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Big Read: Writing Gothic - A Lively Discussion of the Macabre

Tuesday October 7, 2014
07:00 pm

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On the anniversary of Edgar Allan Poe’s death, join us for a discussion about the darker side of fiction and the relevance of the gothic in literature today with Edward Carey, author of Heap House and Observatory Mansions, and Shelley Jackson, author of Half Life and Skin (a story tattooed serially on 2095 volunteers). There will be a short reading from Poe’s work, and Edward Gorey’s fur coat will make an appearance. Moderated by writer and bookseller A. N. Devers.



This event will take place at The Community Bookstore in Brooklyn at 143 7th Avenue.


Edward Carey is a playwright, novelist and illustrator. He has worked for the theatre in London, Lithuania and Romania and with a shadow puppet master in Malaysia. He has written two illustrated novels for adults - Observatory Mansions and Alva and Irva - and both have been translated into many different languages. He lives in Austin, Texas, where he wrote the Iremonger Trilogy because he missed feeling cold and gloomy. 


Shelley Jackson is the author of the short story collection The Melancholy of Anatomy, the hypertext novel Patchwork Girl, several children's books, and "Skin," a story published in tattoos on the skin of more than two thousand volunteers. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Find out more on the Community Bookstore website.