TROUBLE BEGINS at 5:30 with Giacomo Calabria on “Mark Twain, Gamer”

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November 10, 2021 • 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm


The Mark Twain House is pleased to welcome Giacomo Calabria to the Trouble Begins! Join us on Wednesday, November 10th at 5:30 pm as Calabria presents a brief history of Mark Twain’s surprising, sometimes scandalous, and ongoing contributions to gaming from the 1880s to the modern era. Particular attention will be paid to Twain’s brief venture into game design during his lifetime, video games based on Mark Twain’s writings, and the unexplored opportunities available for us to enjoy Mark Twain in board games and video games today.

FREE virtual program, although donations are gratefully accepted. REGISTER HERE.

Giacomo Calabria is an award-winning educator, essayist, and novelist under the pen-name “Jacopo della Quercia.” His work has been featured on BBC America, Business Insider, CNN Money, Folger Magazine, The Huffington Post, Politico Magazine, Reader’s Digest, Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, Slate, and Princeton University’s Electronic Bulletin of the Dante Society of America, among others. As a writer, Giacomo strives to present scholarly research in a manner more easily accessible and enjoyable for all audiences: a practice he has honed in the classroom throughout his career.

In print, Giacomo can be found in the New York Times best-seller You Might Be A Zombie and Other Bad News, the detective-noir collection Hardboiled Horror, and academic texts such as the #1 Amazon best-seller Game of Thrones versus History. His novels The Great Abraham Lincoln Pocket Watch Conspiracy and License to Quill are products of years of research and a love for history. He hopes you enjoy them both!

As an educator, Giacomo has taught classes on various aspects of history, literature, and the arts since 2006. He has lectured on Machiavellian political psychology at NYU, on Abraham Lincoln at the New York State Museum, and on narrative medicine at Albany Medical College. He is currently leading several reading and discussion programs in and around the Capital Region as a scholar for Humanities New York.

The Trouble Begins at 5:30 lecture series is made possible by support from The Center for Mark Twain Studies at Elmira College, Elmira, New York.


November 10, 2021
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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