Events & Programs

A Rich Selection of Activities for Young and Old and In Between

Mark Twain loved a good circus, and so do we. So we are proud to present a rich array of events that range from the "Trouble Begins at 5:30" lecture series, to the "Tapping into Twain" Oktoberfest, to the many family activities such as Tom Sawyer Day and the Ice Cream Social, to our spooky Graveyard Shift ghost tours, to our Mark My Words event and other appearances by major authors – and much, much more. So have a look through the year ahead by clicking on the tabs below.

Aug

August


# BOOK/MARK Event: Victoria E. Bynum, author of The Free State of Jones

Thursday, August 11, 7:00

Join us for an extra special Book/Mark event featuring Victoria E. Bynum, author of The Free State of Jones: Mississippi's Longest Civil War. This important historic work was recently adapted as a feature film starring Matthew McConaughey. Dr. Bynum also appeared in the film, which opened on June 24th.

Between late 1863 and mid-1864, an armed band of Confederate deserters battled Confederate cavalry in the Piney Woods region of Jones County, Mississippi. Calling themselves the Knight Company after their captain, Newton Knight, and aided by women, slaves, and children who spied on the Confederacy and provided food and shelter, they set up headquarters in the swamps of the Leaf River. There, legend has it, they declared the Free State of Jones.

The story of the Jones County rebellion is well known among Mississippians, and debate over whether the county actually seceded from the state during the war has smoldered for more than a century. Adding further controversy to the legend is the story of Newt Knight's interracial romance with his wartime accomplice, Rachel, a slave. Newt and Rachel's relationship resulted in the growth of a mixed-race community that endured long after the Civil War had ended. The ambiguous racial identity of their descendants confounded the rules of segregated Mississippi, as vividly evidenced by the 1948 miscegenation trial of great-grandson Davis Knight.

FREE EVENT! Reservations suggested. Please call (860) 247-0998. Or reserve here.

 

# 2016 Family Series presents: IT’S IN THE BAG by the NATIONAL THEATRE OF THE DEAF

Saturday, August 13, 2:00 pm

“It’s in the Bag!” Discover a mystery story, fables, tangram puzzles, improvisations and more.  Starting with “Un” Brella, NTD improvises with umbrellas to show signs to learn and enjoy.

Have fun with the National Theatre of the Deaf as they combine visually exciting American Sign Language with the Spoken Word to create a performance that will be seen, heard, and long-remembered.

Each event not only includes a performance, but an educational activity/workshop/interactive component.

Activity: Families will learn some signs and help determine what the actors will perform next!

Family Programs sponsored by The Hartford

Tickets: $10 adults/$5 children Call 860. 247.0998 or click here!

# Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours

Friday, August 26, and Saturday, August 27, 6:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m., 8:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.

Book a Graveyard Shift Ghost Tour today!

We reprise our popular Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours for some summer fun. The Mark Twain House has been featured on Syfy Channel's Ghost Hunters and the Biography Channel's My Ghost Story.

On these tours participants will hear all these creepy tales -- and learn about Mark Twain's own interest in the supernatural.

Filled with haunted history, dark tales and Victorian traditions surrounding seances and spiritualism, these nighttime tours are as educational as they are goosebump-inducing.

Prior to the tour, we'll be showing the short film Ghost Tour, which was filmed in The Mark Twain House.

The tours sell out fast, so be sure to call (860) 247-0998 soon to make your reservations!

The tours are tsponsored by Tsunami Tsolutions.

$22 with discounts available for members and children. Please call (860) 247-0998 for more information & ticketing or click here.

Sep

September


# The Trouble Begins at 5:30: Karen Lystra on "Facing Epilepsy: Mark Twain, Jean Clemens, and a Family Reclaimed"

Thursday, September 15, 5:00 Reception - 5:30 Lecture

Noted Mark Twain scholar Dr. Karen Lystra, formerly Professor of American Studies at California State University, Fullerton, will speak about Mark Twain’s youngest daughter, Jean Clemens, in this season’s inaugural edition of our popular lecture series The Trouble Begins at 5:30. In conjunction with our current exhibit In Their Father’s Image: Susy, Clara, and Jean Clemens, Dr. Lystra will explore how Jean's epilepsy affected Twain and his family. Jean played a pivotal role in Twain's late years. His last major autobiographical writing involved his realization of how much he had misunderstood and neglected her. The virulent prejudice against people with epilepsy in this era will also be examined.

Dr. Lystra is the author of Dangerous Intimacy: The Untold Story of Mark Twain's Final Years (University of California Press, 2006)  and Searching the Heart: Women, Men, and Romantic Love in Nineteenth-Century America. (Oxford University Press, 1989; paperback, 1992).

The lecture will be preceded by a light reception with wine and appetizers.

A representative from the Epilepsy Foundation of Connecticut will be present to offer information on epilepsy and the programs and services available to residents throughout the state.

Free event - reservations are highly suggested. Call (860) 247-0998 or to reserve tickets click here.

# The MOuTH: Marked for Life: Stories of How You Got That Scar

Friday, September 16, 7:30 p.m.

Come hear & tell stories on the theme “Marked for Life: How You Got That Scar” at The MOuTH at the Mark Twain House & Museum on Friday, September 16th at 7:30pm!

Here's how to submit your story for consideration:

Speakers are selected one week before the event, so RIGHT NOW, email HartfordMouth@gmail.com with your name and a short description of what your story is about. Submissions close once we get overwhelmed with submissions, so… overwhelm us!

Your story must last FEWER THAN 10 MINUTES. (Note - it usually takes longer to tell your story than you think! Tell it a few times to friends, refine it, and time it!) During the event, you'll see Chion in the front row with a fancypants iPad that will count you down. If you go over the time limit, she'll tackle you in front of everybody (IN HER MIND).

***STORIES ARE TOLD WITHOUT NOTES! You just get up there and tell the tale off the top of your head***

***STORIES ARE REAL! Not that we’ll be doing any fact-checking, but this event features TRUE stories.***

If you don't get on the list, don't take it personally! It's our loss, and hopefully we can hear from you at a future MOuTH event.

There is also a "Wild Card." After the fifth speaker finishes, Chion asks volunteers to raise their hands and holler out a number. Those numbers are put into a hat/pocket/bowl/basket/crock pot/human skull, and the chosen one has a 5 minute limit to tell his or her story on that night’s theme before the final speaker goes on.

PLEASE NOTE:

- Only $5 to get in (speakers get in free!)

-These events are recorded - Audio only!

-Profanity is allowed.

-Have an idea for a theme in the future? Want to tell us what we’re doing fantastically, or what we could be doing a lot better? Let us know here or in an email to HartfordMouth@gmail.com

The event is in no way a competition, just storytelling in front of friends in a museum dedicated to Mark Twain, one of our country's best storytellers.

Chion Wolf, technical producer, announcer, and photographer for WNPR, can be heard on the Colin McEnroe Show Monday through Friday at 1 and 8pm, and during breaks throughout the week!

$5.00 (Storytellers chosen for the lineup get in free.) Call (860) 247-0998 or click HERE.

# The Great Mark Twain Look-Alike Contest!

Saturday, September 17, 2:00 pm

Do people say you look like Albert Einstein? And do you counter with, “No! I look like Mark Twain!” If so, you’re a great candidate for The Great Mark Twain Look-Alike Contest to be held in Mark Twain’s hometown of Hartford, Connecticut. You can show up with a wig or without, with a real mustache or fake, in a white suit, ivory suit, or birthday suit (just kidding – you need clothes!), strut on the stage, deliver one Mark Twain quote (verified! – not attributed!), and our panel of distinctive, ornery, and un-bribable judges will determine if YOU are the winner of The Great Mark Twain Look-Alike Contest! Yes, there will be prizes!

Do you look like this guy?

PRIZES:

FIRST PRIZE: Bragging Rights, Lifetime Membership at The Mark Twain House & Museum,
and a $100 Gift Certificate to spend in the Museum Store!

SECOND PRIZE: Free One-year Membership at The Mark Twain House & Museum
and a $50 Gift Certificate for the Museum Store!

THIRD PRIZE: Two free passes to tour The Mark Twain House and a $25 Gift Certificate!

ALL CONTESTANTS receive a “GREAT MARK TWAIN LOOK-ALIKE” T-shirt
and one free pass to tour The Mark Twain House! (You can even purchase extra shirts if one just isn't enough!)

Entry fee: $25 (to keep out the riff-raff)

Contestants must register online by noon on September 17, 2016

NOTE: This event is part of Downtown Hartford's 5th Annual EnvisionFest. The contest will take place at 2:00 pm on Main Street. The stage will be set up across from the Travelers building.

Click HERE to register!

# Wine Tasting sponsored by The Friends of The Mark Twain House & Museum

Saturday, September 17, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT!

You can taste excellent wines, delicious appetizers, decadent desserts, and chocolates from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Hal Holbrook Hall in the Webster Bank Museum Center. Proceeds benefit The Mark Twain House

Questions: Email friendsmth@yahoo.com

Sponsors:

Charles Krug Vineyards

The Jacobsen Family of South Windso
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Whole Foods Market
BG Catering: A component of the Billy Grant Restaurant Group

Taylor Rental

Wines:

2014 Pino Grigio Univorn from Alta Adige, Italy

2013 Snoqualimie Organic Riesling, Washington State. Wine Enthusiast rated 87 points.

Wines from Charles Krug Winery Napa Valley, CA
2014 Chardonnay, Carneros, Napa Valley
Wine Enthusiast 89 Points June, 2016 "This wine was half barrel-fermented, with just 25% of it new and French oak. It benefits from this treatment, offering fruit that leans toward Meyer lemon melon and a vaguely tropical vibe, remaining balanced throughout, but especially of the finish."

2011 Merlot Napa Valley Wine Enthusiast - 89 points Wine Spectator - 88 point
James Suckling on 2011 Vintage Family Release and Limited Release

2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley estate bottled
Reviews in 2015: James Suckling 94 points, Robert Parker 93 points, Restaurant Wine Five Stars

2012 Reserve Generations Napa Valley Estate bottled Cabernet Sauvignon
Reviews 2015: Restaurant Wine five stars, Wine & Spirits – 92 points, Robert Parker -91 points,
and James Suckling 91 points.

 

SOLD OUT! (Thank you!)

# Writing in Mark Twain's Library

Thursday, September 22, 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Not a writing class, not a writing workshop, just three hours of uninterrupted writing time in Mark Twain's own library. Join a select handful of fellow scribblers, including a special guest writer (Susan Campbell in September!), to write, reflect, and plot whatever piece of literature you're working on. The space is quiet, except for the burbling fountain in the nearby conservatory, and infused with Mark Twain's spirit. Don't miss this once-in-a-life opportunity --and bring a friend to sit and share the experience with. Laptops welcome, but make sure you charge up before you come, as we have no power outlets to offer. Pencils only; no pens permitted!

SPACE IS LIMITED!

Cost is $50. Please call (860) 247-0998 or click here.

September 22, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
With Fellow Writer and Journalist Susan Campbell!

Click here to reserve your spot!

# 5th Annual WRITERS WEEKEND September 23-25

Friday, September 23, 9:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

The Mark Twain House & Museum 5th Annual Writers Weekend

September 23-25, 2016

FEATURING:

Keynote Speakers Lesley M.M. Blume on Friday evening and noted poet Ocean Vuong on Saturday evening.

The Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford, CT announces its 5th Annual Writers Weekend, to be held September 23-25, 2016.

This one-of-a-kind conference brings writers of all interests and abilities to Mark Twain’s home for a full weekend of workshops, panel discussions, guest speakers, and other events and activities designed to help them further their craft, deepen their understanding of writing, and enjoy the company and community of fellow writers. The weekend is planned in such a way that every writer feels like Twain’s writing colleague and a welcome guest in his home.

The weekend will kick off on Friday, September 23, at 7:00 pm with the first of two keynote speakers, Lesley M.M. Blume. An accomplished journalist and writer, Blume's work has appeared in Vanity FairThe Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times Style Magazine. In June 2016, Eamon Dolan Books / Houghton Mifflin Harcourt released her new book Everybody Behaves Badly: The True Story Behind Hemingway’s Masterpiece The Sun Also Rises to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the publication of Ernest Hemingway's classic novel. Learn more about her here.

Saturday evening’s keynote address will be offered by noted poet Ocean Vuong. Born in Saigon and raised in Hartford, Vuong will read from his work, answer questions from the audience, and sign copies of his most recent book Night Sky With Exit Wounds (Copper Canyon Press, 2016), about which The New Yorker noted, “Reading Vuong is like watching a fish move: he manages the varied currents of English with muscled intuition… From the outside, Vuong has fashioned a poetry of inclusion.”

Workshop topics include:

·         memoir

·         writing for children

·         screenwriting

·         podcasting

·         humor writing

·         ghostwriting

·         travel writing

·         social media for writers

·         diagramming sentences to improve your craft

·         self-publishing

·         storytelling techniques for writers

·         creative nonfiction

·         starting a manuscript critique group

·         launching a freelance career while you’re still working for someone else

·         and MORE!

DETAILED SCHEDULE: Here!


TO REGISTER:  Call (860) 247-0998
or click here!

For more information contact Jennifer LaRue, Director of Writing Programs, at Jennifer.LaRue@marktwainhouse.org or 860-280-3152.

Registration is $180 ($162 for members) and includes two keynote addresses, an opening reception Friday night, light breakfast on Saturday and Sunday, and more than 30 workshops and panel discussions.

FULL MENU:

All 3 days: $180 ($162 for members)
Saturday only: $110
Sunday only: $90
Friday keynote only: $30
Saturday keynote only: $30
Writing in Mark Twain's library: $30

Special opportunities to Write in Mark Twain's Library on Saturday or Sunday morning are available on a limited basis, for a $30 additional fee. Full details HERE!

To purchase tickets, please click HERE!

# A Discussion with Lesley M.M. Blume

Friday, September 23, 7:00 PM

Lesley M.M. Blume is an award-winning journalist, reporter, cultural historian, and author. She contributes regularly to Vanity Fair, The Wall Street Journal, and Departures magazine; her work has appeared in Town & Country, Vogue, T: The New York Times Style Magazine, and The Paris Review Daily, among other publications. She now specializes in stories about historical cultural achievements. In June 2016, Eamon Dolan Books / Houghton Mifflin Harcourt released her new book Everybody Behaves Badly: The True Story Behind Hemingway's Masterpiece The Sun Also Rises to commemorate the 90th anniversary of Sun's 1926 release.

As Blume is one of the key note speakers forWriters Weekend, we welcome guests to be a part of this discussion even if they have not purchased tickets to the full weekend event.

The discussion will take place in the Lincoln Financial Auditorium.

Tickets are $15 for just the evenings discussion

(This purchase includes this discussion only and will not permit the holder to any other events that weekend.)

Call (860) 247-0998 or to reserve tickets click HERE!

 

# A Discussion with Ocean Vuong

Saturday, September 24, 7:00 PM

Vuong is the author of Night Sky with Exit Wounds (Copper Canyon Press, 2016). A 2016 Whiting Award winner and Ruth Lilly fellow, he has received honors from The Civitella Ranieri Foundation, The Elizabeth George Foundation, The Academy of American Poets, Narrative magazine, and a Pushcart Prize. His writings have been featured in the Kenyon ReviewGRANTAThe NationNew RepublicThe New YorkerThe New York TimesPoetry, and American Poetry Review, which awarded him the Stanley Kunitz Prize for Younger Poets. Born in Saigon, Vietnam, he grew up in Hartford and now lives in New York City.

As Vuong is one of the key note speakers for Writers Weekend, we welcome guests to be a part of this discussion even if they have not purchased tickets to the full weekend event.

The discussion will take place in the Lincoln Financial Auditorium.

Tickets are $15 for just the evenings discussion

(This purchase includes this discussion only and will not permit the holder to any other events that weekend.)

Call (860) 247-0998 or to reserve tickets click HERE!

# Mark Twain American Voice in Literature Award Ceremony at Lincoln Center: Honoring T.C. Boyle

Monday, September 26, 5:00-8:00 p.m.

Mark Twain American Voice in Literature Award

We are pleased to honor T.C. Boyle for his 2015 novel The Harder They Come at our inaugural award ceremony at the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse at Lincoln Center.

This award was established by Mark Twain House trustee David Baldacci. The event is sponsored by trustee Roger Michel.

Mark Twain remains America's most beloved author and ambassador. He spoke in a uniquely American voice, and this award and event were conceived to honor that legacy.

Finalist judges, Twain scholars David Bradley, Jocelyn Chadwick, and Shelley Fisher Fishkin, voted unanimously to award the $25,000 prize to Boyle, writing:

"Mark Twain once said, 'On the whole, it is better to deserve honors and not have them than to have them and not deserve them.' All three novels presented to us by the nominating committee certainly deserve honors, and each in its own way embodies  Mark Twain's uniquely American voice… and his disgust with lies of silent assertion. All three of these novels speak fearlessly and loudly and in distinct voices that Mark Twain would have recognized and applauded as American. We applaud all the finalists, but unanimously agree that T.C. Boyle's The Harder They Come is the one most deserving of the 2016 Mark Twain American Voice in Literature Award."

Join us to honor the American voice at this inaugural ceremony that will include a live performance of a scene from SAWYER, a new play by Mark Twain House playwright in residence Noah Altshuler and a live musical performance by the "Queen of Bluegrass" Rhonda Vincent and the Rage - the most award-winning bluegrass band in the world, with special guest Ashley Campbell!

Join us for food & drink, conversation & camaraderie, music & laughter as we honor T.C. Boyle!

Program:

5:00 – Reception/Hors d'oeuvres (food & drink available throughout the evening)

5:45 – Welcome

6:00 – Select scene from SAWYER, a new play by the Mark Twain House’s Playwright in Residence, Noah Altshuler

6:15 – Award presentation, introduction of T.C. Boyle, special remarks and a reading by T.C. Boyle

6:45 – Musical performance by “Queen of Bluegrass” Rhonda Vincent and the Rage with special guest Ashley Campbell

8:00 – Closing remarks

All guests will receive an autographed copy of The Harder They Come.

 

Tickets: $300 (premium/front row) and $200


Space is limited!

Purchase tickets here!

Please note: This event is held at the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse at Lincoln Center, 165 West 65th Street, New York. Enter the Rose Building with large stairs (across the street from an orange building). Take the escalator to third floor, then take elevator to tenth floor, Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse.

# The 9th Annual TAPPING INTO TWAIN

Friday, September 30, 5:30-9:30 p.m.

The Ninth Annual Tapping into Twain event -- The Mark Twain House & Museum's own Oktoberfest -- has added more than thirty brewers, micro-brewers, and beer vendors to its list.

The event -- dubbed by the Hartford Advocate "absolutely, positively, without any doubt whatever, one of the best charitable events Hartford has beheld in quite some time" -- runs Friday, September 30, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

 

Food at the event, which has drawn hundreds each of its nine years of existence, will be provided by a constellation of Hartford culinary stars: Bear's BBQ, Bertucci's, Salute, The Half Door, Severance Chips, Newgate Farms, The Kitchen at Billings Forge, and Tallulah's

For entertainment, there are The Rude Mechanicals, a beloved Connecticut band that plays eclectic rock with a Celtic flair, and Mission Zero, a brother-and-sister indie pop duo with a big following.

Beer vendors as of press time include: Aspetuck Brew Lab, Back East Brewery, Black Hog, Black Bear Saloon, Blue Point,  Broad Brook, Brooklyn Beer Co., Bru Room, Black Hog Brewing, Charter Oak Brewing Co., City Steam, Firefly Hollow,  Franklin, Half Full Brewery, Hartford Better Beer Co., Olde Burnside Brewing, RI Distributing, Still Hill Brewery, Stony Creek, Tap Room, Willimantic, Zok's Home Brewing, Ballast Point, Narragansett, Baxter Brewing, Stone, Allagash, Lord Hobo, and Oskar Blues.

Supported in part by the Greater Hartford Arts Council's United Arts Campaign, with the support of the Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts.

Prices include all food, beverages and a collectible pint glass!

Advance Tickets: $45.00

Door Price: $50.00

Designated Driver: $20.00

MTH&M Members$40.00

Purchase your tickets HERE!

Oct

October


# The Trouble Begins at 5:30: Steve Kemper on Frederick Russell Burnham

Thursday, October 6, Reception at 5:00 p.m.; Lecture at 5:30

Like Mark Twain, Frederick Russell Burnham came of age in Western mining camps and boomtowns and, like Twain, enjoyed the admiration and friendship of some of his era’s notable people, including Theodore Roosevelt and Cecil Rhodes. But while Twain soon settled into the refinements of Hartford, Burnham spent a lifetime chasing frontiers across the globe. He was once world-famous as “the American scout.”

Gunplay, ambushes, secret missions, countless narrow escapes from death, assassinations performed and thwarted, great fortunes made and lost—this list barely begins to describe Burnham’s outsized life (1861-1947). His adventures encompassed Apache wars and Western range feuds, booms and busts in mining camps from Mexico to the Klondike, explorations in remote regions of Africa, and death-defying military feats that brought him fame and high honors, including the DSO from King Edward VII. Other men of his era had a few such adventures, but Burnham had them all. His friend H. Rider Haggard, author of many best-selling exotic tales, once remarked of him, “in real life he is more interesting than any of my heroes of romance.” Once world-famous as “the American scout,” his expertise in woodcraft helped inspire another friend, Robert Baden-Powell, to found the Boy Scouts.

On Thursday, October 6, Burnham’s story will be presented by Steve Kemper, journalist and author of A Splendid Savage: the Restless Life of Frederick Russell Burnham (W. W. Norton, 2016). The Wall Street Journal described the book as “rich, detailed, and pitch-perfect, with the witty and wonderful skipping off every page."

Kemper is the also the author of A Labyrinth of Kingdoms: 10,000 Miles Through Islamic Africa and Code Name Ginger, as well as many articles for national magazines. He lives in West Hartford, Connecticut.

Copies of A Splendid Savage will be available to purchase for signing after the lecture.

The Trouble Begins at 5:30 is gennerously supported by Hot Tomato's Ristorante and Manchester Wine and Liqours.

Free event - reservations are highly suggested. Call (860) 247-0998 or to reserve tickets click here.

# Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours

Friday, October 7, Also October 8, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29; 6:00, 7:00, 8:00, 9:00, and 10:00 p.m.

We reprise our popular Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours for Halloween month fun. The Mark Twain House has been featured on Syfy Channel's Ghost Hunters and the Biography Channel's My Ghost Story.

On these tours participants will hear all these creepy tales -- and learn about Mark Twain's own interest in the supernatural.

Filled with haunted history, dark tales and Victorian traditions surrounding seances and spiritualism, these nighttime tours are as educational as they are goosebump-inducing.

Prior to the tour, we'll be showing the short film Ghost Tour, which was filmed in The Mark Twain House.

The tours sell out fast, so be sure to call (860) 247-0998 soon to make your reservations!

The tours are tsponsored by Tsunami Tsolutions.

Please call (860) 247-0998 for more information & ticketing. Or, click here for tickets.

# 2016 Family Series: COMMEDIA MANIA!

Saturday, October 8, 2:00 p.m.

COMMEDIA MANIA!  The classic Italian art of commedia dell’arte gets a modern twist for family audiences!  COMMEDIA MANIA is a show of masks, laughs, slapstick and shameless theatrical nonsense.  This energetic, comic troupe performs traditional stories as well as sends up timeless pieces. Commedia Mania is happy to bring their zany antics to The Mark Twain House & Museum and put their own spin on several of Twain classics.

Activity:  Families will learn the basics of commedia movement with the troop so they can put on their own shows at home!

Sponsored by The Hartford

Tickets: $10 adults/$5 children; Click here for tickets!

# Book/Mark Event: Terry McDonell: The Accidental Life

Monday, October 10, 7:00 p.m.

The Mark Twain House & Museum is thrilled to present a Book/Mark event with noted editor and journalist Terry McDonell.

McDonell’s new memoir, The Accidental Life (Alfred A. Knopf), tells the story of his career as a magazine editor at Outside, Rolling Stone, Esquire, and Sports Illustrated. The subtitle provides more detail:  An Editor’s Notes on Writers and Writing. McDonell has developed a reputation as an editor who put the reader first by putting the story and the writer first. The Accidental Life is brimming with tales of work and friendship with  P.J. O’Rourke, Tom McGuane, Jim Harrison, Richard Ford, James Salter, Rick Reilly and Hunter S. Thompson with whom McDonell took acid and then played golf (with George Plimpton as their third). McDonell will read selections from his book and take questions. The Accidental Life will be available for purchase. A book signing will follow the discussion.

TERRY McDONELL has won numerous awards for his editorial work at various magazines and websites. He is also a novelist and poet, and has written and produced for film and television. In 2012, he was inducted into the American Society of Magazine Editors’ Hall of Fame. He is the president of the board of the Paris Review Foundation and serves on the Board of Overseers of the Columbia Journalism Review. He lives in New York City.

This event is FREE. Reservations are strongly suggested.

To reserve tickets call (860) 247-0998 or click here.

# Patti Smith in Conversation: A "Mark My Words" Event

Thursday, October 13, 7:00 p.m.

The Mark Twain House & Museum is pleased to present Patti Smith in Conversation: A Mark My Words Event. This special program, centered around a discussion of Smith’s second memoir M Train, will be held at the Immanuel Congregational Church at 10 Woodland Street on Thursday, October 13 at 7:00 p.m.

Patti Smith is a writer, performer, and visual artist. She gained recognition in the 1970s for her revolutionary merging of poetry and rock and roll. She has released twelve albums, including Horses, which has been hailed as one of the top one hundred albums of all time by Rolling Stone.

Smith’s 2010 memoir Just Kids won the National Book Award for nonfiction. The Chicago Tribune called Just Kids “the most compelling memoir by a rock artist since Bob Dylan’s ‘Chronicles: Volume One,’ written with intimacy and grace.”
Just Kids tells the story of Smith’s life in the late 1960s and early 1970s while also serving as a tribute to her friendship with the photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. M Train is a collection of observations, memories and a deliberation on loss and longing, told through the prism of the cafés and haunts she has worked in around the world. Patti Smith has described M Train as “a roadmap to my life.”

Smith will be joined in conversation by Colin McEnroe, host of WNPR's The Colin McEnroe Show.

Ticket price includes a copy of M Train. Just Kids will also be on sale at the event.

The Mark Twain House & Museum's Mark My Words series is generously sponsored by:
The Hartford, Wish You Well Foundation, and Hoffman Auto Group.

 


Additional support provided by:
The State Department of Economic and Community Development
Greater Hartford Arts Council

$20.00 MTH&M Members - Discounted advance ticket sales for Members only will be available on Thursday August 25. 10:00 a.m. Priority seating will be given to MTH&M Members.

For the opportunity to secure pre-sale tickets and for Patti Smith, become a member today! Please visit our website or call 860-280-3112.

$25.00 General Public - On sale is Monday August 29. 10:00 a.m. Purchase tickets by calling 860-247-0998 or clicking here!

# An Evening with Ralph Nader: A Mark My Words Event

Saturday, October 15, 7:00 p.m.

Ralph Nader, the David in a career of David-and-Goliath struggles against the depredations of major corporations and the U.S. government, will return to The Mark Twain House & Museum on Saturday, October 15, for a special “Mark My Words” presentation: “An Evening with Ralph Nader: Breaking Through Power.”

Mr. Nader will discuss his latest book, Breaking Through Power: It’s Easier Than We Think (City Lights Media).

The event begins at 7:00 p.m. and will be followed by a book sale and signing.

In his 1906 “The Teaching of Jay Gould,” Mark Twain denigrated the robber baron who “taught the entire nation to make a god of the money and the man, no matter how the money might have been acquired.” In Breaking Through Power, Nader draws from a lifetime waging his battles against today’s robber barons, and provides a succinct wake-up call for his fellow Americans. He highlights the success stories of citizens who organize change and work together to derail the many ways in which wealth manipulates politics, labor, media, the environment, and the quality of national life. Nader makes a case that the nation can -- and must -- be democratically managed by communities guided by the U.S. Constitution.


Nader, who grew up in Winsted, Connecticut, has been called one of America's most effective social critics, but is also a highly controversial figure, especially in his frequent role as a third-party Presidential candidate, and especially in the 2000 election. TIME magazine has called him the "U.S.'s toughest customer." The “Mark My Words” event will no doubt include commentary on the 2016 Presidential tourney.

Nader is also the founder of Winsted’s American Museum of Tort Law, which opened to the public last year.  “I’m constantly astounded how a country can go over 200 years and not have a law museum and still brag about being a country with a rule of law,’’ Mr. Nader told the Wall Street Journal.

“An Evening with Ralph Nader” will take place in the Lincoln Financial Auditorium, located in the museum’s Webster Bank Visitors Center at 351 Farmington Avenue, Hartford, Connecticut.

Tickets are $30, $25 for members of the museum. Click here to purchase or call 860-247-0998.

# Fisk Jubilee Singers

Saturday, October 22, 7:00 p.m. (8:30 VIP Reception)

The Mark Twain House & Museum has presented the Fisk Jubliee Singers several times over the years, most notably as the inaugural performance in its Museum Center over a decade ago. This year, the Museum is thrilled to partner with the Farmington Historical Society for a memorable collaborative celebration.

The Fisk Jubilee Singers are vocal artists and students at Fisk University in Nashville, TN., who sing and travel worldwide.

The Fisk Jubilee Singers is composed of Fisk University students. The group was formed in 1871 to undertake a concert tour and raise money for the university. The Jubilee Singers introduced their mostly white audiences to the stirring grandeur of spirituals (then called “slave songs”). Their performances were a great success, and the group was even invited by President Ulysses S. Grant to perform at the White House.  In 1873, the Jubilee Singers toured Europe to similar acclaim.  

The Fisk Jubilee Singers is an enduring tradition at Fisk University.  The group attracts talented students from throughout the world, and continues to perform to acclaim around the globe.  The Fisk Jubilee Singers has been inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, and has been the recipient of numerous other awards, including the Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award of The National Arts Club.  The group was also the subject of an installment of the PBS show The American Experience.  

Mark Twain was an admirer of the Jubilee Singers. He had a great love of gospel spirituals rooted in his youth and was very impressed by the ensemble, seeing them perform several times. Twain wrote in 1873 that he had “heard them sing once, & I would walk seven miles to hear them sing again. You will recognize that this is strong language for me to use, when you remember that I never was fond of pedestrianism, & got tired of walking.” Two years later, in 1875, he was still an avid fan, “I am expecting to hear the Jubilee Singers to-night, for the fifth time (the reason it is not the fiftieth is because I have not had fifty opportunities)”.  

In a letter of recommendation for the group, he wrote, “I think that in the Jubilees [singers] and their songs America has produced the perfectest [sic] flower of the ages; and I wish it were a foreign product, so that she would worship it and lavish money on it and go properly crazy over it.”

“Do not fail to hear the Jubilee Singers. I am very well satisfied that you will not regret it.” – Mark Twain in letter to Tom Hood and George Routledge and Sons, March 10, 1873

Join us as we pay tribute to the 175th Anniversary of the Amistad Captives coming to Farmington, Connecticut.

A limited number of tickets are available for a post concert dessert reception at Porter Memorial Hall at 8:30 p.m.

Tickets: $20 Student/$35 General or $75 VIP Reception

Click here for tickets or call 860-280-3130

Note: VENUE is the First Church of Christ Congregational in Farmington, CT

# Capital Classics presents "The War of the Worlds: The 1938 Radio Script by Howard E. Koch.- A Radio-Style Play

Friday, October 28, Friday 10/28 and Saturday 10/29 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, October 30 at 2:00 p.m.

Prepared to be scared with this radio theatre performance of H. G. Well's classic “The War of The Worlds”!  Watch as the Capital Classics performers and a sound effect specialist put on a show made for radio right in front of your eyes.

“The War of the Worlds” tells the story of an invasion of Earth by inhabitants of Mars. It was very famously done as a radio play for Halloween 1938, which caused widespread panic as many listeners thought the broadcast was relaying real events.  “The War of the Worlds” was also been made into a films in the 1950s and again by Steven Spielberg in 2005.

Capital Classics, a non-Equity professional theatre company, was founded in 1991 to enrich the cultural environment of Greater Hartford through the theatre arts. We are committed to providing classical entertainment that is affordable, accessible and engaging; serving the community with cultural and educational programming; and providing job opportunities and training to Connecticut's professional theatre artists.

Produced by special arrangement with Playscripts, Inc.

Ticktets are $20 ($15 for Mark Twain House members and Let's Go Arts members).

Please call (860) 247-0998. or click HERE for tickets!

# 2016 Family Series: PETE & CHRIS’s MAGIC SHOW!

Saturday, October 29, 2:00 p.m.

After delighting kids at our Tom Sawyer’s Trick or Treats, Pete and Chris return with a magic show that will delight and mystify children of all ages.  These two high-energy goofballs will keep you asking, “How did they do that?!”

Each event not only includes a performance, but an educational activity/workshop/interactive component.

Activity:  Families will learn magic tricks from Pete & Chris after the show.

Family Programs sponsored by The Hartford.

Tickets: $10 adults/$5 children Call 860. 247.0998 or click here!

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# 2016 Family Series presents: TANGLEWOOD MARIONETTES!

Saturday, November 5, 2:00PM

TANGLEWOOD MARIONETTES present AN ARABIAN ADVENTURE. 

A swashbuckling tale set in exotic lands, AN ARABIAN ADVENTURE tells the tale of a Persian prince who is thrown into a dungeon because of his love for a beautiful princess.  Facing danger at every turn, the courageous prince must use his wits his escape his prison, defeat the diabolical vizier, and save the princess from a tragic fate.

Each event not only includes a performance, but an educational activity/workshop/interactive component.

Family Programs sponsored by The Hartford

 

Tickets: $10 adults/$5 children; Click HERE for tickets!

# The Trouble Begins at 5:30: Mark Twain and American Presidents

Thursday, November 10, Reception at 5:00; Lecture at 5:30

Mark Twain’s frank observations about American culture in the Gilded Age often ring true today.  His take on the Presidents of his day are funny, insightful and could still be applied to the modern presidency.  Join Mark Twain House employees Mallory Howard and Jason Scappaticci as they explore Twain on the American Presidency, two days after our next election.

Mallory Howard is the Assistant Curator at The Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford and has worked at the museum for over 8 years.  She has a special interest in Mark Twain’s marginalia and was fortunate to discover new marginalia at the Hartford residence in 2011.  Ms. Howard has lectured on the subject for numerous institutions including libraries, community centers, and universities.  She studied American History at Central Connecticut State University and was inducted into the national history honor society Phi Alpha Theta;  she also holds a certification from the Modern Archives Institute in Washington D.C.

Jason Scappaticci is from Manchester, CT, where he works as Director of New Students and First Year Programs at Manchester Community College.  He is also active in local politics and is currently serving in his second term on the Manchester Board of Education.  He earned a BA in history from Utica College and an MA in American Studies from Trinity College in Hartford.  He has a number of lectures on historical topics and has traveled through many towns of the state to give the lectures for senior centers, libraries and historical societies.  He has also been invited to speak at the Old State House in Hartford. 

 

The Trouble Begins at 5:30 is gennerously supported by Hot Tomato's Ristorante and Manchester Wine and Liqours.

 

Free event - reservations are highly suggested. Call (860) 247-0998 or to reserve tickets click here.

# The Mark Twain House & Museum 2016 Annual Gala: An Evening with Ira Glass

Saturday, November 12, 8:00 p.m.

The Mark Twain House & Museum is pleased to present An Evening with Ira Glass, featuring his newest performance, “Seven Things I’ve Learned” as part of our Annual Gala at The Bushnell in Hartford, Connecticut.

VIP Gala packages include a private dinner reception with Mr. Glass, premiere performance seating for the show, and a private post-show dessert reception. Cost is $275 per person; $125 of each ticket is tax deductible. Please call 860-280-3112 to purchase; space is extremely limited.

Sponsored by: Voya, Landmark Partners; Webster; Deloitte; The Hartford; Fairview Capital Partners, Inc.; Robinson & Cole LLP; BlumShapiro & Company, LLC; Dornenburg/Kallenbach Advertising; Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection & Insurance Company; Pullman & Comley, LLC; Purdue Pharma L.P.; Aetna; Downes Construction Company

With special thanks to WNPR/CPBN.

Visit our sponsors below!

 

VIP Gala packages include a private dinner reception with Mr. Glass , premiere performance seating for the show, and a private post-show dessert reception. Cost is $275 per person; $125 of each ticket is tax deductible. Please call 860-280-3112 to purchase; space is extremely limited.

General Admission tickets are $28 to $68.

Members receive $5 off Gold Circle Tickets.

# Roy Blount Jr.: A "Mark My Words" Event

Thursday, November 17, 6:00 p.m. VIP Reception - 7:30 p.m. Event

The Mark Twain House & Museum is pleased to present acclaimed author Roy Blount Jr. for a Mark My Words event. Blount will read from his latest book, Save Room for Pie, a lively compendium of essays, poems, songs, limericks, and news stories (both fake and real) about food. Blount will speak at the Lincoln Financial Auditorium in The Mark Twain House & Museum on Thursday, November 17, at 7:30 p.m., preceded by a VIP reception at 6:00 p.m. 

Roy Blount Jr. is a highly accomplished writer with a versatile and distinctly humorous style. His subjects have ranged from the Pittsburgh Steelers (About Three Bricks Shy of a Load ) to Duck Soup, the Marx Brothers' war satire  (Hail, Hail Euphoria!) to two delightful examinations of words, usage, and letters themselves (Alphabet Juice and Alphabetter Juice).

His second book, Crackers, prompted Norman Mailer to say, "Page for page, Roy Blount is as funny as anyone I've read in a long time."

Blount is a panelist on NPR's Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me, ex-president of the Authors Guild, a member of PEN and the Fellowship of Southern Authors, a New York Public Library Literary Lion, a Boston Public Library Literary Light, a usage consultant to the American Heritage Dictionary, and an original member of the Rock Bottom Remainders.

Copies of Save Room for Pie will be available for purchase.

The Mark Twain House & Museum's Mark My Words series is generously sponsored by The Hartford, Wish You Well Foundation, and Hoffman Auto Group.

$25.00 MTH&M Members

$30.00 General Public
- On sale Monday, September 12 at 10:00 a.m.

$75 VIP Reception with Roy - Save room for pie, coffee, and conversation from 6:00 to 7:00. VIP tickets include priority seating for the 7:30 event.

TICKETS HERE!

# The MOuTH - Chew on This: Stories About Things You Put In Your Mouth

Friday, November 18, 7:30 p.m.

The Mark Twain House & Museum continues "The MOuTH," a storytelling series with WNPR personality Chion Wolf.

The event is in no way a competition, just storytelling in front of friends in a museum dedicated to Mark Twain, one of our country's best storytellers.

Submissions are now open. Here's how it works: Email HartfordMouth@gmail.com with your name, approximate story length of LESS THAN 10 MINUTES (note - it usually takes longer to tell your story than you think! Tell it a few times to friends, refine it, and time it!), and a short description of what your story is about.

Wolf will look over the submissions and assemble a lineup. "If you don't get on the list, don't take it personally," says Wolf. "It's our loss, and hopefully we can hear from you at a future 'Mouth' event."

There will also be a "Wild Card." Those wanting to tell a short story can put their names in a hat when they arrive, and at some point, a name will be picked.

Chion Wolf, technical producer, announcer, and photographer for WNPR, can be heard on the Colin McEnroe Show Monday through Friday at 1 and 8pm, and during breaks throughout the week!

$5.00 (Storytellers chosen for the lineup get in free.) Call (860) 247-0998 or click here.

# SIX BY TWAIN: Short Stories by Mark Twain Adapted for the Stage by David Carkeet

Wednesday, November 30, 7:00 pm 2 hr. performance. 10 min intermission. Reception following.

Join us for a staged reading of these brand-new play adaptations of classic Mark Twain short stories--“The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg,” “The McWilliamses and the Burglar Alarm,” “Cannibalism in the Cars,” “Buck Fanshaw’s Funeral,” “What Is Man?” and Twain’s Adam and Eve diaries. Novelist and Twainian David Carkeet has adapted these stories for the stage, capturing their delightful characters, their surprising story lines, and their linguistic playfulness. The staged reading will be directed by Chris Bushey, with a cast of veteran community theater actors from central Connecticut.

David Carkeet is the author of six novels, three of them New York Times Book Review Notable Books of the Year. One of them, The Full Catastrophe, was adapted for the stage by playwright Michael Weller, and it premiered last summer at the Contemporary American Theater Festival in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. Carkeet has written extensively about Mark Twain for scholarly and general audiences. His essays have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Village Voice, Smithsonian, Salon, Poets and Writers, and The Oxford American.

What better way to celebrate Mark Twain’s birthday on November 30 than to relish these favorite short stories vividly reimagined for the stage. And there will be cake!

This event is graciously sponsored by The Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation

Tickets are $10 General Admission - $5 MTH&M Members - Students, educators, seniors are free with Valid ID!

To purchase tickets Call (860) 247-0998 or click HERE!

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# CLUE Tours of the Mark Twain House

Friday, December 2, 7:00PM - 10:00PM

CLUE Tours will be offered in a special, one-night-only edition at The Mark Twain House & Museum, using the various rooms (secret passageway, conservatory, billiards room, and more) of the Twain house -- and some of the author's favorite literary characters -- as part of the game. 

Who killed that varmint Pap Finn? Was it Tom Sawyer in the Library with the Wrench? Merlin in the Billiard Room with the Knife? The Pauper in the Kitchen with the Rope?

Play our live-action version of the classic board game CLUE in an hour-long tour featuring the famed comedy troupe SEA TEA IMPROV as Twain's beloved characters/suspects. CLUE Tours provide all the murder, mayhem and merriment you expect in a whodunit. Our Clue Tours were featured on an episode of the Travel Channel show Wackiest Tours!

Sea Tea Improv (seateaimprov.com) is an improv comedy company professionally trained by Hartford Stage Company, ImprovBoston, and the Upright Citizens Brigade in New York that dazzles Hartford and beyond on a regular basis with their witty interpretations of audience suggestions.  They perform short improvised games and long improvised plays at public & private functions, teach classes to students of all ages, and train professionals in the art of communication. They've performed all over Connecticut, New England, and up and down the Eastern Seaboard.

This event is supported by Webster Bank.

Reservations are required, and tours sell out, so please book early.

Tickets are $22; museum members are $17; children 6 to 17 are $15.  

To purchase tickets, please call (860) 247-0998 or click HERE!

# FREE HOUSE TOURS FOR HARTFORD RESIDENTS

Saturday, December 3, 9:30AM to 4:30PM

Our holiday tradition is back!

Hartford residents are invited to tour the Mark Twain House & Museum for free on Saturday, December 3rd, when the house will be beautifully decorated for the holidays!

(Proof of residency required)

Please note that this offer is not in conjunction with our Living History Tours and that the last tour starts at 4:30 p.m.

FREE for Hartford Residents (Proof of residency required)

For more information call 860-247-0998

Sponsored by The Hartford

# 36th Annual Holiday House Tour

Sunday, December 4, 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (Mark Twain House) 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (All other houses)

The Friends of The Mark Twain House & Museum present the 36th Annual Holiday House Tour!

Come on it!

In addition to The Mark Twain House, which will be decorated for the holidays, five lovely homes will also be featured on the tour decorated for the holidays and featuring live music and floral arrangements. We are pleased to present these area homes:

John & Kathy Suisman - 944 Mountain Road, Bloomfield

Dave & Diane Kopp - 164 Balbrae Drive, Bloomfield

Michael & Shari Cantor - 39 Colony Road, West Hartford

George & Diana Jepsen - 995 Prospect Ave, West Hartford

Emily Bevelaqua & Helder Mira - 128 North Beacon Street, Hartford

Our sincere thanks to these gracious hosts for welcoming everyone into their homes on this special day.

SPECIAL: As part of this year's Holiday House Tour, the tour of the Mark Twain House will feature the official reopening of the famed Mahogany Suite off the library. Closed for over a decade, we are thrilled to open it again to the public in its Gilded Age grandeur on this special day. Also, the restored portion of Mark Twain's Carriage House will also be open for the first time ever to the public - just for the 36th Annual Holiday House Tour! Don't miss it!

Tickets: $30 Advance/$35 at the Door

Click HERE to purchase or call 860-280-3130.

# The Trouble Begins at 5:30: Mark Twain: Religion and Irreligion Co-Presented with the Leonard E. Greenberg Center for the Study of Religion in Public Life, Trinity College, Hartford

Thursday, December 15, Reception at 5:00; Lecture at 5:30

Mark Twain’s religious beliefs are one of the most controversial topics associated with one of America’s most controversial authors. Atheist? Agnostic? Critic? Christian? Perhaps all of the above, at different times? Twain’s religiosity has fascinated his readership since the publication of Letters from the Earth, over fifty years after his death, brought Twain’s private and distinctly un-Victorian views on religion to light. Four noted scholars will explore different aspects of Mark Twain, religion, and irreligion in the nineteenth century.

Prof. Kerry Driscoll will discuss "Mark Twain and Native American Spirituality"

Dr. Andrew Walsh will discuss "Religion in Mark Twain’s Hartford"

Steve Courtney will discuss "The Friendship Between the Rev. Joseph Twichell and Mark Twain"

The panel will be introduced and chaired by Prof. Mark Silk

After receiving his Ph.D. in history from Harvard University, Mark Silk edited the Boston Review and spent 10 years as a reporter, editorial writer, and columnist for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. In 1996 he became the founding director of the Leonard E. Greenberg Center for the Study of Religion in Public Life at Trinity College in Hartford, where he is also Professor of the Study of Religion in Public Life. He is the author of Spiritual Politics: Religion and America Since World War II, Unsecular Media: Making News of Religion in America, and (with Andrew Walsh) One Nation, Divisible: How Regional Religious Differences Shape American Politics. He edits the Center's on-line magazine, Religion in the News, and his column, "Spiritual Politics," is a feature of the Religion News Service, where he is a senior columnist and contributing editor. In 2014 he became chair of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Connecticut Jewish Ledger.

Kerry Driscoll, Professor of English at the University of St Joseph, is the author of the forthcoming book, Mark Twain among the Indians, which examines the writer's attitudes towards, and conflicting representations of, Native Americans. She is the current president of the Mark Twain Circle of America.

Andrew Walsh is managing editor of Religion in the News, associate director of the Leonard E. Greenberg Center for the Study of Religion in Public Life, and visiting assistant professor of history and religion.  He holds degrees from Trinity College, Yale Divinity School, and Harvard University, where he earned a Ph.D. in the History of American Civilization in 1996.  His academic interests focus on American religious, cultural, and political history during the late 19th and 20th centuries. Walsh also worked for The Hartford Courant for six years, serving as a reporter, bureau chief, and religion writer. His doctoral dissertation is entitled: "For Our City's Welfare: Building a Protestant Establishment in Late Nineteenth Century Hartford." 

Steve Courtney is the author of Joseph Hopkins Twichell: The Life and Times of Mark Twain's Closest Friend (Georgia, 2008) winner of the Connecticut Book Award; 'The Loveliest Home That Ever Was': The Story of the Mark Twain House in Hartford (Dover, 2011); and Mark Twain's Hartford (Arcadia, 2016), among other works. He is co-editor, with Peter Messent and Harold K. Bush, of the forthcoming Mark Twain-Joseph Hopkins Twichell Letters (Georgia). He has been a journalist for forty years, much of that time at The Hartford Courant, and has served as publicist at The Mark Twain House & Museum, where he founded a Twainian lecture series and a writing program. Retired, he still works in the Curatorial Department at the museum.

The Trouble Begins at 5:30 is gennerously supported by Hot Tomato's Ristorante and Manchester Wine and Liqours.

Free event - reservations are highly suggested. Call (860) 247-0998 or to reserve tickets click here.

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# Writing in Mark Twain's Library

Thursday, January 26, 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Not a writing class, not a writing workshop, just three hours of uninterrupted writing time in Mark Twain's own library. Join a select handful of fellow scribblers, including a special guest writer, to write, reflect, and plot whatever piece of literature you're working on. The space is quiet, except for the burbling fountain in the nearby conservatory, and infused with Mark Twain's spirit. Don't miss this once-in-a-life opportunity --and bring a friend to sit and share the experience with. Laptops welcome, but make sure you charge up before you come, as we have no power outlets to offer. Pencils only; no pens permitted!

SPACE IS LIMITED! Reserve your spot early!

Cost is $50. Please call (860) 247-0998 or click here.

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