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Celebrate Edgar Allan Poe with The Big Read! April and May, 2011

Check out all of the events at the KPL in April and May for The Big Read! See Edgar Allan Poe return from the grave (Duffy Hudson), learn more about Poe's life (Duane Taylor), check out a movie, and read the book!
Celebrate Edgar Allan Poe with The Big Read!  April and May, 2011

Check out our Big Read events and celebrate the life and works of Edgar Allan Poe!

In April and May, the Keokuk Public Library and surrounding communities in Illinois are encouraging people to read the same book, Great Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe (also known as The Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe).  Copies of the book and other Big Read materials were purchased for the libraries through a Big Read grant.

Widely considered one of the most masterful and tortured writers in American history, Poe has enthralled readers with his twisted tales for over one hundred years.  Join us as we investigate his haunting legacy that continues to attract readers!


Poe Comes Back to Life!

The Big Read will kick off at the Keokuk Public Library on Thursday, April 7, 2011, at 7 p.m. in the Round Room with a performance by Duffy Hudson, entitled “In the Shadow of the Raven.”

Broadway and film veteran Duffy Hudson brings his talent and fascination for Edgar Allan Poe to life in this unique one-man play.  “In The Shadow of the Raven” begins as Edgar Allan Poe rises from the scene of his mysterious death and continues as he pieces together the events of his life.  Using a combination of biographical information and the dramatic interpretation of Poe’s literature, “Annabel Lee,” “The Raven,” and “The Tell Tale Heart,” Hudson provides a unique, in-depth theatrical experience of the life and works of one of America’s best-known and enigmatic personalities.

The event is free and open to all, however, the program is best suited for teens and adults.


Other upcoming (and FREE) Big Read events are:


  • Thursday, April 14th at 6:00 PM: Movie night at the library will present “Ladykillers,” a 2004 black comedy by Joel and Ethan Coen.  This 2004 movie remake stars Tom Hanks, an eccentric and charming Southern professor whose crew poses as a music band in order to rob a casino.  Hanks character and the movie itself reference Edgar Allan Poe.  Rated R for language.


For more information, please contact the Keokuk Public Library at (319) 524-1483, 210 N. 5th Street, or email Emily at


Big Read Events 2011

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