The people of Provincetown will embark on a captivating journey when they participate in a three-day "Moby-Dick" marathon reading in April 2016. The event is hosted by the Provincetown Public Library. Similar marathon readings of the classic novel by Herman Melville will also be conducted in New Bedford, Mystic, CT and New York City.
The marathon will be held over three days, Friday, April 22 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, April 23 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, April 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. More than 120 people from the town's local library groups, schools and art and literary organizations will participate in the 24-hour event, each reading for 20 minutes.
The event celebrates the rich whaling history of Provincetown and the other prominent ports in New England and New York. "This is an excellent opportunity for the library to celebrate a literary classic and also pay tribute to an industry that truly shaped our town's culture and history," Board of Library Trustees Chairman Jim Johnson said.
Provincetown's whaling history dates back to the early 1800s. In the 1870s whaling made Provincetown one of the richest towns in Massachusetts. Between 1820 and 1920, more than 160 vessels were outfitted from the town at the Cape's tip, according to the library.
"The Library Trustees have high hopes that the 'Moby-Dick' Marathon Reading will be a special weekend that brings together the community and visitors alike," Johnson said. The event will be held in the Marc Jacobs Reading Room at the library.
Anyone interested in participating should contact Provincetown Public Library Director Matt Clark at [email protected] or 508-816-6373.