Book Discussion: 'Moby Dick' – Land Chapters – Front Matter and Ch 1-23

calendar icon September 28, 2022 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The reading group is currently full! Thank you for your interest in joining. We'll take this enthusiasm to offer future groups.

"Call me Ishmael." And we will this fall, on Wednesday, September 14 at 6:00 PM at the Blue Hill Public Library. A reading group for those interested in finishing this classic American novel, dipping in for the first time, and those who reached the Epilogue some years ago. 

Over five meetings from September to November, we'll read Moby Dick or, The Whale in four parts, facilitated by Matt Shaw of Blue Hill Books. Our group will share encouragement, laughs, wonder and along the way. In the middle of our journey, Wyn Kelley will join us for a discussion session. Wyn is a member of the Literature Faculty at MIT, where her scholarship focuses on Herman Melville’s works in transatlantic contexts and on the intersections of traditional and new media. Currently Associate Director of the Melville Electronic Library (MEL), an interactive archive of Melville’s texts, sources, and adaptations, she is also founding member of the Melville Society Cultural Project, which collaborates with the New Bedford Whaling Museum on projects related to Melville, whaling, and climate change.

The group will meet in person at the library where copies of the novel will be available. Blue Hill Books will also have copies available at a 20% discount. It is recommended, but not required, to read the Penguin Classics edition. Participants are encouraged to read the Introduction in whichever version they choose, in advance of our first meeting. 

This reading group is co-sponsored by Blue Hill Books and Blue Hill Public Library, is free to join, and open to everyone. For more information, please contact Matt at or call 374-5632. Register using the library's interactive online calendar. 

Location: Bass Room
Event Type: Discussion Group
Registration: Yes
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