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Meet Author Mark Dawidziak

2023-02-14 19:00:00 2023-02-14 20:00:00 America/New_York Meet Author Mark Dawidziak Join us when author Mark Dawidziak visits to discuss his new book, <i>A Mystery of Mysteries: The Death and Life of Edgar Allen Poe</i>. Middleburg Heights Branch - Meeting Room A/B (120)

Tuesday, February 14
7:00pm - 8:00pm

Add to Calendar 2023-02-14 19:00:00 2023-02-14 20:00:00 America/New_York Meet Author Mark Dawidziak Join us when author Mark Dawidziak visits to discuss his new book, <i>A Mystery of Mysteries: The Death and Life of Edgar Allen Poe</i>. Middleburg Heights Branch - Meeting Room A/B (120)

Middleburg Heights Branch

Meeting Room A/B (120)

Join us when author Mark Dawidziak visits to discuss his new book, A Mystery of Mysteries: The Death and Life of Edgar Allen Poe.

About the author:

Mark Dawidziak is the author or editor of about 25 books, including three studies of landmark television series: The Columbo Phile: A CasebookThe Night Stalker Companion and Everything I Need to Know I Learned in The Twilight Zone, his lighthearted 2017 tribute to Rod Serling’s classic anthology series. He also is an internationally recognized Mark Twain scholar, and five of his books are about the iconic American writer. He spent 43 years as a television, film and theater critic at such newspapers as the Akron Beacon Journal and the Cleveland Plain Dealer. His work on the horror side of the street also includes the novel Grave SecretsThe Bedside, Bathtub & Armchair Companion to Dracula, short stories, and comic book scripts. He lives in Ohio.

A Mystery of Mysteries: The Death and Life of Edgar Allen Poe is a compelling dual-timeline narrative alternating between Poe’s increasingly desperate last months and his brief but impactful life, and Mark Dawidziak sheds new light on the enigmatic master of macabre.

It is a moment shrouded in horror and mystery. Edgar Allan Poe died on October 7, 1849, at just forty, in a painful, utterly bizarre manner that would not have been out of place in one of his own tales of terror. What was the cause of his untimely death, and what happened to him during the three missing days before he was found, delirious and “in great distress” on the streets of Baltimore, wearing ill-fitting clothes that were not his own?

Mystery and horror. Poe, who remains one of the most iconic of American writers, died under haunting circumstances that reflect the two literary genres he took to new heights. Over the years, there has been a staggering amount of speculation about the cause of death, from rabies and syphilis to suicide, alcoholism, and even murder. But many of these theories are formed on the basis of the caricature we have come to associate with Poe: the gloomy-eyed grandfather of Goth, hunched over a writing desk with a raven perched on one shoulder, drunkenly scribbling his chilling masterpieces. By debunking the myths of how he lived, we come closer to understanding the real Poe—and uncovering the truth behind his mysterious death, as a new theory emerges that could prove the cause of Poe’s death was haunting him all his life.

Books will be available for purchase courtesy of Mac's Backs - Books on Coventry.

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Middleburg Heights Branch

mdhmgr@cuyahogalibrary.org
Phone: 440.234.3600
Fax: 440.234.0849
Branch manager
Ronald Block

Hours
Mon, Dec 05 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Tue, Dec 06 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Wed, Dec 07 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Thu, Dec 08 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Fri, Dec 09 9:00AM to 5:30PM
Sat, Dec 10 9:00AM to 5:30PM
Sun, Dec 11 1:00PM to 5:00PM

Upcoming events

Thu, Dec 08, All day
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Fri, Dec 09, All day
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Sat, Dec 10, All day
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Mon, Dec 12, All day
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Mon, Dec 12, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Meeting Room A/B (120)
If your friends and family have said, “That’s a book!”, this entertaining and inspiring talk is for you.

Mon, Dec 12, 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Meeting Room A/B (120)
Read and then come to discuss The Mystery of Mrs. Christie by Marie Benedict. Copies of the book are available at the Circulation Desk one month in advance.

Tue, Dec 13, All day
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Wed, Dec 14, All day
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Wed, Dec 14, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Meeting Room A/B (120)
Make a winter wreath to decorate your home or to give to someone special.
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Thu, Dec 15, All day
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Fri, Dec 16, All day
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Tue, Dec 27, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Meeting Room A/B (120)
Love to write? Or completely new to writing but want to get started? Join other teens in our creative writing group and tap into your imagination through writing exercises, prompts, and activities.

Wed, Dec 28, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Meeting Room A/B (120)
Explore potential and kinetic energy and build a confetti launcher to ring in 2023.

Mon, Jan 02, 10:30am - 10:50am
Children's Activity Room (12)
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and books.

Mon, Jan 02, 7:00pm - 7:30pm
Children's Activity Room (12)
Join us for stories, songs and fingerplays.

Tue, Jan 03, 10:30am - 11:00am
Children's Activity Room (12)
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and stories.

Wed, Jan 04, 10:00am - 10:30am
Children's Activity Room (12)
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and books.

Wed, Jan 04, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Meeting Room A/B (120)
Join us for an overview of the library's ebook and digital magazine collections. Then do some hands on practice.

Sat, Jan 07, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Meeting Room A/B (120)
Enjoy bubble wrap activities for all ages.
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