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Provincetown will join New Bedford MA, Mystic CT, and New York City in celebrating its rich whaling heritage by hosting the second annual Provincetown Public Library Moby-Dick Marathon Reading in April 2017. Published in 1851, Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick chronicles the obsessive quest of Ahab, captain of the whaler Pequod, for revenge on a massive white whale responsible for destroying his ship and severing his leg at the knee during a previous voyage. The three-day marathon-style reading of this nineteenth century masterpiece will be held on the Provincetown Library’s Second Level on the starboard side of the Rose Dorothea Model, and officially begins at 2:00 pm on Friday, April 21. The full weekend schedule is as follows:

Friday, April 21: 2 pm to 8 pm
Saturday, April 22: 10 am to 10 pm
Sunday, April 23: 10 am to 4 pm

This event will bring together over 120 participants at the Provincetown Library to read Melville’s classic work aloud over a total of 24 hours. Last year’s inaugural edition of the Marathon was a tremendous success, bringing more than 500 visitors to the Library. The three day event unites members of Provincetown’s literary, art, theater and academic communities. Admission to the Marathon is free.

Provincetown holds a rich whaling history dating back to the early 1800s when skilled Portuguese seamen settled at Land’s End where they started families, manned ships, and became captains of their own vessels. By 1870, the whaling industry had created a since-unrivaled era of prosperity in Provincetown, then ranking as one of the richest towns in Massachusetts. In the century between 1820 and 1920, more than 160 vessels were outfitted from Provincetown, ranking her third in the U.S. in voyages launched (902).

Organic Cotton Moby-Dick Marathon Tote

Certified 100% organic cotton tote bag featuring the official logo of the 2017 Provincetown Library Moby-Dick Marathon Reading event. Open main compartment holds groceries and other items. Soft cotton cording handles with grommet accents for durability. 9″ drop height handles make this bag easy to tote around.

2017 Moby-Dick Marathon Reading T-Shirt

100% cotton limited edition white t-shirt featuring the official logo of the 2017 Provincetown Public Library Moby-Dick Marathon Reading.

Herman Melville Postcard

4 x 6 inches. Mellow, satin finish. Full-color front / single-color back. Caption on the back:
“Herman Melville (1819–1891) wrote ‘Bartleby, the Scrivener’ and was a respected customs inspector.”

Special Thanks to Our 2017 Sponsors

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Presenting Sponsor: Bay State Cruise Company

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