About

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
15% off November 13–17 using this link.
@acehotel
Ace Hotel New York
20 W. 29th Street
40.745897, -73.988234
Saturday, November 15
10AM to 11PM
South Street Seaport Museum
213 Water Street, New York, NY 10038
in the Melville Gallery
@SeaportMuseum
South Street Seaport Museum
213 Water Street
40.707547, -74.003025
Sunday, November 16
10AM to 4PM (or whenever our chase ends)
Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
126 Crosby Street, New York, NY 10012
@housingworksbks
Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
126 Crosby Street
40.724569,-73.996485

2014 Marathon Schedule

Subject to change. About the readers.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15
Ace Hotel New York, Liberty Hall
with The Breslin Bar & Dining Room
Chapters 1-30
6PM to 11PM
 
6pm
Leslie Jamison
Eileen Myles
Shelly Oria
Charles Bock
Dave Hill
Wendy Xu
7pm
Jim Shepard
Matthew Thomas
Joshua Ferris
Matthea Harvey
Mitchell Jackson
Rakesh Satyal
8pm
Deborah Landau
Alex Karpovsky
Chelsea Hodson
Jeff Gordinier
Aaron Lefkove
Rosie Schaap
9pm
Aryn Kyle
Tea Obreht
Sasha Fletcher
Ashley C. Ford
Marie-Helene Bertino
Ben Fama
10pm
Stephen Elliott
Jenny Zhang
Monica McClure
Bianca Stone
Amanda Petrusich
Adam Wilson
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 15
South Street Seaport Museum
Chapters 31-99
10AM to 11PM
 
10am
Jack Putnam
Erin Chapman
Karl LaRocca
Rebecca Cheong
Fiona Maazel
11am
Frederick Baker
Emily Hughes
Midnight, Forecastle a performance
Touré
Yelena Akhiorskaya
Simon Van Booy
12pm
Jonathan Tuttle
Tim Federle
Rich Kelley
Choire Sicha
Michelle Dean
1pm
Rob Sheffield
Nadxi Nieto
Lincoln Michel
Joel Clark
Maris Kreizman
Saeed Jones
2pm
Lynne Tillman
Rowan Ricardo Philips
Tiphanie Yanique
Amelia Possanza
Melissa Febos
Emily Gould
3pm
Mark Doten
Brigid Harmon
Jess Row
Mike Albo
Virginia Heffernan
Phil Klay
4pm
Ione Damasco
Matt Kish
Natalie Diaz
 
 
Nathaniel Philbrick
Miles Klee
Jami Attenberg
5pm
Stacey D’Erasmo
Chiara Atik
Tavit Geudelekian
Ben Vershbow
David Goodwillie
Betsy Andrews
6pm
Ben Greenman
Helena Fitzgerald
Tobias Carroll
Parul Sehgal
Michael Robbins
Matt Nelson
7pm
Lisa Lucas
Bianca Stone
Jen Doll
Paul Rome
Molly Fischer
Morgan Parker
8pm
Sam MacLaughlin
Elif Batuman
A.N. Devers
Paul W. Morris
Dolan Morgan
9pm
Will Chancellor
Sadie Stein
Lorin Stein
Amy Rose Spiegel
Natalie Eibert
Joseph Riippi
10pm
Porochista Khakpour
Brendan Jay Sullivan
Ami Greko
Deji Bryce Olukotun
Josh Cohen
Justin Taylor
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 16
Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
Chapters 31-99
10AM to 4PM
 
10am
Paul Bresnick
Alexander Chee
Michele Filgate
11am
Sarah Gerard
Geoff Sanborn
Steph Opitz
Jarred McGinnis
Isaac Fitzgerald
12pm
J. Courtney Sullivan
Alice Kim
Matthew Love
Elissa Schappell
Rob Spillman
Darcey Steinke
1pm
Amy Lawless
Timothy Donnelly
John Freeman
Michael Kostroff
Max Maduka
Nelly Reifler
2pm
Brian Floca
Tiffany Gibert
Elliott Holt
Alan Light
John Leland
Michelle Legro
3pm
Mira Jacob
Halimah Marcus
Justin Torres
Ophira Eisenberg
Ryan Britt
Amor Towles

FAQs

Where do I buy tickets?
The entire marathon is free and open to the public!
Can I read?
We are unable to accept additional requests to read, BUT we are in need of alternate readers (this means we will ask you to come at an appointed hour to be on call in case someone doesn’t show up or in the event of last-minute cancellations) throughout the marathon. We’re also looking for volunteers to help with on-site logistics. And you can always simply 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.

Alternate Readers

Frederick Baker, Ben Shattuck, Cynthia Tobar, Michael Leyden, Anne Margaret Daniel, Lauren Price, Ben Vershbow, Gareth Lee, Rachel Bullock, Matthew Kugler, Stefan Dreisbach-Williams

Ace Hotel New York, Official Hotel Partner of MDMNYC

We are delighted to have Ace Hotel New York as the official hotel partner of the Moby-Dick Marathon NYC. When you book at acehotel.com/mobydick you will receive 15% off a stay marathon weekend (November 13–17). Ace Hotel New York will be hosting opening night, November 14, in Liberty Hall with the support of the Breslin Bar and Dining Room, and the hotel is conveninently located for the second- and third-day venues in downtown Manhattan.

2014 Readers & friends, photographs by Joshua Simpson

Photographs by Joshua Simpson. Do not use without express permission. Contact us mobydickmarathonnyc@gmail.com if you’re interested in using any photos.

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