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.
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


More to be announced. Subject to change.


Yelena Akhtiorskaya
Mike Albo
Betsy Andrews
Chiara Atik
Jami Attenberg


Elif Batuman
Marie-Helene Bertino
Sophie Blackall
Charles Bock
Ana Božičević
Paul Bresnick
Amy Virginia Buchanan


Tobias Carroll
Will Chancellor
Erin Chapman
Alexander Chee
Scott Cheshire
Joel Clark
Joshua Cohen


Ione Damasco
Michelle Dean
A. N. Devers
Stacey D’Erasmo
Natalie Diaz
Jen Doll
Timothy Donnelly
Mark Doten


Natalie Eilbert
Ophira Eisenberg
Stephen Elliott


Melissa Febos
Tim Federle
Joshua Ferris
Michele Filgate
Molly Fischer
Helena Fitzgerald
Isaac Fitzgerald
Sasha Fletcher
Brian Floca
Ashley Ford


Sarah Gerard
Tavit Geudelekian
Tiffany Gibert
David Goodwillie
Jeff Gordinier
Emily Gould
Ben Greenman


Brigid Harmon
Matthea Harvey
Virginia Heffernan
Dave Hill
Chelsea Hodson
Elliott Holt
Emily Hughes


Mitchell Jackson
Mira Jacob
Leslie Jamison
Saeed Jones


Alex Karpovsky
Porochista Khakpour
Alice Sola Kim
Starlee Kine
Amy King
Matt Kish
Phil Klay
Miles Klee
Michael Kostroff
Maris Kreizman
Aryn Kyle


Deborah Landau
Karl Larocca
Amy Lawless
Aaron Lefkove
Michelle Legro
John Leland
Alan Light
Matthew Love
Lisa Lucas
Valeria Luiselli


Fiona Maazel
Sam MacLaughlin
Jarred McGinnis
Monica McClure
Lynn Melnick
Lincoln Michel
Kate Milford
Dolan Morgan
Paul Morris
Eileen Myles


Nadxi Nieto


Téa Obreht
Deji Olukotun
Steph Opitz


Morgan Parker
Nathaniel Philbrick
Rowan Ricardo Phillips
Amanda Petrusich
Jack Putnam


Nelly Reifler
Joseph Riippi
Paul Rome
Gabriel Roth
Jess Row


Geoff Sanborn
Rakesh Satyal
Rosie Schaap
Elissa Schappell
Parul Sehgal
Rob Sheffield
Jim Shepard
Choire Sicha
Amy Rose Spiegel
Rob Spillman
Lorin Stein
Sadie Stein
Darcey Steinke
Brendan Jay Sullivan
J. Courtney Sullivan


Justin Taylor
Matthew Thomas
Lynne Tillman
Justin Torres
Amor Towles


Simon Van Booy


Tiphanie Yanique


Jenny Zhang


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.

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.

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, Touré, 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.