Photos from Author Meet & Greet

Author Group Photo (take one)Authors of Dreaming Dreams, a community anthology of Poe-inspired stories and poems, came together on October 25 at Henry Ford Centennial Library for a meet & greet, public readings, and autographs. Click here to see photos from the event. Click here to see the program guide, which includes a list of all the authors who read their work in the auditorium. What a special night! Thank you to all the authors and everyone else who helped make it a success!

We also wanted to note that one of the authors, Debbie Okun Hill, wrote a wonderful blog post about the event. Click here to read her post.

Poe Book: Author Meet & Greet

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Some of the book’s authors with Poe at the Big Read Wrap Up Party in March.

The Dearborn Public Library is hosting a public “Meet & Greet” on Oct. 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Henry Ford Centennial Library for the authors of Dreaming Dreams No Mortal Ever Dared to Dream Before, a community anthology of Edgar Allan Poe-inspired stories and poems created by over 150 authors, many of whom have close ties to Dearborn.

The event is free and registration is not required. Light refreshments will be served.

The book was a result of the Big Read celebration of Edgar Allan Poe earlier in 2016. Its chapter headings include: Celestial, Dreams, Ghost, Horror, Madness, Mystery, Poetry, and Tribute.

There will be an opportunity for 10-15 authors to sign up to read their story or poem to the audience.

A limited number of copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event for $16 each. Copies can also be purchased online at Createspace.com or Amazon.com. All proceeds go towards funding future community-wide reading projects in and around Dearborn. Additionally, with a Dearborn Public Library card, you can reserve a copy for checkout here.

Click here for an event flyer.

Hope to see you there!

Dreaming Dreams Book Now Available at HFCL (and branches next week)

A limited number of paperback copies of the Dreaming Dreams book are now available for purchase at Henry Ford Centennial Library (HFCL), 16301 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn, at the Adult Reference Desk or in Administration for $16 each (no tax). We accept cash, or checks made out to Friends of the Library-Dearborn. Copies will also be available at the branches (Bryant and Esper) next week. Check Library hours at our website.

We still have a few copies of Animal Tales, which was the book from our previous Big Read, available in Administration at HFCL. There is a “deal” going on: Buy a copy of Dreaming Dreams AND Animal Tales for $25.

Copies of Dreaming Dreams can still purchased online through CreateSpace (www.createspace.com/6317921) or Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/Dreaming-Dreams-Mortal-Dared-Before/dp/1535290900/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1470754207&sr=8-1&keywords=dreaming+dreams+no+mortal+ever+dared+to+dream+before). When copies are purchased online, they cost $16 each plus shipping.

We are working on adding copies to the Library collection for checkout. We hope to let you know as soon as those are ready.

Thank you so much and have a good weekend!

Dreaming Dreams Book Is Now Available!

Dreaming Dreams Front Cover Final JPEGThank you very much for your patience. The book, Dreaming Dreams No Mortal Ever Dared to Dream Before, is now available! Please spread the word. Here is a flyer to post or share with your friends and family.

In this collection of Poe inspired stories and poems, you will find dreams (and nightmares), ghost stories, horror, madness, mystery, imagination, and even some humor. It is about 450 pages long and has works from over 150 authors.

Paperback copies are $16 each (plus shipping if ordered online). To order copies online, visit www.createspace.com/6317921

  • Click on “Add to Cart”
  • Enter your email address, select “I am a new customer,” and click on “Log In”
  • Set up your account (enter first and last name, choose password) and click “Continue”
  • Select quantity you would like to order and click “Check Out”
  • Enter shipping address, billing information, and review your order

It is also available for purchase here on Amazon.com. Consider asking your friends and family to read it and write reviews. There is even a “Look Inside” feature, so you can get a glimpse of what the book looks like inside.

However, we should note that the Library receives slightly more revenue if copies are purchased directly from CreateSpace.com. Any funds raised from this book will go towards future Big Reads in Dearborn.

We will be purchasing a limited number of copies to sell at all Dearborn Public Library branches for $16 each. We will add some copies to the collection, so with a Dearborn Public Library card you will be able to check out a copy for free. We will let you know when those copies are available. For now, copies can be purchased online at the sites listed above.

We hope you enjoy this anthology. To the authors who contributed works: congratulations on your achievement! We hope to preserve your stories and poems for future generations. Thank you to the community for all your help and support!

 

Dreaming Dreams Book Coming Soon

Get ready for the last installment of The Big Read! The book of Poe inspired stories and poems, entitled Dreaming Dreams No Mortal Ever Dared to Dream Before, will be coming out soon.

Once the book is available, paperback print-on-demand copies can be purchased from Createspace.com or Amazon.com. We anticipate the cost will be $20 per copy. Any proceeds will go towards funding future Big Reads in Dearborn. We will also be adding copies to the library collection, so with a Dearborn Public Library card, you can check out a copy for free.

We have over 150 authors in the collection, and the book is about 440 pages long!  The book contains an introduction, and eight chapters with author bios, acknowledgements, and an author index at the end. The formatting of the book is similar to the first community anthology we published entitled Call of the Wild Dearborn: Animal Tales, though it will be about 100 pages longer than Animal Tales. 

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We’re very excited about this project! Please visit bigreaddearborn.org for updates, and we hope to have the Poe book available soon–within the next month or so. Thank you very much for your support and for your patience.

Wrap Up Event on March 19: Meet Poe!

The Big Read Wrap Up Event is on Saturday, March 19, 2-4 p.m. at Henry Ford Centennial Library. Hope you can attend! This is your chance to meet Poe, hear his story, and ask him questions! Click here to view the flyer and here to view a front-page article from the Dearborn Press & Guide. We also will have the drawing for a FREE night at the Poe House, courtesy of Dearborn Inn. Additionally, you will have a chance to view a draft copy of Dreaming Dreams No Mortal Ever Dared to Dream Before, the anthology of Poe inspired stories and poems with contributions from over 150 authors, many of whom have close ties to Dearborn. Click here to view a draft of the cover. Big Read 2015-16 image Poe for Wrap Up Event

Upcoming Events Week 6 (last week of The Big Read!)

 

March 14: Book Discussion

Location: 

Henry Ford College – Eshleman Library, 5101 Evergreen Rd., Dearborn 

12:00 – 1:00pm

Discuss Poe’s “Great Tales and Poems” with Professor John Rietz of Henry Ford College. 

March 15: Al Aaraaf Lecture

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Arab American National Museum, 13624 Michigan Ave., Dearborn

6:00 – 7:00pm

Using Poe’s early poem “Al Aaraaf” as a focal point, Professor Stephen Rachman of Michigan State University will explore Poe’s interest in Arab and Islamic literature, his orientalism, and its connections to his more famous works. 

March 16: Paranormal Investigations: The Spirit of Poe

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Caroline Kennedy Library, 24590 George St., Dearborn Heights

7:00 – 8:30pm

Kristy Robinett has always had helpers in spirit, but when she was thirteen, she met the most fascinating spirit guide of all: Edgar Allan Poe. Robinett’s book, Forevermore: Guided in Spirit by Edgar Allan Poe, tells the true story of how Edgar Allan Poe helps Kristy fulfill her destiny as a writer and a psychic medium. In this talk, Kristy will discuss the life, death and the afterlife of Poe, but even more so, she will show how personal growth can come from the unlikeliest places.

March 17: Poe Craft

Location:

Henry Ford Centennial Library

11:00am – 7:00pm

Enjoy a Poe-inspired craft.  Available while supplies last.  Younger children may require assistance from caregivers.  

March 17: ESL Book Discussion 

Location:

Henry Ford Centennial Library

6:00 – 7:00pm

Discuss Poe’s “Great Tales and Poems” using bilingual copies of the book (English/Arabic).  Pick up a free copy of the book at any Dearborn Public Library. 

March 19: Wrap Up Event – Meet Poe! 

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Henry Ford Centennial Library

2:00 – 4:00pm

This is your chance to meet Poe, hear his story, and ask him questions!

There will also be a drawing for a FREE night at the Poe House, courtesy of Dearborn Inn. 

Additionally, we hope to have a draft ready of the book of Poe inspired stories and poems, Dreaming Dreams No Mortal Ever Dared to Dream Before, so the authors can take a sneak peek.


Visit Bigreaddearborn.org for more information and a full list of Big Read events.

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Explore history at the “Gothic Revival” and “Dearborn in Poe’s Time” events

Don’t miss the Gothic Revival program happening at The Henry Ford, Benson Ford Research Center Conference Room on Wednesday, March 9, 6-7 p.m.  Big Read logo THF

 

 

 

 

Another way to learn more about history is to attend the Dearborn in Poe’s Time event at the Dearborn Historical Museum on Thursday, March 10, 6-8 p.m.

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