The BIG READ is a community-wide literacy program with the opportunity to read, discuss, and celebrate literature. Our book selection this year is Edgar Allan Poe’s Great Tales and Poems. The program will have community-based reading programs featuring activities such as book discussions, lectures, movie screenings, live productions and art events. Free books will be distributed throughout the community. More information can be found at www.bigread.org.
Get ready for the BIG READ with an audio dive into the haunting world of Poe. Tune in for this 30-minute documentary that explores Poe's live, work, bouts with poverty, alcoholism, & more.
The spirit of Edgar Allen Poe fills the Alhambra Theatre! Poe's ghost appears in the form of Helen McKenna, whose renowned personification of the horror master has been described as astonishing. Combining dramatic readings with documented facts of Poe's life, this performance is sure to sent chills down you spine. A Poe-themed photo booth, a student art exhibit, and free copies of the book to the first 100 readers!
Roll up your sleeve and donate a pint to the Western Kentucky Regional Blood Center's blood mobile during this Poe-themed blood drive. To schedule an appointment, contact Robbin Shively at 888-684-9296.
Author of more than 20 books on Kentucky regional history and lore, Dr. Lynwood Montell shares his expertise through storytelling of various ghost stories, including "The Young Woman in the Window."
Join us for this multi-group discussion of a selection of Poe's short stories and poems. This event is open to book club members and people looking to join a book club. Enjoy wine, cheese, laughs, and Poe-themed fun.
Emily Fox-Hill, a scholar of both Poe and Cayce, weaves together both Edgars' perspectives of dreams & their interpretation.
Based on the Cayce readings, this interactive workshop will help participants read their own dreams for guidance. Limited to 20 participants; call the Museum at 270-887-4270 to register.
Poe defined the short story like no writer before or since. Peggy Kemp and Sarah Kranz will lead this workshop to teach the formula Poe developed. Craft your own masterpiece to enter in the WKMS "Give Me Some Poe" Short Story-Telling Contest.
Watch two of Poe's most well-known pieces in these adaptations for the big screen
2:00pm: The Pit and the Pendulum (1961), starring Vincent Price
4:00pm: The Raven (2012), starring John Cusack (rated R)
Inspired by 19th century scientific romances and the steam-powered era, steampunk jewelry combines industrial and romantic elements in a unique style. This free, funky workshop is limited to 12 participants. Contact Henrietta Kemp at email@example.com or at 270-887-8972.
Edgar Allan Poe wrote psychological thrillers, or mysteries and tales of horror that play on psychological vulnerabilities shared by most people. What did Poe get so right? What do modern depictions get so wrong? Dr. Susan Vaught, Western State Hospital, hopes to answer these questions.
The Bosch Institute presents this theatrical audio collage that brings Poe's most famous poem to life in a way that draws on its musicality, drama, and symbolism.
Just like William Legrand in "The Gold Bug," you will need your best decoding skills to decipher the cryptographic clues to find the location of the treasure. Crack the clues on your own - or in a team of up to four people. Call the museum at 270-887-4270 to reserve your spot!
This film investigates the life and work of Poe by examining his relationships with the women in his life. Tenuous at best, disastrous at worst - these relationships provided the inspiration for some of the most well-known and terrifying short stories and poems of the 19th century.
This 2012 thriller is a fictionalized account of the last days of Poe's life as he pursues a serial killer whose murders mirror those in Poe's stories.
Storytelling, face painting, pumpkin decorating*, games, and more at the library. A perfect spooky evening for little readers!
*While Supplies Last
Tour the tombstones with the Museums of Hopkinsville and learn more about the art and history of this final resting place. After a delicious supper from the Pioneers, convene n the chapel to heat from local folks who made their way to the cemetery in ways that only Poe could have imagined. Tours start at 4:30pm; supper will be served at 5:30pm; and the show starts at 6:30pm. Call the Museum at 270-887-4270 to reserve your spot! $12 per person.
Stop by Griffin's Studio on 6th Street to paint your own masterpiece inspired by Poe. Painting materials and 9"x12" canvases with pre-sketched scenes will be provided. $10 per person.
It's sunset in the river bottom below the cemetery, and Halloween is in the air. With the tales of Poe lurking in our minds, we can't think of a better evening to share a spooky story with a little local flare. Join Mr. William Turner at Jeffers Band as he shares our favorite campfire tale - The Legend of the Bell Witch.
These fabulous local eateries offer a special dish or a special deal in honor of Poe and The BIG READ. Bring a copy of your book!
Poe's poems will add an extra literary element to this costume party for students on HCC's campus.
Sip a coffee and discuss Poe's characters, themes, and symbolism after school with HCCPL's Teen-Tivity Leader, Tressa Childs.
Sink your teeth into a night of sweet treats, spooky music, and family fun!
Do you love horror movies? What about scary stories? Put your knowledge to the test in this fun-filled trivia game.
What stories does your family tree tell? Discover how resources at the Library can uncover your family history, while you enjoy Poe's genealogy.
Age-appropriate titles that reflect Poe's themes will be read to thousands of local preschool and elementary students. To volunteer, contact the Literacy Council at 270-962-7114 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sample local brews as folks dramatically read some of Poe's poems. Have a poem of your own to share? Step up to the mic!
The historic theater brings the stories and poems of Poe and the winners of the WKMS contest to life with readings and performances in this dramatic conclusion of the BIG READ. We'll supply the masks and Amontillado. (Click here to read Murray State's news release.)