2015 update: This fall, November 13 and 14, 2015 from 11AM – 10PM, we are collaborating with the Whitney Museum to produce a two-day marathon reading in conjunction with FRANK STELLA: A RETROSPECTIVE. The book will be read by authors, editors, visual artists, curators, and more. More information.

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 took 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 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.
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
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
Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
126 Crosby Street

2014 Marathon Schedule

Subject to change. About the readers.

Ace Hotel New York, Liberty Hall
with The Breslin Bar & Dining Room
Chapters 1-30
6PM to 11PM

Leslie Jamison
Eileen Myles
Shelly Oria
Charles Bock
Dave Hill
Wendy Xu
Jim Shepard
Matthew Thomas
Joshua Ferris
Matthea Harvey
Mitchell Jackson
Rakesh Satyal
Deborah Landau
Alex Karpovsky
Chelsea Hodson
Jeff Gordinier
Aaron Lefkove
Rosie Schaap
Aryn Kyle
Tea Obreht
Sasha Fletcher
Ashley C. Ford
Marie-Helene Bertino
Ben Fama
Stephen Elliott
Jenny Zhang
Monica McClure
Bianca Stone
Amanda Petrusich
Adam Wilson

South Street Seaport Museum
Chapters 31-99
10AM to 11PM

Jack Putnam
Erin Chapman
Karl LaRocca
Rebecca Cheong
Fiona Maazel
Frederick Baker
Emily Hughes
Midnight, Forecastle a performance
Yelena Akhiorskaya
Simon Van Booy
Jonathan Tuttle
Tim Federle
Rich Kelley
Choire Sicha
Michelle Dean
Rob Sheffield
Nadxi Nieto
Lincoln Michel
Joel Clark
Maris Kreizman
Saeed Jones
Lynne Tillman
Rowan Ricardo Philips
Tiphanie Yanique
Amelia Possanza
Melissa Febos
Emily Gould
Mark Doten
Brigid Harmon
Jess Row
Mike Albo
Virginia Heffernan
Phil Klay
Ione Damasco
Matt Kish
Natalie Diaz
Nathaniel Philbrick
Miles Klee
Jami Attenberg
Stacey D’Erasmo
Chiara Atik
Tavit Geudelekian
Ben Vershbow
David Goodwillie
Betsy Andrews
Ben Greenman
Helena Fitzgerald
Tobias Carroll
Parul Sehgal
Michael Robbins
Matt Nelson
Lisa Lucas
Bianca Stone
Jen Doll
Paul Rome
Molly Fischer
Morgan Parker
Sam MacLaughlin
Elif Batuman
A.N. Devers
Paul W. Morris
Dolan Morgan
Will Chancellor
Sadie Stein
Lorin Stein
Amy Rose Spiegel
Natalie Eibert
Joseph Riippi
Porochista Khakpour
Brendan Jay Sullivan
Ami Greko
Deji Bryce Olukotun
Josh Cohen
Justin Taylor

Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
Chapters 31-99
10AM to 4PM

Paul Bresnick
Alexander Chee
Michele Filgate
Sarah Gerard
Geoff Sanborn
Steph Opitz
Jarred McGinnis
Isaac Fitzgerald
J. Courtney Sullivan
Alice Kim
Matthew Love
Elissa Schappell
Rob Spillman
Darcey Steinke
Amy Lawless
Timothy Donnelly
John Freeman
Michael Kostroff
Max Maduka
Nelly Reifler
Brian Floca
Tiffany Gibert
Elliott Holt
Alan Light
John Leland
Michelle Legro
Mira Jacob
Halimah Marcus
Justin Torres
Ophira Eisenberg
Ryan Britt
Amor Towles


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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Moby-Dick: A Marathon Reading with MDMNYC and the Whitney Museum of American Art

Join us for a special marathon reading event held with the Whitney Museum of American Art.
Location: Floor Five, Neil Bluhm Family Galleries

In dialogue with Frank Stella’s Moby Dick series, artists and writers read Herman Melville’s epic novel Moby-Dick; or, The Whale in the Whitney’s fifth-floor galleries. The two-day event culminates on the 164th anniversary of the novel’s publication.

This program is co-organized with the Moby-Dick Marathon NYC, a biennial event founded in 2012.

Readers to be announced.

November 13
11 am–10 pm

November 14
11 am–finish

Free with Museum admission. No special tickets or reservations are required.