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
@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

Readers

More to be announced.

A

Betsy Andrews
Chiara Atik
Jami Attenberg

B

Elif Batuman
Sophie Blackall
Charles Bock
Paul Bresnick
Amy Virginia Buchanan

C

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

D

Stacey D’Erasmo
Natalie Diaz
Timothy Donnelly
Mark Doten

E

Natalie Eilbert
Ophira Eisenberg

F

Melissa Febos
Joshua Ferris
Michele Filgate
Brian Floca
Ashley Ford

G

Sarah Gerard
Tiffany Gibert
David Goodwillie
Emily Gould
Ben Greenman

H

Elliott Holt
Emily Hughes
Evan Hughes
Jazmine Hughes

I
J

Mitchell Jackson
Leslie Jamison
Saeed Jones

K

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

L

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

M

Fiona Maazel
Sam MacLaughlin
Jarred McGinnis
Lynn Melnick
Kate Milford
Dolan Morgan
Eileen Myles

N
O

Téa Obreht

P

Nathaniel Philbrick
Rowan Ricardo Phillips
Amanda Petrusich

Q
R

Nelly Reifler
Joseph Riippi
Paul Rome
Jess Row

S

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

T

Justin Taylor
Matthew Thomas
Lynne Tillman
Touré
Amor Towles

U
V

Simon Van Booy

W

Adelle Waldman

X
Y

Tiphanie Yanique

Z

Jenny Zhang

FAQs

Can I read?
We are currently unable to accept 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 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.

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.