Friday, March 1, 2019

Advance Praise, Upcoming Events, and Poe-Related Links

The Raven's Tale releases next month! Here's everything you need to know about the book so far:

Coming April 16, 2019, Abrams
Hardcover, ISBN 9781419733628
Ebook, ISBN 9781683354864
Audiobook, TBA

Seventeen-year-old Edgar Poe counts down the days until he can escape his foster family—the wealthy Allans of Richmond, Virginia. He hungers for his upcoming life as a student at a prestigious new university, almost as much as he longs to marry his beloved Elmira Royster. However, on the brink of his departure, all his plans go awry when a macabre muse steps out of the shadows with one request: "Let them see me!"


“Brooding, macabre, romantic, and surprisingly whimsical . . . a must-read for Poe fans and Poe newcomers alike.”
Kendare Blake#1 New York Times bestselling author of the Three Dark Crowns series

“A darkly delicious tale that’s sure to haunt readers forevermore . . . Like lightning stretching its fingers across a stormy sky, Winters’s voice is electrifying.”
Kerri Maniscalco, #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Stalking Jack the Ripper series

“Winters’s smart, silvery, slithering prose finds beauty in the grotesque—and what is art if not that?”
Daniel Krausco-author of the New York Times bestseller The Shape of Water

“Winters (Odd & True) delves into the life of young Edgar Allan Poe in this elegantly scripted, detailed exploration of a world in which muses take corporeal form . . . This well-researched and darkly entertaining tale serves as an excellent introduction to Poe and his classic works.”
Publishers Weekly

“A captivating and intensively researched tribute to the famous poet and his Gothic muse. Against the tapestry of young Poe’s real-world struggles and tortured relationships, Winters weaves a macabre thread of surrealism through meter and rhyme—at times so dreamy in its rhythms and imagery, it teeters between hypnotic and horrifying.”
A.G. Howardauthor of the international and New York Times bestselling Splintered series

“Several of Poe's most well-known works enhance the narrative, complemented by the author's own finely crafted writing that flows with gorgeous, Poe-inspired phrases . . . A labor of literary love that will appeal to fans of Gothic horror and anyone who has ever had to assuage a determined muse.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Spellbinding, imaginative, whimsical, and unforgettable. A rattling good tale that is worthy of the master poet himself.”
Dwight L. MacPhersonauthor of The Imaginary Voyages of Edgar Allan Poe, co-host of The Raven Lunatics

“Haunting and inventive, The Raven's Tale is a heady mix of history and imagination, offering an eerie, original, fantastical window into the man who would become a beloved muse for so many of us.”
Leanna Renee Hieberaward-winning author of Darker Still and Strangely Beautiful

The Raven’s Tale transports readers to the haunted streets of Antebellum Richmond, the city that shaped the teenaged Poe’s melancholy outlook and inspired his chilling poetry.”
Chris Semtner
curator of the Edgar Allan Poe Museum, Richmond, Virginia

“Winters effectively infuses Poe’s macabre aesthetic into her fictional retelling of his life. Fans of classic literature will delight in the many references to mythology and other poets; fans of Poe himself are bound to enjoy passages written in a similar voice to 'The Raven,' as well as the many allusions to his early works.”
The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books


Saturday, March 16, 2019
Emerald City Comic Con
Washington State Convention Center, Seattle, WA
Panel - "The Thrill of the Chase (2:45 pm); signing (4:00-5:00 pm). (Tickets required)

Saturday, April 13, 2019
Los Angeles Times Festival of Books
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
Panel - "Glow Up: Refreshed Favorites for Young Adults"(10:30 am); signing (11:30 am).

Monday, April 15, 2019, 7:30 pm
WORD Brooklyn
126 Franklin St., Brooklyn, NY
A celebration of the release of  The Raven's Tale on the eve of publication day. Cat Winters will be in conversation with Andrea Janes, owner and founder of Boroughs of the Dead.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019, 6:30 pm
The Poe Museum
1914 East Main St., Richmond, VA
Launch day event for The Raven's Tale! Book sales by Fountain Bookstore. A portion of the evening's sales will go to The Poe Museum.

Wednesday, April 17, to Thursday, April 18, 2019
Texas Library Association Annual Conference
Austin Convention Center, Austin, TX
Signing (April 17, 2:00-3:00 pm); panel - "Scream Out Loud: Caution, Contains Horror!" (April 18, 10:30 am).
(Registration required)

Friday, April 19, 2019, 7:00 pm
Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton, OR
Hometown launch event for The Raven's Tale!

Friday, May 31, to Sunday, June 2, 2019
Denver Pop Culture Con
Colorado Convention Center, Denver, CO
Details TBA.
(Tickets required)



Watch Cat Winters talk about The Raven's Tale on the Edgar Allan Poe web show The Raven Lunatics:

(Raven animation: "Raven Sing," by luisbc)

(Updated March, 7, 2019)

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