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Ira Glass: 7 Things I Have Learned

Presenting Ira Glass at The Bushnell!

Saturday, November 12, 8:00 pm

Our 2016 Gala with "This American Life" host IRA GLASS will be held November 12 at The Bushnell

A few Gala Packages are still available. These are $275 and include a dinner reception with Mr. Glass catered by Max's, premiere performance seating for his show, and a private post-show dessert reception. Gala packages are EXTREMELY limited in number and can be ordered by calling (860) 280-3112.

General Admission tickets are now available! Members receive $5 off tickets! For all other seating, order online or call The Bushnell box office at (860) 987-5900.

Patti Smith in Conversation

Join us on Oct. 13 for a conversation with Patti Smith! Click here for details!

Mark Twain American Voice in Literature Award Winner Announced!

editT.C. Boyle Wins Inaugural Prize

August 10, 2016

We are pleased to announce that novelist T.C. Boyle is the winner of the inaugural Mark Twain American Voice in Literature Award for his novel, The Harder They Come, published in 2015 by Ecco/HarperCollins. The prize is $25,000.

Two runners-up will each be awarded $1,000:

Welcome to Braggsville by T. Geronimo Johnson (William Morrow/HarperCollins)

The First Bad Man by Miranda July (Scribner/Simon & Schuster)

Award Ceremony will be held in New York City on September 26, 2016. Save the date!

5th Annual Writers Weekend

Writers Weekend

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.

We are pleased to announce our keynote speakers:

Lesley M.M. Blume

Friday, September 23, 7 p.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. 

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Photo by: Oberto Gili

Ocean Vuong

Saturday, September 24, 7 p.m.

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, Narrativemagazine, and a Pushcart Prize. His writings have been featured in the Kenyon Review, GRANTA, The Nation, New Republic, The New Yorker, The New York Times, Poetry, 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.

ocean vuongPhoto by: Peter Bienkowski

The Writers Weekend registration fee includes admission to both keynote events.

The Writers Weekend features workshops covering a wide range of topics, including


         writing for children



         humor writing


         travel writing

         social media for writers

         diagramming sentences to improve your craft


         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! Check back for more details as the date draws nearer.

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. Early-bird discounted price for those registering before September 1: $170.

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.

Plan to attend the 5th Annual Writers Weekend!

Questions? Contact Director of Writing Programs Jennifer LaRue: jennifer.larue@marktwainhouse.org.


Patrick McAleer joins the LIVING HISTORY HOUSE TOUR lineup! Soon you will be able totake a guided tour of the Mark Twain house with Twain's Irish coachman, Patrick McAleer.

Read all about LIVING HISTORY HOUSE TOURS at the Mark Twain House in the latest Curatorial blog post.

LIVING HISTORY HOUSE TOURS are available most days of the week. What could be more special? For more details or to pre-register for your living history tour, click here.

Thinking about an EXTRA special event? Here's a great idea: tour the Mark Twain House with someone who actually "lived" there! Our Living History Tours come to life in March. Take a tour with that sassy, brassy housemaid Lizzie Wills, or thoughtful lady's maid Katy Leary, or even Olivia Clemens herself. These historically accurate tours are unlike anything you've experienced here before! Be among the first to bring friends and family for an intimate behind-the-scenes look at "the loveliest home that ever was." Get a sneak preview HERE!

Become a Member

Check out our new $35 Twainiac membership category.

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