Mark Twain Birthday Lecture: Ayad Akhtar in conversation with Azar Nafisi

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November 30, 2020 • 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm


Help us celebrate Mark Twain’s birthday with special guest speaker, Pulitzer Prize winning novelist and playwright, Ayad Akhtar. He will sit down with Azar Nafisi, the critically acclaimed author of Reading Lolita in Tehran, to discuss his novel Homeland Elegies and how they both have been influenced by the writings of Mark Twain.

Akhtar will be discussing his new, highly acclaimed novel HOMELAND ELEGIES, recently named one of the Best Books of 2020 by the New York Times, Washington Post and TIME Magazine. In the novel, memoir and fiction collide when a Pakistani-American father and son confront their differences in a post-9/11 America.

Tickets for this annual event are FREE but we ask that you consider a donation of $18.35 in honor of the year Twain was born, or $185 to celebrate Twain’s 185th birthday! REGISTER HERE.


Programs at The Mark Twain House & Museum are made possible in part by support from the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts, and the Greater Hartford Arts Council’s United Arts Campaign and its Travelers Arts Impact Grant program with major support from The Travelers Foundation. 


November 30, 2020
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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