Edgar Allan Poe Blustery Birthday Bash at PPL January 19

A Commemorative Tribute on Poe’s 205th Birthday Anniversary

Providence Public Library is proud to present the Edgar Allan Poe Blustery Birthday Bash on Sunday, January 19 – the author’s 205th birthday anniversary.  The event will take place from 2 – 3:00 pm in the Library’s Auditorium, 3rd Floor (150 Empire Street, Providence. 

The tribute has been organized by Carl L. Johnson to recognize the unique literary contributions of American author Edgar Allan Poe (Jan. 19, 1809—Oct. 7, 1849).  Noted author/historian Christian Henry Tobler will serve as Master of Ceremonies.  The program will include dramatic readings of Edgar Poe’s prose and poetry, plus singing and recitations of verse composed for this occasion. The event will culminate with a recitation of Poe’s signature poem, “The Raven.”

Event Organizer: Carl L. Johnson has for three decades pursued his interests in authors of eldritch and mystery fiction who resided in Providence, RI, most extensively the personages of Edgar Allan Poe, C.M. (Clifford Martin) Eddy and H.P. (Howard Phillips) Lovecraft. Widely known as an investigator of unexplained occurrences suspected to be paranormal in nature, Carl has appeared on various paranormal-themed television shows including Ghost Hunters on SyFy Channel, The Haunted and Finding Bigfoot on Animal Planet and The Travel Channel's Most Terrifying Places in America. Carl presents an annual public honorarium to H.P. Lovecraft. He is an interpreter/tour guide and programs developer at historic Slater Mill site in Pawtucket, RI.

Master of Ceremonies: Christian Henry Tobler, an internationally noted historian who resides in Oxford, CT, will preside as Master of Ceremonies. Mr. Tobler to date has authored six scholarly and splendidly illustrated books on German Medieval Combat. He is featured narrator of several filmed documentaries on archaic weaponry and combat techniques, presents a lecture/demonstration program in the United States, Canada, England and Europe, and twice each year organizes and directs visitations to children’s hospitals.  

Parking available at Providence Hilton Parking Garage: $3/3 hours. Bring ticket for stamping at Library.

Winter Advisory:  Event may be cancelled if wintery weather results in hazardous driving conditions.