Novelist to read for Poe discussion series

For immediate release: Feb. 12, 2010

BLOOMSBURG — Author Louis Bayard will read from his novel, “The Pale Blue Eye,” at Monty’s on Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s upper campus as the final event in “The Puzzle of Poe,” a month-long discussion series of Edgar Allen Poe’s short stories and Bayard’s novel.

The series is jointly sponsored by BU, the Pennsylvania Humanities Council and the Bloomsburg Public Library, 225 Market St., where discussions will be held Tuesdays from 7 to 8 p.m.

Schedule is as follows:

  • Feb. 23 - “The Purloined Letter,” discussion facilitator, Mary Bernath, associate professor of English, Bloomsburg University.
  • March 2 - “The Tell-Tale Heart,” reader, Hal Pratt, director, Bloomsburg Public Library; discussion facilitator, Jason Moser, language arts teacher, Bloomsburg Middle School.
  • March 9 - “The Fall of the House of Usher,” reader, Karen Roszel, children’s librarian, Bloomsburg Public Library; discussion facilitator, Mike McGarry, English teacher, Bloomsburg High School.
  • March 16 - “The Gold Bug,” discussion facilitator, Mark Decker, assistant professor of English, Bloomsburg University.
  • March 23 - “The Pale Blue Eye,” discussion facilitator, Tina Entzminger, associate professor of English, Bloomsburg University.

On Wednesday, March 24, Bayard will read from and discuss the novel at 7 p.m. in Monty’s. A question-and-answer period and book signing follow the reading. All the events are free and open to the public.

The “Pale Blue Eye” is a bestselling historical novel which features a 19th-century detective, Gus Landor, who is called in to solve a case involving murdered cadets at the newly formed West Point Military Academy. One of the cadets he meets is young Edgar Poe, who attended West Point for one semester.

In addition to his work as a novelist, Bayard is an essayist and critic whose articles have appeared in the New York Times and the Washington Post.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 9,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.