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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,...
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...
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...
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...

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