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New Bedford Whaling Museum’s 25th annual ‘Moby-Dick’ reading marathon goes virtual

Museum President and CEO Amanda McMullen is confident that participants “will still be drawn in by the drama and excitement of the hunt for the white whale."

"Moby Dick" - Herman Melville. (Mallory Abreu for The Boston Globe)

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — The 25th annual cover-to-cover reading of Herman Melville’s classic “Moby-Dick” is going virtual.

Hundreds of readers from across the country recorded themselves reading passages from the man-versus-whale book and sent them in to the New Bedford Whaling Museum to be stitched together.

The final product will be played beginning Saturday starting at about 11:30 a.m. and run through Sunday ending around noon.

Museum President and CEO Amanda McMullen is confident that participants “will still be drawn in by the drama and excitement of the hunt for the white whale.”

“As always, there will be plenty of opportunities to have fun and to dive deeper into the content in our hosted talks with experts on zoom,” she said in a statement.

A virtual chat with Melville scholars is also scheduled for Saturday.

The novel was published in 1851, a decade after Melville set sail on his own whaling voyage.

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