A stellar lineup of terrific authors will speak this spring at The Mark Twain House & Museum in the Mark My Words series. Join us for lively conversations with some of today’s leading writers and thinkers. Click on event dates on our calendar for tickets and information.

Wednesday, April 3, 7 p.m.: Cathy Guisewite, who created the cartoon “Cathy” that ran nationwide for 34 years, has a new collection of essays, Fifty Things that Aren’t My Fault. Kara Sundlun of WFSB will talk to her about parenting a college-age daughter, caring for an elderly mother, and continuing to be a creative artist. Colin McEnroe will feature Guisewite on his WNPR-FM show on Thursday, March 28, at 1 and 8 p.m. Tickets are $30 and include a copy of the book, which will be published April 2.

Tuesday, April 23, 7 p.m.: Living & Dying & Loving. Mirabai Bush and Chris Grosso talk with moderator Amy LaBossiere about death, life, addiction, spirituality, and strategies for handling life’s unexpected joys and challenges. Gross is the author of Dead Set on Living – Making the Difficult Journey from F**king Up to Waking Up. Bush co-wrote Walking Each Other Home – Conversations on Loving & Dying with Ram Dass. LaBoissiere is the author of Finding Still Waters – The Art of Conscious RecoveryTickets are $15.

Monday, May 6, 7 p.m.: Anna Quindlen talks about her new book, NANAVILLE: Adventures in Grandparenting with Bridget Quinn- Carey, CEO of Hartford Public Library. The Pulitzer Prize-winning Quindlen brings her reporter’s eye to vivid portraits of everyday life as she did in Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake, and A Short Guide to a Happy Life. Tickets are $30, which includes a copy of the book.

Thursday, May 16, 7 p.m.: David Baldacci, bestselling author and Twain House trustee, will talk about his new thriller Redemptionthe fifth work in the wildly popular Amos Decker detective series, which began in 2015 with Memory Man. Decker’s special power is total recall, a result of his brain’s rewiring itself after a blow to the head in a football game. The event will be held at the Immanuel Congregational Church, across the street from the Twain House. Tickets are $40 and include a copy of the book. A $90 VIP ticket includes a special VIP reception at the museum before the talk.

Please join The Mark Twain House & Museum in participating in David Baldacci’s Feeding Body & Mind initiative. Launched by David and Michelle Baldacci’s Wish You Well Foundation® in partnership with Feeding America®, the Feeding Body & Mind initiative seeks to address the connection between literacy, poverty and hunger. Through this initiative, more than 1 million new and gently used books have been collected and distributed through food banks to families in need. 

How it works:
-When you arrive at the Mark My Words event, look for the big white Feeding Body & Mind donation box.
-Place your new or gently used book(s) in the box.
That’s all there is to it! When the Feeding Body & Mind donation box is full, the Wish You Well Foundation® ships it directly to your local community food bank, ensuring that your generous donation benefits families in your community. Together we can make a difference!

Tuesday, May 21, 7 p.m.: Chris Pavone talks about his new thriller The Paris Diversion with local mystery author Chris Knopf (The Sam Aquillo series). Pavone’s new book revisits his character Kate Moore, who is keeping secrets from her banker husband that involve spying on terrorists. Tickets are $25 and include a copy of the book.

Thursday, May 23, 7 p.m.: Peter Baker, chief White House correspondent for The New York Times, will talk about presidential politics. He has covered four presidents, was The Washington Post‘s lead writer on the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal, and spent four years as Moscow bureau chief for the Post. He will talk about the new edition of Obama: the Call of History. Tickets are $25. Books will be available for purchase.

Thursday, May 30, 7 p.m.:  Susan Campbell talks about her new book Frog Hollow: Stories from an  American Neighborhood. Frog Hollow was one of the first neighborhoods in the country to experiment with successful urban planning models, including public parks and free education. Campbell is a long-time columnist for The Hartford Courant, a distinguished lecturer at the University of New Haven, and author of  Dating Jesus: A Story of Fundamentalism, Feminism, and the American Girl and Tempest-Tossed: The Spirit of Isabella Beecher Hooker. Tickets are $10. Books are available for purchase and signing.