Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Poe-try Reading

By Dr. Richard Bunting from Prose and Cons  by Amanda Flower

I cannot tell you how happy I am to have Violet Waverly as a member of my English faculty at Springside College . Her academic vita was quite impressive and the fact that she is writing her dissertation on the works of the Transcendentalists is utterly fascinating. I too am a student of American literature. Most of all, I am happy that I can help her and give her a reason to stay in the village of Cascade Springs. I know her grandmother, Daisy Waverly, is grateful for my help as well.

One of the very best parts of having Violet on the English faculty is the stronger connection it builds between Springside College and Charming Book, the bookstore that she shares with Daisy. Also on a personal note as a founding member of the Red Inkers, a local writing group that meets at Charming Books, it allows me the chance to share my ideas with Violet about books and writing outside of sometimes stuffy walls of academia.

The partnership has already paid off as Charming Books has agreed to host a Poe-try Reading this year during the Cascade Springs Food and Wine Festival. The reading will celebrate the works of the master of the macabre, Edgar Allan Poe, and will be the pinnacle of the festival in my opinion.

The only problem that we have run into is that some of the members of the Red Inkers have been arguing of late. Tension is high in the group as we are all in pursuit of our dreams of being published authors, but I’m sure nothing will come of it. This moment of discord among our members will pass. Nothing truly awful will come of it. Everything will be fine. Absolutely fine…

Buy a mystery and help feed a community! Purchase any edition of Prose and Cons book, between now and Tuesday, December 20, 2016, and Amanda will donate $1 for every book sold to a food pantry, The Landing, located in Akron, Ohio. The Learned Owl is also making a $1 donation to the Landing for every copy the bookstore sells and is selling PERSONALIZED AND SIGNED copies of the novel. They can ship anywhere.

Amanda Flower, a national bestselling and Agatha Award winning mystery author. She also writes mysteries as USA Today bestselling author Isabella Alan. In addition to being an author, Amanda is librarian in Northeast Ohio. Follow Amanda on Social Media at: Facebook Twitter Instagram


  1. What a wonderful idea! Thanks

  2. What a beautiful idea. A great book and cause. I loved the first book so much. Pre-ordered and eagerly awaiting this new one.

  3. I have had my copy pre-ordered for a while. Great book I am sure because I love the series and a super wonderful cause and idea! Bless you