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Moby Dick Read-a-thon Kicks Off in New Bedford

New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell reads Chapter Two of “Moby Dick” at the start of this weekend’s Moby Dick Marathon at the Whaling Museum

Readers have been taking to the podium at the Whaling Museum all night as part of the 17th Annual Moby Dick Marathon. Over 160 politicians, business leaders and members of the community are taking part in the event, reading the Herman Melville classic aloud from cover-to-cover. Long time Museum volunteer Susan Grosart talks about what makes the Marathon an exciting event for her.

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The marathon reading of the book kicked off just after noontime on Saturday, with retired Congressman Barney Frank reciting the famous opening line, “Call me Ishmael”. Three art exhibits tied to whaling and Melville’s novel are also on display at the Museum as part of the event, which wraps up this afternoon around 1 pm.

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