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.
Katelyn McBride’s life changed in an instant when her mother died. Uprooted from her California home, Katelyn was shipped to the middle of nowhere, Arkansas, to her only living relative, her grandfather. And now she has to start over in Wolf Springs, a tiny village in the Ozark Mountains. Like any small town, Wolf Springs has secrets. But the secrets hidden here are more sinister than Katelyn could ever imagine. It’s a town with a history that reaches back centuries, spans continents, and conceals terrifying truths. And Katelyn McBride is about to change everything.
Broken families, ageless grudges, forced alliances, and love that blooms in the darkest night—welcome to Wolf Springs.
About the Author
Nancy Holder is the New York Times bestselling author of the Wicked series (with coauthor Debbie Viguié) and the Possessions series. She has written many novels and short stories set in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Hellboy, and Smallville universes. A four-time winner of the Bram Stoker Award from the Horror Writers Association, she is a former director of children’s ministries for her local United Methodist church. She lives in San Diego with her daughter, Belle, two cats, and Panda Monium Holder, a Cardigan Welsh Corgi.
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.