Due to the winter weather, the Mark Twain House & Museum will open at 11:30am today (Monday, March 2).
Tuesday, March 3, 7:00 p.m.
Winner of the 2014 National Book Award for Fiction
National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 Honoree
New York Times Bestseller
Phil Klay's Redeployment takes readers to the frontlines of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, asking us to understand what happened there, and what happened to the soldiers who returned. Interwoven with themes of brutality and faith, guilt and fear, helplessness and survival, the characters in these stories struggle to make meaning out of chaos.
In “Redeployment", a soldier who has had to shoot dogs because they were eating human corpses must learn what it is like to return to domestic life in suburbia, surrounded by people "who have no idea where Fallujah is, where three members of your platoon died." In "After Action Report", a Lance Corporal seeks expiation for a killing he didn't commit, in order that his best friend will be unburdened. A Morturary Affairs Marine tells about his experiences collecting remains—of U.S. and Iraqi soldiers both. A chaplain sees his understanding of Christianity, and his ability to provide solace through religion, tested by the actions of a ferocious Colonel. And in the darkly comic "Money as a Weapons System", a young Foreign Service Officer is given the absurd task of helping Iraqis improve their lives by teaching them to play baseball. These stories reveal the intricate combination of monotony, bureaucracy, comradeship and violence that make up a soldier's daily life at war, and the isolation, remorse, and despair that can accompany a soldier's homecoming.
Redeployment is poised to become a classic in the tradition of war writing. Across nations and continents, Klay sets in devastating relief the two worlds a soldier inhabits: one of extremes and one of loss. Written with a hard-eyed realism and stunning emotional depth, this work marks Phil Klay as one of the most talented new voices of his generation.
This is a free event. Reservations are recommended. Please call (860) 280-3130 or click here.
Saturday, March 7, 7:30 PM
MATURE AUDIENCES ONLY - They may be dressed in their Sunday best, but don't let their innocent smiles and southern charm fool you! If Tenacious D and Dolly Parton got drunk and had a baby it would be the musical comedy duo Reformed Whores! Southern bred, but NYC based, Marie Cecile Anderson andKaty Frame deliver hilariously dirty country tunes with a wink and a smile.
The Whores stay busy straddling both music venues and comedy clubs across the country and we are excited to welcome them to the Mark Twain House! To view these lovely sirens of sin in action, visit http://www.reformedwhores.com/#video
Tickets are $20/ $15 for Mark Twain House & Museum members. Please call (860) 280-3130 or click here.
Thursday, March 5, 6:30 p.m.; light supper reception at 5:30 p.m.
One in three American school children will be arrested by the time they are twenty-three. Many of these youth will spend time in detention centers that do not incorporate everything we know about how to rehabilitate young offenders. In a candid examination of the American juvenile justice system, award-winning journalist Nell Bernstein shows that there is no right way to lock up a child. Join Bernstein and WNPR’s John Dankosky for a conversation that explores this controversial issue and discusses alternative community programs that support the child and their family.
A colaboration with Community Partners in Action, Connecticut Juvenile Justice Alliance & the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center.
Tickets are $20 which includes a light supper reception from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Please call (860) 280-3130 or click here.
New for 2015! Membership has its rewards!
Congratulations to January’s winner: Lavell Thompson!
Each month, all new and renewing members for the previous month will be entered into a drawing to win a $25 gift certificate to The Mark Twain Store.
Be sure to support The Mark Twain House & Museum and purchase or renew your membership to be entered into this drawing!
Each Monday we'll be rolling out a new 360-degree virtual tour of a room in the Mark Twain House. Check it out here!