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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Washington, DC Photo used courtesy of The Mark Twain House and Museum. Yesterday, in 1835, a star was born. A rock star that is. Mark Twain (aka Samuel Clemens) is a wonderfully complex American figure whose fame / notoriety is second to none. But it's not often we hear he was America's first "rock...
Washington, DC "Recording Memories" by Erik Walker via Flickr This week we're beginning with endings! Can you guess which Big Read novels gave us these five last lines? 1. "I'm skimming across the surface of my own history, moving fast, riding the melt beneath the blades, doing loops and spins, and...
Rohnert Park, California Cristin Tuider and her son, Dean Jahnsen, receive a free a copy of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer from the Sonoma County Free Bookmobile. Photo by Glen Weaver The Big Read is rolling in Sonoma. Thanks to the Sonoma County Free Bookmobile, the Sonoma County Big Read, led by...
Washington, DC Mark Twain (born Samuel Clemens, 1835-1910), photo courtesy of The Mark Twain House and Museum ? What is the most rigorous law of our being? Growth. No smallest atom of our moral, mental, or physical structure can stand still a year. In other words, we change and must change...
Washington, DC The townspeople of Mark Twain's fictional St. Petersburg, Missouri, " talked back" during a Big Read event hosted by Satsuma Public Library. Satsuma is one of the many libraries participating in Alabama's statewide read of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer . Photo courtesy of Mary Ann...
Washington, DC "Sunny South" lithograph by Calvert Lithograph and Engraving Co. circa 1883 from Library of Congress collection Born into a literary family, Anne Fadiman is an acclaimed writer, scholar, editor, and teacher. She won the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1997 for The Spirit...
Washington, DC Stereographic portrait of Mark Twain circa 1907. From Library of Congress , Underwood and Underwood collection. Happy Birthday to Mark Twain ---nee Samuel Langhorne Clemens---who was born in Florida, Missouri, on this day in 1835. To celebrate, here's the printer's-apprentice-turned-...
September 25 , 2009 Washington, DC The Big Read's a big deal in Alabama where nine libraries have joined forces to take their Big Read of Mark Twain's The Adventures of Tom Sawyer statewide. In partnership with New South Books, which has published a special Alabama edition of the novel, some of the...
May 14, 2009 Washington, DC Fans of Big Read author Mark Twain will appreciate that the Calaveras County Fair and Jumping Frog Jubilee begins today in Angels Camp, California. According to the fair?s Web site, Twain was a regular visitor to the festival, which has been celebrated each year almost...
May 13, 2009 Cleveland, OH Since joining The Big Read as one of the first ten organizations to receive a grant in 2006, Fresno County Library has become a pro at bringing celebrated literary classics to life through diverse, entertaining activities that encourage folks to read, discuss, then repeat...

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