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June 2018

Mark My Words: Simon Winchester

June 26 • 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Simon Winchester is a bestselling author of The Professor and the Madman, about the making of the Oxford English Dictionary, Krakatoa, and The Map that Changed the World. His new book is The Perfectionists, which traces technology from the Industrial Age to the Digital Age, which Kirkus Reviews described as “…an enthusiastic popular-science tour of technological marvels…” Winchester will be joined in conversation with James Golden, director of education at The Mark Twain House & Museum. Winchester will sign copies…

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The Trouble Begins @ 5:30 pm Lecture Series: Author John Pascal – “Artemus Ward: The Gentle Humorist”

June 27 • 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

During his lifetime, Mark Twain was considered the preeminent American master storyteller and lecturer of humor. However, Twain’s literary achievement can easily overshadow the influences that led to his success, particularly the impact of Artemus Ward. William Dean Howells regarded Ward as “the humorist who first gave the world a taste of the humor that characterizes the whole American people.” While today Ward’s literary reputation is largely forgotten, he was distinctive and influential in his time. This presentation will analyze…

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July 2018

Mark My Words: Mike Reiss: His Life’s a Joke

July 26 • 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Emmy and Peabody Award-winning Mike Reiss, longtime writer and producer of The Simpsons, will participate in an on-stage conversation with arts journalist Frank Rizzo on Thursday, July 26, at 7 p.m. Reiss is the author of the just-published Springfield Confidential: Jokes, Secrets and Outright Lies from a Lifetime of Writing for The Simpsons, which chronicles his nearly three decades with The Simpsons along with his other comedy-writing work. Reiss’s career also includes creating the animated series Queer Duck, co-creating The…

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September 2018

Mark My Words: Jodi Picoult

September 30 • 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Immanuel Congregational Church, 10 Woodland Street
Hartford,Connecticut06105United States
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Join bestselling author Jodi Picoult for her Mark Twain House encore appearance. Picoult will read from and talk about her upcoming book A SPARK OF LIGHT, a signed copy of which is included with each ticket purchased. A Q&A will follow her talk, and each audience member will have the opportunity to have a professional photographer capture a personal meet-and-greet moment with Picoult. The Mark My Words series is sponsored by the Wish You Well Foundation. Connecticut Public – WNPR…

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