Friday, March 14, 7:00 p.m.
Calling all wild women (and the men who love them)!
The Mark Twain House & Museum has been selected to launch Jean Zimmerman’s latest novel, “SAVAGE GIRL”. A suspenseful and murderous read, the book follows the story of a young woman believed to be raised by wolves who is adopted and transported to Gilded Age Manhattan. Shortly after her arrival, murders occur leading to a sensational investigation to determine whether or not the deaths are caused by this “savage girl.”
"Savage Girl" is a romping narrative that bounces from Twain’s Wild West home of Virginia City, Nevada to Edith Wharton’s New York high society.
Get ready for a savage evening of fun and conversation with New York Times bestselling author Jean Zimmerman, author of “The Orphanmaster” and “Love, Fiercely: A Gilded Age Romance”. Zimmerman, a historical novelist whose career includes nonfiction as well as fiction, will share edifying and entertaining images that give some cultural context for the fabulous Gilded Age world she has created in “Savage Girl”.
Mark Twain served as an inspiration for a part of the novel that takes place in Virginia City, Nevada, where he worked as a as a cub reporter--a period he later looked back on when he wrote "Roughing It".
This is free event, followed by a book signing. Reservations are suggested; please call (860) 280-3130.
Saturday, March 15, 7:00 pm
Christine Lavin is a singer/songwriter/guitarist/recording artist living in New York City. She is currently (2014) working on her 21st solo album, and in December 2013 she co-produced her tenth compilation CD JUST ONE ANGEL v2.0 showcasing the holiday songs of 19 songwriters whose work she loves. The food-themed compilaiion One Meat Ball, includes a 96-page cookbook that Christine edited. For four years she hosted "Slipped Disks" on xm satellite radio, playing CDs slipped to her backstage by compatriots, and is the occasional guest host for the City Folk Sunday Breakfast Show on WFUV-FM at Fordham University. She also writes freelance for various publications (including The Washington Post, Huffington Post, The St. Petersburg Times, The Performing Songwriter, and Delta "Sky" Magazine). Her song "Amoeba Hop" was turned into a science/music book by illustrator Betsy Franco Feeney (Puddle Jump Press), received the stamp of approval from The International Society of Protistologists, and a "Best Book Award" from the American Association for The Advancement of Science.
Betsy and Christine have collaborated again on HOLE IN THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA, a children's book with CD that tells the story of an oil spill with an emphasis on clean, alternative energy. More than 50 singers from around the world are included on the CD. That book was crowd-funded by Kickstarter and is currently looking a publisher.
Christine performs concerts all over the US, Canada, and points beyond (Australia, Germany, Israel), and hosts knitting circles backstage prior to each show. Songs of hers have been performed by artists as diverse as Broadway stars Betty Buckley, Sutton Foster, and David Burnham, cabaret divas Andrea Marcovicci. Barbara Brussell, and Colleen McHugh, the college a cappella Dartmouth Decibelles, and The Accidentals, winners of the National Harmony Sweepstakes championship.
Tickets are $25 with discounts for members. Call (860) 280-3130 or click here.
Thursday, March 13, 7:00 p.m.
Host a dinner party * Make a bed * Set a table * Use the proper fork * Polish silver * Prepare high tea * Present a calling card * Make conversation * Fold a shirt ... all with the charm, ease and sophistication of a butler.
In conjunction with the new "At Your Service" exhibit opening, Charles MacPherson, founder of the only licensed butler academy in North America, will discuss the essentials of entertaining and household management as outlined in his new beautifully illustrated style, etiquette and entertainment guide.
For anyone who rents or owns--be it a small urban condo or a lavish country estate--"The Butler Speaks" includes everything you need to know to simplify, organize and care for your home. It also offers modern advice on personal style and etiquette--how to receive guests; present your business card; make polite dinner conversation-- and advice on entertaining at home--how to make a cheese plate; hold your cutlery; set a table--all with the flair, charm and unpretentious grace of the butler.
This is a free event followed by a book sale and signing. Reservations are suggested; please call (860) 280-3130.
Thursday, March 13, 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Do you enjoy "Downton Abbey"? If so, you'll love the new "At Your Service" exhibition at The Mark Twain House & Museum.
"At Your Service", a special exhibition that will be on view from March 14 until September 1, 2014, will use historic objects from the collections of the museum and of other institutions to educate visitors about the daily work lives of servants of the nineteenth and early twentieth century, and to tell the stories of the diverse and interesting individuals who worked as servants for Mark Twain and his family.
There will be a free opening reception for At Your Service on Thursday, March 13 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. in the Mark Twain House Museum Center.
This is a free event. Reservations are suggested; please call (860) 280-3130.
Wednesday, March 12, 5:00 p.m. reception; The Trouble Begins at 5:30 p.m.
Late in life, Mark Twain railed against the American suppression of the Philippine independence movement. Susan K. Harris, is the Joyce and Elizabeth Hall Distinguished Professor of American Literature and Culture at The University of Kansas and the author of "God's Arbiters: Americans and the Philippines, 1898 - 1902" Central to the story is Mark Twain, an influential anti-imperialist partisan who was, for many, the embodiment of America. He wrote, “I am opposed to having the eagle put its talons on any other land.” A book signing will follow the event.
This is a Free Event! Reservations are suggested; please call (860) 280-3130.
The Mark Twain House is thrilled to announce an expanded set of programming for writers of all ages and experiences. Upcoming events include:
- Monthly writing workshops, beginning on March 22nd with "Playwriting with Sarah Moon"
- In-depth, challenging 6- week classes on Fiction, Memoir and Storytelling (with Nancy Antle, Mary Ann Tirone-Smith, and Tom Lee), beginning March 19th
- A unique opportunity to have several uninterrupted hours to write in Twain's Library-- a never-before-offered opportunity, on March 23rd
- The 3rd Annual Writers' Weekend, featuring Keynote Speaker Meg Wolitzer, from April 25th - 27th
- A writing contest to be announced soon!
For more information please peruse our Event Page-- or, write to email@example.com. Julia will answer any questions you may have about any of our programming.