Moby-Dick Marathon Reading at the Independence Seaport Museum [OFF-SITE]

Date / Time

  • October 19, 2018
    5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
  • October 19, 2018 - October 20, 2018
    7:30 pm - 8:00 pm
  • October 20, 2018
    11:30 am - 2:30 pm


211 S. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19106, United States


Join us as we read Herman Melville’s entire novel over a 24-hour period. This collaboration with the Independence Seaport Museum will feature a boatload of food and fun activities for all ages. Celebrate the Great White Whale with us!

If you would like to be a reader, please email Edward G. Pettit at [email protected]. Please indicate what times you are available to read and we will do our best to accommodate.


Friday, 10/19/2018

  • 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm: The Harpoon Saloon — A VIP Fundraiser on the fantail of the Cruiser Olympia. Sing along with sea shanties, savor seafaring eats, and sip a glass of wine, all while supporting The Rosenbach and Independence Seaport Museum with a festive evening on land and sea.
  • 7:30 pm – 11:59: Marathon reading begins and continues until the book is done, roughly 24 hours later! Readings will happen throughout Independence Seaport Museum including from the deck of the Schooner Diligence and terraces overlooking the Delaware River.

Saturday, 10/20/2018

  • 12:00 am – 8:00 pm: Readings continue from midnight until the completion of the novel, which is anticipated between 7:00 and 8:00 pm
  • 11:30 am – 2:30 pm: Queequeg’s Chowder Tasting — Sample chowders from local restaurants, or just relish a bowl!