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Edgar Allan Poe

When looking for post ideas for the Big Read blog, I often like to browse through our online events calendar for topics. Our Big Read communities always have tons of great events out there, but every once in a while, one will really stand out and make me itch to participate. I had that exact...
The mascot for the Baltimore Ravens is a Raven named Poe. The Ravens, the 2013 Super Bowl Champions, are the only football team to be named after a poem. Photo by Phil Hoffman I have to admit, I've never really shown much interest in football. But my husband is a big sports fan, and so our Sunday...
Lou Reed. Image by Timothy Greenfield Sanders used courtesy of Esther Creative Group Yes, that Lou Reed, the lead singer and songwriter of the Velvet Underground. A few years ago when we were producing the audio guide to The Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe , I stumbled upon something...
Edgar Allan Poe. Image courtesy of the Library of Congress Edgar Allan Poe. Image courtesy of the Library of Congress With Halloween on the horizon, it seemed a particularly good time to sit down with Baltimore mystery writer Laura Lippman and talk about the master of horror fiction--- Edgar Allan...
The Golden family poses with Poe in front of St. Mary’s Church in Massillon, Ohio, the site of the Big Read Kick Off event. The gothic architecture was the perfect setting for the Edgar Allen Poe theme. Photo courtesy of the Massillon Museum This spring, residents of Stark County, Ohio, have been...
By Rebecca Gross The finished Edgar Allan Poe mural, created by youth at the Logan Heights branch of the San Diego Public Library. Photo by Veronica Murphy As children, our first experience with books is typically hearing stories read out loud. Later, as cognition improves, we begin reading out...
This week, we marked the birthday of Edgar Allan Poe who was born on January 19, 1809. We tend to think of Poe as a master of gothic fiction creaky with horror or as a poet mourning a lost love in language that is lushly beautiful. These descriptions are accurate, as far as they go, but that’s only...
Venetian Mask photo by ralev_com via stock.xchng The folks at Illinois' Quincy Public Library are reading The Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe for their Big Read program, and they've planned out a calendar full of events, including film screenings, lectures, theatrical performances---even a...
Gaia holding his print, The Raven (Forevermore). Photo by Edward Winter Photography Situated amid a housing project in west Baltimore, the tiny brick rowhouse at 203 Amity Street might strike visitors as an unlikely national landmark. Yet it was here that Edgar Allan Poe lived from 1832 or '33 to...
Whitewater, WI Students who helped to create a mural based on Edgar Allan Poe?s stories and poems pose in front of the final artwork. Photo courtesy of University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Young Auditorium ?s Big Read may have concluded last week, but the community will have a visual reminder of the...

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