“Our first port is San Francisco…and thence, I hardly know where.” — Herman Melville, 28 May 1860

The 2015 San Francisco Moby-Dick Marathon was a great success! We’re going to let the sails down and drift for a bit before starting to plan for 2016’s SFMDM. Will plan on being in touch again in the new year. Until then, please check out the very cool article about the marathon in the SF Chronicle, and of course please feel free to click around the site as well.



San Francisco will soon welcome Herman Melville back to the Barbary Coast with a marathon reading of Moby-Dick at the Firehouse at Fort Mason on October 24 and 25. The event will feature over 100 readers and performers who will bring the beloved classic to life, and will include food trucks, locally-brewed beer, and plenty of coffee to keep readers and listeners sustained throughout. The reading will begin at noon on Saturday October 24th, continuing through the night until roughly noon on Sunday the 25th, and is free for all to attend.

The event follows in the tradition of marathon readings of Moby-Dick that take place annually in Mystic Seaport, CTNew York City and New Bedford, MA. The organizing committee’s goal is to make this reading a unique celebration in the spirit of San Francisco, with a festival atmosphere and readers of all stripes coming together to celebrate the classic novel. Organizations represented at the event will include Green Apple Books, the South End Rowing Club, 826 Valencia, Cal-Berkeley, Cal-Maritime, Stanford, and SFSU, with more groups from the Bay Area’s literary and sea-faring communities joining the chorus of enthusiasm daily as we spread the word.

We are currently taking sign-ups for readers, who can choose to either read a favorite chapter or be assigned to one by time. Please see our Get Involved and Sign Up to Read pages for more information!

Our hope is that this will be the first annual Moby-Dick reading in San Francisco – the first of many to come in a city long-steeped in the traditions of literature, community, and setting out to sea and into the great unknown. We hope to see you there!