24-Hour “Moby Dick” Marathon at SF’s Maritime Museum w/ 100+ Readers (2022)
“Our first port is San Francisco…and thence, I hardly know where.” — Herman Melville, 28 May 1860
San Francisco welcomes Herman Melville back to the Barbary Coast with a marathon reading of Moby-Dick.
Join us as we read, sing, dance, and perform Herman Melville’s great American novel Moby-Dick in a unique live collaboration.
Surrounded by aquatic-themed WPA murals, and overlooking the Aquatic Park Pier and Cove, a diverse crew of over 100 readers will add their own voices to Melville’s musings, orations, and unforgettable characters.
- Masks are required at all times.
- Attendees can come and go as they please.
- If you do intend on staying for a while, wear comfortable clothes. Our chairs are not known for being “all nighters”. There will be limited spaces for sleeping bags.
- Costumes are encouraged!
- Drugs/alcohol/weapons/vaping are not allowed. Usage will result in being asked to leave.
- We will have free coffee available. Light snacks are allowed.
- The museum is an artifact within itself. We ask that you be respectful of the building and leave no trace.
- We will have some extra copies of Moby Dick on hand but feel free to bring your own.
- The event may be recorded or live streamed. Your picture may be taken for promotional purposes.
- No animals other than service dogs are allowed. If you have a pet whale, kindly park them in the cove.
- People disrupting the reading will be asked to leave.
- The event is free and you do not need a ticket, but please register HERE
- A scheduled reader might not make it on time or has to drop out, if that happens, we accept volunteers from the audience.
“A whale of a 24 hour marathon reading“ – sfgate.com
Want to participate? They are currently taking sign-ups for readers, who can choose to either read a favorite chapter or be assigned to one by time. Learn More.