Reading at Poe HouseI’ll be reading at the Edgar Allan Poe House in Baltimore Sunday, September 9, at 2 p.m. as part of the Poe House Presents Author Series. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the tiny little house has been closed since March so the event will be virtual. No matter where you are, you can join us! I am planning to read from Fort Moultrie, on Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina, where Mr. Poe was a young soldier. I’ll be visiting my niece—while following pandemic protocols. I look forward to reading The Oblong Box, a story Poe wrote while he was a young soldier living at the fort. I’ll also be reading from my own work. I don’t write horror so I plan to read from the ghost story inspired by my long hours volunteering at the house, as well as a snippet from my newest book, Inn By The Lake, a sweet romance to be published in December. I took part in the program last December and had a wonderful time. I read Poe’s very first published story, also written at this house, MS. Found in a Bottle to a full house — now remember, the rooms at the Poe House are small. I also read a short story I’ve written an introduction to my Poe ghost novel, which is also now on sale at the Poe House. Details about admission should be posted soon.
Baltimore Book FestivalI was planning to attend the Baltimore Book Festival but it will have to wait until 2021. Baltimore’s Office of Promotions and the Arts has canceled the 2020 edition, due no doubt to coronavirus worries. See you next year.
International Poe FestivalThe International Edgar Allan Poe Festival, now in its third year, is set to be held October 3-4, right outside the Poe House at 203N.Amity Street in West Baltimore. It is expected to be virtual, enabling the whole world to come. I’ve been a docent at the tiny house in West Baltimore for about five years or so, but the house has been closed since March, due to the pandemic. For more details, click here.