We’ve gained a bit of experience faring with what nature can throw at us in recent weeks, but nothing can top what Ishmael, Captain Ahab, and the rest of the Pequod crew endure on their quest for revenge against one of literature’s most well-known and vicious marine mammals in Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick, or, the Whale. Across Manhattan and Brooklyn, bookstores will be celebrating the anniversary of this American classic with the first Moby-Dick Marathon, featuring more than 100 readers and all 135 chapters of this epic sea adventure. On Friday at Word Bookstore, actor Paul Dano of Little Miss Sunshine fame will be kicking off the chase that, by the end of the weekend, will have the entire city calling themselves Ishmael. Friday at 6, Word Bookstore, 126 Franklin Street, Brooklyn; Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m., Housing Works Bookstore Café, 126 Crosby Street; Saturday evening, 
Molasses Books, 770 Hart Street, Brooklyn.

Fri., Nov. 16, 6 p.m., 2012

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