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Edgar Allan Poe

January 19, 1809-October 7, 1849


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About One Book, One Community


What Is It?

One Book/One Community is a community-wide reading program sponsored by the Baton Rouge Area Chamber and the East Baton Rouge Parish Library, covering nine parishes. People from all walks of life, including middle and high school students, are encouraged to read and then discuss the works of Edgar Allan Poe.

Reading Discussion Groups meet at libraries, bookstores, coffee shops and cafés, businesses, churches, schools, clubs, and homes from January to May 2013. Reading Discussion Guides are provided and Discussion Leaders are trained to draw out conversation on the key themes of Poe's works.

The concept started in 1998 with the Washington Center for the Book's project, "If All of Seattle Read the Same Book"; today, cities and towns all over the nation strengthen their communities through a celebration of reading.

One Book/One Community program is sponsored by the East Baton Rouge Parish Library, and the Baton Rouge Area Chamber, who have partnered with libraries, school systems, religious and community organizations, and key leaders of industry and commerce throughout the nine-parish area to implement this comprehensive program. We chose this year's selected author, Edgar Allan Poe, for his wide appeal and because he is considered a pioneer of the modern detective story and a master of the macabre. 

Visit the various guides in this link to learn more about Poe and his influence that endures today (everything from the Baltimore Ravens' win at this year's SuperBowl to the new primetime television series "The Following" that tracks a serial killer "inspired" by Poe's works).

Why participate?

One Book/One Community expands the world of the reader by providing a broader and deeper understanding of literature.

Reading great literature provokes people to think about their environment, their relationships, and themselves. Talking about great literature with friends, family and neighbors or co-workers add richness and depth to the experience of reading.

This information sharing strengthens our community - we develop a sense of community around the shared experience of reading and talking about one great book.

Does it really work?

Yes! Reading sparks our imaginations, raises questions, exposes us to different viewpoints, and shapes our understanding of the world.

The shared experience of reading and discussing the same book provide the community with the opportunity to start an open dialogue with friends, neighbors, and coworkers!

Mini Biography of Poe