book talk


Poe for Your Problems: 

Uncommon Advice from History's Least Likely Self-Help Guru

TimeWednesday, January 19, 2022 from 12:00 PM–1:00 PM
LocationOrientation Room
PriceFree. Registration suggested.

Press pause during the mid-week rush to join a local author at the Library of Virginia for a book talk, casual conversation, and book signing. Presented by the partnership between the Virginia Shop and James River Writers, the Book Break series offers the opportunity to connect book lovers to new titles and local authors. Reading the book beforehand is encouraged, but never required—just bring your curiosity and a desire to meet new people.

Here to bolster your New Year’s resolutions and celebrate Edgar Allan Poe’s birthday, Catherine Baab-Muguira will lead a discussion of uncommon advice inspired by the works and life of Poe in the form of her darkly inspiring self-help book. Of all the writers anywhere, Poe might be the least likely person you'd ever turn to for advice. His life was a complete dumpster fire: he married his cousin, got fired from one job after another, constantly feuded with friends and rivals, and he was always broke. But that’s also precisely the point. Though Poe failed again and again, he also persevered.


For more information, please call the Virginia Shop at 804.692.3524 or email

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