NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) - A Massachusetts whaling museum is hosting its 23rd annual read-a-thon of one of America's most celebrated novels - "Moby-Dick."
The reading will begin at noon Saturday and continue around the clock until 1 p.m. Sunday. More than 200 readers will participate in the event at the New Bedford Whaling Museum.
Besides the main reading, the museum will host two mini-marathons Saturday: a Portuguese-language reading of an abridged "Moby-Dick" and a children's version of the book.
There have been other cover-to-cover readings of the Herman Melville classic.
In July, visitors to Arrowhead - Melville's Pittsfield home - were treated to a full reading to celebrate the author's birthday. Melville wrote the book in Pittsfield.
Melville was born Aug. 1, 1819. He wrote "Moby-Dick" at Arrowhead in 1850 and 1851.