From The Register-Mail:
The Big Read kicks off with â€œAn Evening with Edgar Allan Poeâ€ at The Orpheum Theatre on Saturday.
â€œThe Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poeâ€ has been selected for the 2011 BigÂ Read.
Karly Steele, reference librarian at the Galesburg Public Library who oversees Big Read, said Poe was selected because â€œwe had a lot of response with paranormal activities and thought it would be fun that all ages could be involved in. Everyone loves a good scary story.â€
At the 7 p.m. event on Saturday, which is free, Poe will be portrayed by David Keltz, who gave his first performance at Edgar Allan Poe on Halloween night 1991 at Poeâ€™s grave.
He will be reciting â€œEldorado,â€ â€œThe Tell-Tale Heart,â€ â€œThe Black Cat,â€ â€œThe Raven,â€ and â€œThe Bells,â€ according to Steele.
Keltz has performed in Prague, Czech Republic, for the International Poe Festival, opening the festival at the Rudolfinum Concert Hall with â€œThe Bells.â€ Stateside, he brings Edgar Poe to life throughout the United States for elementary and high schools, universities and private organizations…
Upcoming Edgar Allan Poe Events
– March 8, 1 p.m. â€” Book discussion of â€œThe Beautiful Cigar Girlâ€ by Daniel Stashower, a book about the true history behind Poeâ€™s tale â€œThe Mystery of Marie Roget.â€ The author will join in on the conversation by phone. 2 p.m. â€” â€œEdgar Allan Poe: Biography.â€ Learn more about this complex and versatile writer in a free viewing of the A&E Biography of Edgar Allan Poe, upstairs at the Galesburg Public Library.
– March 24, 6:30 p.m. â€” Decoding Poe. Knox College professor John Dooley will lead a discussion about the use of cryptography in Poeâ€™s short story â€œThe Gold Bugâ€ and other works of fiction. Free and open to all, upstairs at the Galesburg Public Library.
– March 28, 6:30 p.m. â€” The Ghosts of Edgar Allan Poe. Come to the Charger Center, 1200 Buchanan St., Carthage, to spend a spine-tingling evening in the parlor of Edgar Allan Poe. Actor and educator Brian â€œFoxâ€ Ellis will recount the tormented true tales of Poeâ€™s life and how they led to his classic tales of terror. For more information, call the Carthage Public Library at (217) 357-3232.
– April 7, 7 p.m. â€” Paranormal investigator Sylvia Shults will present a bone-chilling program about ghosts in Illinois at the Galesburg Public Library. The first 20 attendees will receive a free copy of her book, â€œGhosts of the Illinois River.â€ Teens and older children are invited to join.