SF Moby Dick Marathon 2019
  • Date: October 19th 2019
  • Start: 12:00 pm
  • Free
  • Venue: Maritime Museum

One of America’s greatest novels, Moby-Dick speaks to race and racism, sexual identity, fate and destiny, environmental degradation, power and powerlessness, madness and obsession, faith and doubt, love and friendship, and writing and imagination. It reflects and refracts society, culture, and the human condition, and so remains a powerful text full of ways to discover oneself, and one’s place in the world.

On Saturday, October 19, 2019, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park hosts a 24-hour Moby Dick reading marathon in the Maritime Museum at 900 Beach Street, San Francisco. Surrounded by aquatic-themed WPA murals, and overlooking the Aquatic Park Pier and Cove, a diverse crew of over 100 will add their own voices to Melville’s musings, orations, and unforgettable characters.

This year is Melville’s 200th birthday and we are celebrating in the way only San Francisco can. We’ve partnered with local artists to visually and aurally enhance chapters throughout the reading. Some of you might be reading with music, dance or original art, all influenced by the book, in the playing in the background. Feel free to come in costume and be playful with your chapter, just remember to respect the text, the space and the audience.

See below for available chapters and sign-up form!

Support the Event with a Donation!

Help support the speakers and programs leading up to this event by making a donation toward our goal of $6000. Your contribution will allow for compensation for guest speakers, staffing for the event, and food and beverage to keep our marathon readers running. A donation of $1000 or more will make you a sponsor.

Any amount is a great help!

Thanks for your interest and support! We look forward to seeing you there!


Chapters Available

(please note: times are approximate. please arrive early.)
12:00 PM
Chapter 1. Loomings Daniel Herman
Chapter 2. The Carpet-Bag John Engell
Chapter 3. The Spouter-Inn Frederic Leist
1:00 PM
Chapter 4. The Counterpane Dylan Camargo
Chapter 5. Breakfast Richard Hack
Chapter 6. The Street Karen Magoon
Chapter 7. The Chapel Sean Owens
Chapter 8. The Pulpit Sean Owens
2:00 PM
Chapter 9. The Sermon Sandy Stadtfeld
Chapter 10. A Bosom Friend Nora Cata
Chapter 11. Nightgown Marianella Macchiarini
Chapter 12. Biographical Georgio Bianchi
Chapter 13. Wheelbarrow Cindy Salans Rosenheim
3:00 PM
Chapter 14. Nantucket Dan Riesenbach
Chapter 15. Chowder Luke Myers
Chapter 16. The Ship Shern Kier
4:00 PM
Chapter 17. The Ramadan Hilton Obenzinger
Chapter 18. His Mark Stephanie Klassen
Chapter 19. The Prophet Evelyn Jean Pine
Chapter 20. All Astir Christine Greene
Chapter 21. Going Aboard Tom Greene
Chapter 22. Merry Christmas Nicole Odell
5:00 PM
Chapter 23. The Lee Shore Jonah Edwards
Chapter 24. The Advocate Jordan Rodriguez
Chapter 25. Postscript
Chapter 26. Knights and Squires Eileen Coleman
Chapter 27. Knights and Squires Brian Dunn
Chapter 28. Ahab Joyce Henderson
Chapter 29. Enter Ahab; to Him, Stubb Steven Kovacs
6:00 PM
Chapter 30. The Pipe Gordon Hultberg
Chapter 31. Queen Mab Joyce Henderson
Chapter 32. Cetology Donald Day
Chapter 33. The Specksnyder Joe Todaro
Chapter 34. The Cabin – Table Sarah Broderick
7:00 PM
Chapter 35. The Mast-Head Paul Dana
Chapter 36. The Quarter-Deck HOLD
Chapter 37. Sunset HOLD
Chapter 38. Dusk HOLD
Chapter 39. First Night Watch HOLD
8:00 PM
Chapter 40. Midnight, Forecastle HOLD
Chapter 41. Moby Dick Nic Sommerfeld
Chapter 42. The Whiteness of The Whale Daniel Rivers
9:00 PM
Chapter 43. Hark! Kimberly Pye
Chapter 44. The Chart Daniel Wolfe
Chapter 45. The Affidavit Paul Dana
Chapter 46. Surmises Carly Nairn
Chapter 47. The Mat-Maker Simon Donovan
10:00 PM
Chapter 48. The First Lowering
Chapter 49. The Hyena Karl Keily
Chapter 50. Ahab’s Boat and Crew. Fedallah Katy German
Chapter 51. The Spirit-Spout Katy German
Chapter 52. The Albatross Lisa Pereira
11:00 PM
Chapter 53. The Gam Paul Dana
Chapter 54. The Town-Ho’s Story Sean Owens
Chapter 55. Of the Monstrous Pictures of Whales Marilynn Fowler
Chapter 56. Of the Less Erroneous Pictures of Whales Marilynn Fowler
12:00 AM
Chapter 57. Of Whales in Paint; in Teeth; in Wood; in Sheet-Iron…
Chapter 58. Brit Will Holloway
Chapter 59. Squid Kim Shuck
Chapter 60. The Line Paul Dana
Chapter 61. Stubb Kills a Whale John Wilde
Chapter 62. The Dart Carlin Eng
Chapter 63. The Crotch Lynn Cullivan
1:00 AM
Chapter 64. Stubb’s Supper Dylan Camargo
Chapter 65. The Whale as a Dish Cora Values
Chapter 66. The Shark Massacre Evan Penn
Chapter 67. Cutting In David Brouillette
Chapter 68. The Blanket Paul Dana
Chapter 69. The Funeral Joe Murphy
Chapter 70. The Sphynx Marc Wilson
Chapter 71. The Jeroboam’s Story Gina Bardi
2:00 AM
Chapter 72. The Monkey-Rope Marc Wilson
Chapter 73. Stubb and Flask Kill a Right Whale; and Then Have a Talk Over Him
Scott Bird
Chapter 74. The Sperm Whale’s Head—Contrasted View
Chapter 75. The Right Whale’s Head—Contrasted View Paul Dana
Chapter 76. The Battering-Ram Bobby Coleman
Chapter 77. The Great Heidelburgh Tun
3:00 AM
Chapter 78. Cistern and Buckets Clint Sides
Chapter 79. The Prairie
Chapter 80. The Nut
Chapter 81. The Pequod Meets The Virgin HOLD
Chapter 82. The Honour and Glory of Whaling Erika Atkinson
4:00 AM
Chapter 83. Jonah Historically Regarded Erika Atkinson
Chapter 84. Pitchpoling
Chapter 85. The Fountain Evelyn Jean Pine
Chapter 86. The Tail Nathaniel Bice
5:00 AM
Chapter 87. The Grand Armada David Pettus
Chapter 88. Schools and Schoolmasters Clint Sides
Chapter 89. Fast-Fish and Loose-Fish Donald Day
Chapter 90. Heads or Tails Luke Myers
Chapter 91. The Pequod Meets The Rose-Bud
Luke Myers
Chapter 92. Ambergris Sandy Stadtfeld
6:00 AM
Chapter 93. The Castaway Margo Carroll
Chapter 94. A Squeeze of the Hand Nolan Hinshaw
Chapter 95. The Cassock Nolan Hinshaw
Chapter 96. The Try-Works Erika Atkinson
Chapter 97. The Lamp Kevin Buckholtz
Chapter 98. Stowing Down and Clearing Up Stephanie Klassen
Chapter 99. The Doubloon Jonathan Howland
Chapter 100. Leg and Arm Katy German
7:00 AM Chapter 101. The Decante
Chapter 102. A Bower in the Arsacides Sasha Price
Chapter 103. Measurement of The Whale’s Skeleton Tim Svenonius
8:00 AM
Chapter 104. The Fossil Whale Thomas Weverka
Chapter 105. Does the Whale’s Magnitude Diminish?—Will He Perish?
Erika Atkinson
Chapter 106. Ahab’s Leg
Chapter 107. The Carpenter Nathaniel Bice
Chapter 108. Ahab and the Carpenter Luke Myers
Chapter 109. Ahab and Starbuck in the Cabin Luke Myers
Chapter 110. Queequeg in His Coffin Tim Svenonius
9:00 AM
Chapter 111. The Pacific Scott Bird
Chapter 112. The Blacksmith Jamis Macniven
Chapter 113. The Forge Will Milne
Chapter 114. The Gilder Fran Hegeler
Chapter 115. The Pequod Meets The Bachelor HOLD
Chapter 116. The Dying Whale Tyler Macniven
Chapter 117. The Whale Watch Rowan Macnive
Chapter 118. The Quadrant Brion Charles
10:00 AM
Chapter 119. The Candles Jonah Edwards
Chapter 120. The Deck Towards the End of the First Night Watch Frances Sawyer
Chapter 121. Midnight—The Forecastle Bulwarks Jan Gilbert
Chapter 122. Midnight Aloft—Thunder and Lightning Frederic Leist
Chapter 123. The Musket Erika Atkinson
Chapter 124. The Needle Ariadne Wolf
Chapter 125. The Log and Line Sue Free
Chapter 126. The Life-Buoy Martin Hickel
Chapter 127. The Deck Steven Kovacs
11:00 AM
Chapter 128. The Pequod Meets The Rachel Mikl Em
Chapter 129. The Cabin Katy German
Chapter 130. The Hat Evelyn Jean Pine
Chapter 131. The Pequod Meets The Delight. Sean Owens
Chapter 132. The Symphony John Engell
Chapter 133. The Chase—First Day Richard Hack
12:00 PM
Chapter 134. The Chase—Second Day Joyce Henderson
Chapter 135. The Chase—Third Day Jack Hirschman
Epilogue Jack Hirschman

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