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The Enduring Power of Moby-Dick

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Newberry Library

60 West Walton Street

Chicago, IL 60610

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A Keynote Address by Nathaniel Philbrick

Nathaniel Philbrick, author of In the Heart of the Sea and Why Read Moby-Dick?, explores the timeless relevance of Herman Melville’s masterpiece. In addition to dipping into the novel itself, Philbrick will talk about the circumstances of the book’s creation and the subsequent course of Melville’s literary career.

Philbrick’s address will kick off our Moby-Dick Read-a-Thon, lasting 25 continuous hours. By the end of the marathon reading, a series of readers-performers will have collectively read Moby-Dick (aloud) cover to cover!

Beginning at 10:30 am, people arriving for the keynote address will hear a reading of the prefatory material in Moby-Dick, the “Extracts” and “Etymology.”

This event is part of our programming in connection with the exhibition Melville: Finding America at Sea, sponsored by Elizabeth Amy Liebman. See it from January 18 through April 18, 2019, at the Newberry.

People with disabilities and other accessibility concerns can request to be seated first. To reserve an access-friendly space in the room, email publicprograms@newberry.org at least 48 hours before the event. Seats arranged in this way will be held until 10 minutes before the event starts.

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