Call Them Ishmael: Sag Harbor Readers Embark on Moby Dick Marathon

Moby-Dick comes to Sag Harbor this weekend.

The Sag Harbor Moby Dick Marathon kicks off this morning at 11 a.m. at Canio’s Books, continuing throughout the weekend at cultural venues throughout the village, with readings by news folks, authors and community leaders.

The opening chapter, “Loomings,” the introduction to our narrator, Ishmael, will kick off with readings beginning at 11 a.m. by actor Harris Yulin, novelist Alan Furst, Canio’s founder Canio Pavone and author Ursela Hegi, before moving to the Old Whalers’ Church at 44 Union Street for the chapters from the Whalemen’s Chapel from 12:30 to 3:45 p.m. Friday’s sessions then move back to Canio’s Books from 4 to 10 p.m.

Saturday’s readings begin at the Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum at 200 Main Street from 10 a.m. to 1:50 p.m., moving across the street to the John Jermain Memorial Library at 201 Main Street from 2 to 5:45 p.m. and then back to Canio’s Books from 6 to 10 p.m.

Sunday’s readings continue at the Eastville Historical Society at 139 Hampton Street from 11 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. and then return to Canio’s until the reading is finished at 6 p.m., followed by an after party.

Several hours of readings are being conducted by individual businesses. The crew of The Sag Harbor Express will read on Friday from 1 to 2 p.m., a crew from Bridgehampton National Bank will read on Friday from 5 to 6 p.m. The Press News Group takes their turn Friday from 6 to 7 p.m., followed by Dan’s Papers from 7 to 8 p.m.

The cast of the MFA in Writing Program at Stony Brook Southampton will read Saturday from 7 to 8 p.m. at Canio’s Books. Members of Racial Justice East End will read at the Eastville Historical Society on Sunday from noon to 1:15 p.m., and broadcasters from 89.5 WPKN will read at Canio’s Books from 2 to 3 p.m.

Here’s the full list of readers.

Marathon t-shirts are available at Canio’s Books for $25, and costumes and creativity are encouraged throughout the event.

The afterparty at Canio’s Books will include a silent auction, including a special edition Marathon Book signed by all the readers, original artwork by Jules Feiffer & Claus Hoie, Bay Street Theater tickets and a cruise aboard the Marlinspike.

Canio’s Books is located at 290 Main Street in Sag Harbor, and can be reached at 631.725.4926.

Beth Young

Beth Young has been covering the East End since the 1990s. In her spare time, she runs around the block, tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at

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