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Book-In-Common Welcomes Bestselling Author

Matthew Pearl, author

October 1, 2009 – Collin College’s Book-in-Common program is setting the perfect scene for a mysterious and haunting Halloween season.

This year’s Book-in-Common is The Poe Shadow by New York Times bestselling author Matthew Pearl.

As part of the program, Pearl is scheduled to give three lectures and book signings at these Collin College campuses:

  • 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 14, at the Spring Creek Campus Conference Center
  • 2:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 15, at the Central Park Campus Conference Center
  • 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 15, at the Preston Ridge Campus Event Center.

All events are free and open to the public.

The Book-in-Common program started four years ago at Collin College. Each year, a book is chosen and faculty are encouraged to work the book into their curriculum spanning any number of disciplines from English, history, sociology, philosophy, business and biology.

Past Books-in-Common include Daniel Wallace’s Big Fish, Loung Ung's First They Killed My Father and Michael Patrick McDonald’s All Souls.

The Poe Shadow is Pearl’s second novel in the “literary” fiction genre following the success of The Dante Club and preceding his latest opus, The Last Dickens.

The Poe Shadow chronicles the fictitious mystery and suspense surrounding famed poet and author Edgar Allen Poe’s real death in 1849 in Baltimore. In the same vein as Poe’s short stories, the tale weaves a web of intrigue and suspicion and a cast of nefarious characters not unlike those found in Poe’s detective stories. 

The Spring Creek Campus is located at 2800 E. Spring Creek Parkway in Plano. The Preston Ridge Campus is located at 9700 Wade Blvd. in Frisco. The Central Park Campus is located at 2200 W. University in McKinney.

For more information, contact the Center for Scholarly and Civic Engagement at 972.881.5900 or visit

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