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I went to the Poe reading at the German Society of Philadelphia yesterday. Edward Pettit, the Philly Poe Guy, gave a brief introduction on Poe’s work in Philadelphia, Ellen Datlow introduced the authors, and Gregory Frost, Laird Barron and John Langan each read a selection from their stories.

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More Randomness Rounded Up

Microscopic Beauty: Check out NewScientist’s Gallery of award-winning photographs from Nikon’s Small World contest. Most of the images are things not usually seen by the human eye; they’re a nice reminder of the wonder that can be found in the mundane and how amazing our world really is sometimes. I especially like the chick embryo and the mouse brain.

General Beauty: I keep meaning to post about Dark Roasted Blend. If you’ve never visited the site, you really should. They offer a consistently fascinating selection of weird and wonderful links and images. I know I could get lost for hours, just clicking through the galleries and galleries of photographs.

Win Stuff: A lottery is being held in support of The Shirley Jackson Awards. Luckily, instead of being stoned to death, the winners get nifty prizes. The lottery will be open from February 9 – 23rd. A listing of prizes and contest rules are available on the awardwebsite.

Celebrate Poe: In honor of Edgar Allan Poe’s Bicentennial and the newly-released anthology Poe: 19 New Tales Inspired by Edgar Allen Poe, Laird Barron, Ellen Datlow, Gregory Frost and John Langan will be participating in a group reading at the German Society in Philadelphia on February 21, 2009. Event details and a link to the press release for the event can be found here. I’m looking forward to this!

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Author Readings and an Honorable Mention

I’m planning on attending the Philadelphia stop of Neil Gaiman’s Graveyard Book Tour, which got me thinking about author readings in general. I’ve been to relatively few – fewer than I would like certainly – and each was completely unique.

The first reading I ever attended was by Maya Angelou. It was part of distinguished speaker series, and it was held in a very large theater. My seat was far enough back that she was mostly a squidgy blur on the stage, but even so – wow. She probably could have read in a space twice that size and her voice still would have touched everyone in the room.

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