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Decoding Poe at Galesburg Public Library March 24?

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

Knox College professor John Dooley will lead a discussion about Edgar Allen Poe on Thursday, March 24, at 6:30 p.m. at the Galesburg Public Library. Dooley will talk about the use of cryptography in Poe's short story, "The Gold Bug" and other works of fiction. The event is free and open to the public.?

“Anyone who enjoyed ‘The Da Vinci Code’ will want to come out for this event,” said Karly Steele, Big Read coordinator for the Galesburg Public Library. “Professor Dooley will focus on hidden information and codes in popular culture, especially works of fiction. The library will cap off the night with a cipher activity, so attendees will get the chance to test their decoding skills!”

?Professor John Dooley currently serves as professor and chair of computer science at Knox College. He has taught at the college since 2001. For more information and the most up-to-date schedule about Big Read events, call Karly Steele at the Galesburg Public Library at (309) 343-6118 or visit www.sandburg.edu/festival.

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The Sandburg Days festival for the mind presents events in conjunction with The Big Read, an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts, that runs March 1 through April 30. This year’s Sandburg Days festival for the mind runs April 13-16.