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Return of the Son of Listening in the Dark: An Evening of Spooky Stories for Grown-Ups

Join the Athens Clarke County Library who will host a series of talented adult storytellers to get Athens in the mood for the macabre in the spirit of Edgar Allan Poe. Come dressed as your best Poe or Poe-inspired costume and be entered to win a book of Poe's great spooky tales and poems.

This year the storytellers are Eerie Evan Bush, Jack-O-Lantern Jackie Elsner, Evil Eddie Whitlock, Jabberwock Joy Ovington, and Devilish Donna Butler.

Joy Ovington has enjoyed a lifetime of working in all aspects of performing and holds an MFA from the Florida State University/Asolo Conservatory for Professional Actor Training. Favorite roles include Witch #3 in The Scottish Play and Nurse Ratched. While not working in Library Administration, she enjoys choir singing and working with the Circle Ensemble Theatre Company.

Evan Michael Bush is originally from Louisville, Kentucky, Evan has lived in Athens for over 16 years as a librarian, storyteller, musician, artist and collector of midnight tales. He was the creator of October Country, an evening of supernatural horror and suspense, and the chair and organizer of the Stitching Stars Storytelling Festival here in Athens.

Donna O'Kelley Butler has been telling stories of one sort or another her whole life. Currently, she serves as the Branch Supervisor of the Bogart Library, where she entertains and enlightens hundreds of patrons, school children and teachers with her renditions of folktales, legends, myths and historical tales.

Eddie Whitlock manages the Library Store and coordinates volunteers for the Athens-Clarke County Library. He is author of two books: Evil is Always Human (2012) and POTUS of the Living Dead (2014).

Jackie Elsner enjoyed over forty years of library storytelling before her retirement from the Athens Regional Library System in 2014. She now tells Appalachian and Cherokee stories and sings ballads to guests at the Len Foote Hike Inn in Amicalola Falls State Park, GA.

Listening in The Dark is sponsored by Reflecting, Sharing, Learning and the Athens-Clarke County Library as part of Poe-tober, in cooperation with the University of Georgia College of Education and others as part of The Big Read.

Admission is free. Those in attendance will be entered to win a copy of an Edgar Allan Poe book.

Athens-Clarke County Library
2025 Baxter St.