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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

March 3, 2009 Fresno, CA California's Fresno County Library is celebrating The Adventures of Tom Sawyer through April. To raise public interest in The Big Read, which has become an annual event in Fresno, the library partnered with KFSN-TV -- the community's local ABC station -- which donated time...
November 22, 2008 Huntingdon, TN The best interview I ever conducted has always been the mid-fatwa profile I did of Salman Rushdie for the LA Reader -- until now. Tuesday night I got to have an onstage conversation about Twain and the reading life with Hal Holbrook and his wife, the actress Dixie...
November 13, 2008 Washington, DC It's always a little embarrassing when your favorite lines or passages in a book are everybody else's favorites too. My favorite moment in the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn , and quite possibly in all of American literature besides, comes when Huck famously chucks...
Washington, DC Long before the adventures of Kevin McCallister, Scout, and the Goonies, Tom Sawyer was leading the charge through a distinctively American childhood. In this excerpt from the opening pages of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain introduces us to one of the most indelible -- and...
August 27, 2008 Washington, DC 25 states. 15 days. 8 novels. 2 countries. 1 Ford Escape Hybrid. 1 seriously saddle-sore G-man. The Big Read initiative will hit the highway Sept. 12-27 for the Big Ride, a fortnight of events around the country designed to stitch together more than a dozen of the two...
July 25, 2008 Washington, DC Mark Twain. Photo courtesy of Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division The thing about Mark Twain is, every line he ever wrote is almost as quotable as the lines everybody already quotes. After a while you get the idea that John Bartlett and his quote-...
January 16, 2008 Washington, DC All the best books are sequels. Think about it. The Odyssey ? Sequel. Ulysses ? Sequel. Huck Finn ? Sequel. In that spirit, I hereby present a sequel to my earlier Twain columns, this one about Tom and Huck and their roles in their own -- and each other's -- books...
January 8, 2008 San Francisco, CA "The picture [of small-town Missouri in Tom Sawyer...
December 28, 2007 Washington, DC My draft of the Tom Sawyer Reader's Guide is due in mid-January, so I've got Twain on the brain. Each of our guides contains a few choice quotations from the author in question. The problem with Twain, naturally, is keeping the number of possible quotables somewhere...
August 6, 2007 Washington, DC "Nothing's riding on this except the, uh, first amendment to the Constitution, freedom of the press, and maybe the future of the country. Not that any of that matters, but if you guys [foul...

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