Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore is proud to partner with WriteOutLoud to host a Big Read celebration of the works of Edgar Allan Poe. Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, The Big Read program seeks to ensure that reading remains at the center of American culture.
Our featured author for this event will be NY Times best selling author Nancy Holder, discussing Poe and his influence on horror writing. In honor of World Book Night, 20 copies of The Great Tales & Poems of Edgar Allan Poe will be distributed for attendees to share with light and non-readers.
Also participating will be members of WriteOutLoud. WriteOutLoud is a collective of actors, who read and perform literary works in order to inspire in their audience a shared passion for reading. The event is part of WriteOutLoud's Shades of Poe program, a month-long community-wide celebration of the works of Edgar Allen Poe, featuring readings, discussions, film screenings and presentations of original works inspired by Poe. More information about the Shades of Poe program may be found here.
A compact selection of Poe’s greatest stories and poems, chosen by the National Endowment for the Arts for their Big Read program.
This selection of eleven stories and seven poems contains such famously chilling masterpieces of the storyteller’s art as “The Tell-tale Heart,” “The Fall of the House of Usher,” “The Cask of Amontillado,” and “The Pit and the Pendulum,” and such unforgettable poems as “The Raven,” “The Bells,” and “Annabel Lee.” Poe is widely credited with pioneering the detective story, represented here by “The Purloined Letter,” “The Mystery of Marie Roget,” and “The Murders in the Rue Morgue.”
Also included is his essay “The Philosophy of Composition,” in which he lays out his theory of how good writers write, describing how he constructed “The Raven” as an example.