MTH&M and Hartford Flavor Company present LITERARY HAPPY HOUR: GILDED AGE COCKTAILS AND MURDER with Dr. Cecelia Tichi (In-Person & Livestream)

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September 29, 2022 • 6:00 pm


The Mark Twain House & Museum in partnership with Hartford Flavor Company presents an evening of Gilded Age custom cocktails with Vanderbilt University Professor Cecelia Tichi, the author of GILDED AGE COCKTAILS and WHAT WOULD MRS. ASTOR DO?, discussing her new cozy murder mystery A GILDED AGE FREE FALL with The MTH&M’s Associate Director of Interpretation Grace Belanger. 

Literary Happy Hour begins at 6 pm with Twain-inspired custom cocktails, cocktail demonstrations by Hartford Flavor Company, beer, wine, or soft drinks. The Nook Café will also feature snacks, sandwiches and salads for purchase. At 7 pm, there will be a book discussion on Dr. Tichi’s latest Gilded Age murder mystery, A GILDED AGE FREE FALL.  

A Livestream will be offered beginning at 7pm.


Toxic medicine, a fanatic Chicago detective, and a fatal plunge down a steep staircase embroil Val and Roddy DeVere in a dangerous quest for facts in 1899. Roddy’s fledgling business teeters as his partner begs him to free him from a detective’s “witch hunt.” The question: was the partner’s wife’s fatal free fall an accident? Or was it murder? 


There are three IN-PERSON ticket options: 

$5.00 – Admission (cash bar and food for purchase) 

$12.00 – Admission with one cocktail included (cash bar for additional beverages and food for purchase) 

$29.00 – Admission with one cocktail and a signed copy of A GILDED AGE FREE FALL (cash bar for additional beverages and food for purchase) 

Attendees must be 21 and over to drink. 

To RSVP for the IN-PERSON Literary Happy Hour beginning at 6pm at The MTH&M, REGISTER HERE. 

To register for the free VIRTUAL LIVESTREAM happening at 7pm EST, CLICK HERE.



Dr. Cecelia Tichi 

Cecelia Tichi is an American academic and author. She is the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of English and American Studies at Vanderbilt University, the former president of the American Studies Association, and the winner of the Jay B. Hubbell Medal for lifetime achievement in American literature. Tichi has authored five mystery novels and several fiction and non-fiction books based on American popular culture and social history.  



Grace Belanger is the Associate Director of Interpretation for The Mark Twain House & Museum. 


Programs at The Mark Twain House & Museum are made possible in part by support from CT Humanities; the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts; Ensworth Charitable Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee; the Greater Hartford Arts Council’s United Arts Campaign; The Hartford; The Mark Twain Foundation; The National Endowment for the Humanities; and Travelers.  


September 29, 2022
6:00 pm
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