From our friends at the Independent Publishing Resource Center:

Herman Melville’s Moby Dick is among the most daring novels of all time. It’s a book for the ages: although published in the 1850’s, the story has uncanny resonance with our contemporary ecological, political and spiritual conditions. And the fact that Moby Dick was a commericial flop during its own conservative era speaks volumes to the current imperiled state of the publishing industry, as traditional structures of literary authority crumble and more independent voices arise in print and online.

In the spirit of adventure and artistic independence–and as a means of bringing this epic, polyphonic book alive–we invite you to join us tonight for Take To the Ship–a 24-hour live reading of Moby Dick. Powell’s Books will host the first five hours of the reading; readers include Arthur Bradford, Monica Drake, Jon Raymond, Laura Gibson, Kevin Sampsell, Scrappers, Sarah Mirk, A.M. O’Malley, Justin Hocking, Viva Las Vegas, BT Shaw, Alison Hallet, Mykkle Hansen, Carrot Quinn, Chris Haberman, Erik Henriksen, Courtenay Haymeister and more.

The second half of the event will take place at a private residence, open to IPRC members and confirmed readers only. To find out the secret location, please present your IPRC membership card at the IPRC volunteer table at Powell’s this evening. If you’re not currently a member, you can join right now on the IPRC website; 3-month trial memberships are only $25.

Take To the Ship Reading
Begins 5pm, February 11, 2011
@Powell’s Books on Burnside (5pm-10pm; open to public)
PLUS a Location TBA (10pm-5pm; IPRC members only)
Free; Donations Welcome
For more info visit taketotheship.com

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