I read?
We are not currently taking requests to read, but we are accepting alternates (we will ask you to come at an appointed hour to be on call in case someone doesn’t show up or the like) throughout the marathon. We’re also looking for volunteers, and you can always come listen and enjoy! You can email us with any questions.
Can I volunteer with MDMNYC?
Yes please! We are a small team and can use all the help we can get manning the poster table, wrangling readers, setting up chairs, and more. Please email us!
Moby-Dick Marathon? Are you running somewhere?
Nope! We will only be exercising OUR MINDS.
I missed your Kickstarter but I’d still like to donate to help y’all out, and possibly get some swag. Can I give you some money?
You can give to MDMNYC via PayPal; let us know if you’re interested in the swag (we have posters, totes, and more) and we can probably figure something out.
I have a question!
Email us here or tweet us @mobydicknyc or find us on Tumblr.

Announcing our 2014 Venues & first group of readers.

MDMNYC is thrilled to announce our 2014 venue partners. On Friday, November 14, from 6-11pm, we’ll roost at Ace Hotel New York, the 2014 Official Hotel Partner, with support from The Breslin Bar & Dining Room; on Saturday, November 15, from 10am-11pm at the South Street Seaport Museum; and on Sunday, November 16 from 10am-4pm, at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe.

The 2014 marathon will include over 150 readers of Herman Melville’s masterpiece, including Sophie Blackall, Paul Bresnick, Amy Virginia Buchanan, Alexander Chee, Josh Cohen, Ophira Eisenberg, Brian Floca, Leslie Jamison, Karl Laroca, Aaron Lefkove, Matthew Love, Lisa Lucas, Eileen Myles, Michael Robbins, Elissa Schappell, Parul Sehgal, Rob Spillman, Darcey Steinke, Brenda Jay Sullivan, Justin Taylor, TourĂ©, Adam Wilson, Charles Bock, and more to be announced.

Missed our Kickstarter campaign? If you’re interested in supporting MDMNYC, you can donate here. Our costs include printed programs and posters, food and drink for attendees, transportation for people and supplies, web designers and developers, venue fees, and countless miscellaneous production expenses.