215 Main St
Northport NY 11768
12-7 p.m

Heckscher Park
Route 25A
Huntington, NY 11743

THE NORTHPORT HISTORICAL SOCIETY AND MUSEUM has been interpreting local history and culture for this historic North Shore Long Island village since 1962, including colonial and revolutionary war periods, the great shipbuilding and maritime era and other major industries, Prohibition and Depression history, and the community's role as a destination during the Gold Coast era for celebrities and famous residents. During the period 1958-1964, during which Jack Kerouac traveled to Big Sur and wrote the book based on his experiences, the author resided in Northport with his mother Gabrielle.

The historical society museum will host the BIG SUR MARATHON READING from 12-7 p.m. Among those scheduled to read are David Amram, Carolyn Cassady, Keir Dullea, Michele Esrick, John Cassidy, Peter Gerety, Ron Whitehead, Jason Eisenberg, John Sampas, and Kate Kelly. Musical accompaniment by Amram, Kevin Twigg and John DeWitt. Seating for the reading is limited, reservations are hourly seatings (approximate) are being taken. A small donation for seating has been suggested by the historical society.

Following the conclusion of the reading, event co-chair David Amram will perform in a free family open air concert, with the support of the Huntington Arts Council, at Heckscher Park, on Route 25A in the nearby village of Huntington. .

Washington Square Park- North Beach
556 Columbus Avenue
San Francisco Ca 94133.
(415) 989-2220
12-7 pm

THE NORTH BEACH CHAMBER OF COMMERCE is organizer of many community events on behalf of North Beach, the center of San Francisco, California's Little Italy, the National Shrine of St. Francis of Assisi, world-famous City Lights Books, and the unofficial West Coast "home of the Beat Generation." Among the many activities of the chamber is the annual North Beach Festival, which celebrated its 47th year in 2001 - the oldest urban street fair in America with an attendance of 100,000. North Beach is regarded as one of the great urban neighborhoods of the United States and is one of San Francisco's top tourist attractions.

The BIG SUR MARATHON READING will be held 12-7 p.m. in North Beach, in historic Washington Square Park. Among those sheduled to read are Phillip Lamantia, Frank Lauria, Gerald Nicosia, Jack Foley, Kevin Reilly, Kim McMillon, Neeli Cherkovsky, Gavin Newsom, Barry Gifford, Susan Stone, Gary Gach, Ed Moose, Floyd Salas, Jami Cassady, Cathy Cassady and Ianthe Brautigan. Musical accompaniment. 556 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco Ca 94133. 415/989-2220.

Alongside the Merrimack River

12-7 pm

LOWELL CELEBRATES KEROUAC! is a non-profit organization dedicated to the celebration, enjoyment and study of the 20th century American writer Jack Kerouac, who was born in Lowell Ma. The organization annually produces a major birthday celebration for Kerouac in March, and the Lowell Celebrates Kerouac Festival in October, when Kerouac fans from around the world gather to share the author's life and writings.

The BIG SUR MARATHON READING will be held in Kerouac Park, located alongside the Merrimack River, organized by LCK! president Lawrence Carradini and sponsored in part by LCK! and the Lowell Heritage State Park. Among those scheduled to read are Roger Brunelle, Lawrence Carradini, Meg Smith, Vincent Ferrini, Willie Alexander, Steve Edington, Paul Marion, Henry Ferrini, and John Weiners. With live "soundtrack" provided by Open House Cooperative featuring David Curry; with Charles Browkaw and Thalia Zedek of Come. Followed by a free concert at 7:30 featuring Typhoon Ferry and Cactus Highway. 1-877-KEROUAC.

25 Wall Street
Orlando, Florida
12-7 pm

THE JACK KEROUAC WRITER-IN-RESIDENCE PROJECT of Orlando, Florida, is a non-profit organization that has saved, purchased and renovated the Orlando house that Jack Kerouac lived in at the time ON THE ROAD made him a national sensation. It was also the house where he wrote his followup, THE DHARMA BUMS. Later, Kerouac traveled to Orlando and wrote BIG SUR in 1961. The Kerouac Project nurtures the careers of writers and poets of all ages, including a three month writer in residence program in the Kerouac House.

The BIG SUR MARATHON READING will be held at The Globe coffeehouse, THE GLOBE, 25 Wall Street, Orlando, 407-422-4279, from 12-7, coordinated by Marty Cummins and Loren Ford. Contact Ford at; or Cummins at Chapters Bread and Books, 717 W Smith St Orlando Fla. 32804. 407-246-1546.