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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Caricature of Mark Twain on the Mississippi River by John Sherffius If you could have a drink with any writer, living or dead, who would it be? It’s not a new question per se (in fact we put it to the public at last year’s National Book Festival ), but it never really gets old. I am often guilty of...
Readers at a Mark Twain event in Richmondtown, Staten Island. Photo by Jennifer Hsu/WNYC Earlier this year, in order to attract a fresh audience to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer , Big Read grantee Staten Island OutLOUD organized an innovative series of Mark Twain happenings, including "Make a Raft,...
By Ben Strand, Development Director, Young Auditorium at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Mark Twain circa 1907. Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress On April 21 at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Tony Award-winning actor Hal Holbrook performed as Mark Twain in the one-man show Mark...
White Heat book cover. Book cover courtesy of the Mark Twain Papers, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley When I think of Mark Twain, three bushy/unruly images come to mind: white mustache, white eyebrows, and white Einstein hair. But now, having worked on The Adventures of Tom...
Attleboro, Massachusetts Stephanie Jackson as Elizabeth Keckly. Photo courtesy of the East Haddam Stage Company The Adventures of Tom Sawyer describes the 19th century from the carefree perspective of a young boy. On September 24, the Attleboro Public Library will explore an entirely different...
The new USPS Forever stamp featuring Mark Twain. Image by Gregory Manchess Even though summer is basically over, Mark Twain and his ?hymn to American boyhood?--- The Adventures of Tom Sawyer ---lives on. Tom Sawyer and his wild adventures remind us just how precious the freedoms of childhood and...
Saco, ME Children playing a game of marbles, circa 1891. Image courtesy of the Stereograph Collection, Library of Congress, cph 3b09472 As summer begins and the 2010-2011 Big Read comes to a close, we have one last Big Read program taking place at Maine?s Dyer Library and Saco Museum. Drawing...
Plattsmouth, NE As part of the Nebraska Humanities Council Speaker Series, Mark Twain impersonator Wally Seiler presented "Mark Twain on the Lecture Circuit? for Plattsmouth Public Library's Big Read kick-off. Photo courtesy of Plattsmouth Public Library Channeling small town life in the 19th...
Massillon, Ohio A living history interpreter teaches children how to play marbles at Massillon Museum's Big Read kick-off event. Photo courtesy of Massillon Museum One of the interesting characteristics about The Big Read is that all kinds of not-for-profit organizations take part. Libraries are of...
Washington, DC "Travel" by Tiffa Day via Flickr While the newest round of looming winter storms is wreaking havoc with travel plans all across the country, it turns out that armchair traveling is still alive and well. In that spirit, here are five Big Read events that are on my wish list for...

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