Portrait of author Christopher Downey, wearing a white t-shirt and blue blazer, in front of a brick wall and black wooden door

Join us Saturday, August 29 at 1pm for an author talk featuring Christopher Downey. He will share with us their most recently published book, Edgar Allan Poe's Charleston. Edgar Allan Poe arrived in Charleston in November 1827 chased by storms, both literal and figurative. Some of the author’s previous indiscretions caused him to enlist in the U.S. Army six months earlier under the pseudonym Edgar A. Perry. The more than one year that Poe spent stationed at Fort Moultrie on Sullivan’s Island has been shrouded in mystery for nearly two centuries because Poe deliberately tried to hide his stint in the army. But despite Poe’s deceptions, the influences and impressions of the Lowcountry permeated his life and writing, providing the setting for Poe’s most popular and widely read short story during his lifetime, “The Gold-Bug,” and perhaps providing the inspiration for the real Annabel Lee. Author Christopher Downey details the hidden history of Poe in Charleston.

This event will take place at the Charleston County Public Library - Main Branch (68 Calhoun Street, Charleston) where books will be available for purchase and signing. If you cannot join us in person, please join us live on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/user/scstatelibrary.

For more information about Christopher Downey, visit their website at https://www.captainbyrds.com/.

This specific Authors of SC event is a partnership between Charleston Public Library and ReadSC, the South Carolina Center for the Book. For more information, please contact Andersen Cook, ReadSC Coordinator at (803) 545-4432 or acook@statelibrary.sc.gov or Karli Gallagher at (843) 805-6909 or gallagherk@ccpl.org.

Event Location
Charleston County Public Library - Main Branch; 68 Calhoun Street, Charleston
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Cost
Free