The “awakening” begins with a project launch from 6 to 8 p.m. on October 8, the day after Poe’s recorded date of death, at Henry Ford Centennial Library, 16301 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn. The event will include a film screening, a call for original Poe inspired stories or poems, and a craft to make flat Poes, ravens, or black cats, which can be used for a photo op. Who knows what form Poe will take?
The real fun starts with a big kickoff event at Henry Ford Centennial Library on February 6 from 2-4 p.m., featuring music from Poe’s era, dramatic readings from his works, and the unveiling of his special tabloid created by students of Dearborn Public Schools. Throughout February and March, there will be a series of Poe related events for children, teens, and adults including a film festival, a dream interpretation presentation, mysteries in the library, book discussions, lectures (ravens, forensics, mortuary science, oh my!), and much more.
There are plans to purchase 400 copies of the book in paperback for the kickoff and print 10,000 copies in tabloid format for the entire program. In addition to this, dual language Arabic/English copies will be available. Local area schools will incorporate Poe into their curriculum in fun and exciting ways.
The program will wrap up in March with a special visit from Poe himself! Please check back here for updates.