(via Bauman Rare Books)

Herman Melville's magnum opus, Moby Dick (or Moby-Dick, or The Whale... whichever you prefer) was published on November 14th, 1851. The author lived another forty years after publication, but during that time only 3,200 copies were sold. New York's literary underground is where it was most appreciated in its earlier days, so it's even more fitting that writers will be reading from the novel all over Manhattan this weekend, its 163rd anniversary.

The second biennial New York City three-day marathon-style reading (which was funded via Kickstarter) takes place the 14th, 15th, and 16th, and will be held at the Ace Hotel, the South Street Seaport Museum, and Housing Works Bookstore Cafe.

Check out the full schedule here, as well as the list of readers, which includes Ophira Eisenberg, Rosie Schaap, Emily Gould, Choire Sicha, Girls actor Alex Karpovsky, and more.