Novelist David Baldacci gifts $1M to Mark Twain home
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The historic home in Hartford where Mark Twain and his family once lived has received a $1 million gift from bestselling novelist David Baldacci and his wife.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Red-legged frogs made famous by Mark Twain are thriving in Yosemite Valley after a decades-long absence.
DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — The Latest on flooding along the Mississippi River (all times local):
A day after floodwaters broke through a temporary barrier in downtown Davenport,...
Today in History
Today in History
Today is Sunday, April 21, the 111th day of 2019. There are 254 days left in the year.
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Artifacts recovered from an 1872 time capsule stashed in the cornerstone of a demolished Masonic lodge in Reno include silver dollars minted in Carson City and San Francisco, and...
RENO, Nev. (AP) — The Latest on unveiling of an 1872 time capsule discovered in Reno (all times local, PDT):
Artifacts recovered from an 1872 time capsule stashed in the...
Nebraska library adds Mark Twain sculpture
GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) — There is a familiar face to literature lovers lounging on a bench outside the Grand Island Public Library.
Famous author Mark Twain has set up permanent residence...
CLARKSVILLE, Mo. (AP) — The window of the Bee Naturals bath-and-body shop offers a view out of a Mark Twain novel: The sprawling Mississippi River at one of its widest points lapping against a...
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Floodwaters driven by a swift current have torn through and spilled over levees at countless locations across the Midwest, swamping hundreds of homes and businesses. The levees...
Stan Lee’s devoted fans can mourn him at Hollywood memorial
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Stan Lee's devoted fans will have a chance to mourn him alongside his friends, family and co-creators at a memorial in Hollywood on Jan. 30, organizers announced Wednesday.
Lee's company POW! Entertainment announced that it will honor the Marvel Comics mogul outside the TCL Chinese Theatre, where Lee's hand and footprints are in cement.
Today in History
Today in History
Today is Friday, Nov. 30, the 334th day of 2018. There are 31 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Nov. 30, 1874, British statesman Sir Winston Churchill was born at Blenheim Palace.
On this date:
In 1782, the United States and Britain signed preliminary peace articles in Paris for ending the Revolutionary War; the Treaty of Paris was signed in Sept. 1783.
In 1835, Samuel Langhorne Clemens — better known as Mark Twain — was born in Florida, Missouri.
Today in History for November 30th
Project will renovate Hannibal’s riverfront
HANNIBAL, Mo. (AP) — City leaders in the historic northeast Missouri hometown of Mark Twain have been talking about renovating the area along Twain's beloved Mississippi River for three decades, and now, that work is about to begin.
Celebrities offer thanks, condolences in death of Stan Lee
Celebrities offer their thanks, remembrances and condolences in the death of Marvel legend Stan Lee, who died Monday at age 95.
"Sad, sad day. Rest In Power, Uncle Stan. You have made the world a better place through the power of modern mythology and your love of this messy business of being human..." The "Hulk" actor Mark Ruffalo, via Twitter.
Artisan writes tale of success with handmade pen business
FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Albert Einstein was dedicated to his M150 Pelikan writing pen. It's rumored that Queen Elizabeth has used the same Parker 51 since she was crowned in 1953. Samuel Clemens always used a Conklin Crescent, signing his books in longhand with his pen name, Mark Twain.
Artisan writes tale of success with handmade pen business
KING GEORGE, Va. (AP) — Albert Einstein was dedicated to his M150 Pelikan writing pen. It's rumored that Queen Elizabeth has used the same Parker 51 since she was crowned in 1953. Samuel Clemens always used a Conklin Crescent, signing his books in longhand with his pen name, Mark Twain.
Offerman to narrate literary audiobook ‘Twain’s Feast’
NEW YORK (AP) — An upcoming audiobook about Mark Twain offers food for thought, and some thoughts for food.
Nick Offerman will narrate "Twain's Feast," a look at Twain's life through the food he loved.
The producer and distributor Audible Inc. announced Tuesday that the book comes out Nov. 2.
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Packed fall TV brings Julia Roberts, life after ‘Roseanne’
LOS ANGELES (AP) — There's so much television to watch or pretend to watch — have you really followed all of wrenching "The Handmaid's Tale" or even heartwarming "This Is Us"? — the guru who coined the term "peak TV" is upping the ante.
John Landgraf, the erudite chief executive of FX Networks, warned that TV's golden age may be morphing into a gilded one, borrowing Mark Twain's zinger aimed at the late 19th-century's crass excess.
Flood warnings as heavy rain expected over much of Missouri
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The remnants of Tropical Depression Gordon are expected to drop heavy rain across much of Missouri through the weekend, creating a risk of flooding and flash-flooding.
The National Weather Service says south-central Missouri and the St. Louis area could get up to 6 inches of rain by Sunday with more in some spots.
Man’s body found on riverfront in Hannibal
HANNIBAL, Mo. (AP) — Hannibal police are investigating after a man's body was found in the Mississippi River near the historic downtown area of the northeast Missouri town.
The body was found just before 10 a.m. Saturday near a marina not far from the Mark Twain historical sites. Police have not released the victim's name or provided any further details.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol was assisting in the investigation. It isn't clear if foul play is suspected.
John Hay was an American historical figure worth knowing about. An impressive list of other American historical figures certainly knew all about him.
Hay was President Abraham Lincoln’s private secretary. Later, he served as U.S. secretary of state for Presidents William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt.
But his circle of friends was much wider. Hay was close to writers Mark Twain and Henry James and historian Henry Adams.
Outdoors humor columnist Patrick F. McManus dies at 84
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Patrick F. McManus, a prolific writer best known for his humor columns in fishing and hunting magazines who also wrote mystery novels and one-man comedy plays, has died. He was 84.
McManus died Wednesday evening at a nursing facility where he lived in Spokane, Washington, where he had been in declining health, Tim Behrens, who performed the one-man plays, said Friday.
GUNNISON — Songs and scenes from the Broadway musicals Tom Sawyer and Big River along with songs from the Stephen Foster songbook will be presented Thursday, April 12, at 7 p.m., at Casino Star Theatre (CST), 78 South Main, Gunnison.
Playmakers, the youth training program of the Utah Shakespeare Festival (USF), have just completed their 2018 production of the Broadway musical Tom Sawyer.
University of Bridgeport names new president
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A Mark Twain scholar has been named as the next president of the University of Bridgeport.
Laura Skandera Trombley has served in the past as president of Pitzer College in California and the Huntington Library.
The University of Bridgeport Board of Trustees says Trombley will take the helm as the school's 10th president in July. The school says under Trombley's leadership, Pitzer raised more than $110 million as its endowment climbed to $134 million.
Samuel Clements, portrayed by actor Chris LeGate, is talking today in a “stand-up comedy” style used in his time at the Yuba Sutter Arts Burrows Theater in Marysville.
“Mark Twain Live!” is at 4 p.m. at 630 E St. Admission is $10-$15.
“Twain’s” topics range from his early life in Hannibal, Mo., his time as a riverboat pilot on the Mississippi, a brief stint as a Confederate soldier and his time out west, including Marysville.
Eugenides, Chernow voted into arts academy
NEW YORK (AP) — Jeffrey Eugenides, a Pulitzer Prize winning novelist, was in an especially inventive mood one night as he was walking to his office at Princeton University.
He wondered if he would ever be inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the venerable honor society where members have ranged from Mark Twain to Dizzy Gillespie.
Samuel Clements, also known as Mark Twain, makes a return appearance to Marysville this month – his first time here was in 1866 – at the Yuba Sutter Art’s Burrows Theater in Marysville.
Actor Chris LeGate is portraying the writer in a “stand-up comedy” style used by Twain and his contemporaries during the late 19th century at 4 p.m. Feb. 24 at 630 E St.
Doors open at 3:30 p.m. Admission is $15, general; and $10 for seniors, students and military.
Feb. 6, 1968: Rio Arriba County was a step closer to having a new courthouse today.
The House of Representatives yesterday passed and sent on to the Senate a bill which calls for a 1/2 cent gross receipt tax to pay off bonds for replacement of the present 50-year-old structure at Tierra Amarilla.
The bill passed 49-13. Twelve Republicans and Democratic Rep. Alva Parker of Roosevelt County opposed the measure.
REDDING — At some point over the New Year’s holiday the boiler at Mark Twain Library exploded, hurling shards of metal the size of butter plates throughout the boiler room and leaving the library without heat just as a record cold gripped the region.
The Mark Twain Library will host a special book sale in memory of Mary Anne Guitar, a former first selectman and founder of the Redding Land Trust, who died in July.
The sale will be from noon to 4 p.m. in the Mark Twain room at the library on Sunday and feature dozens of books from Guitar’s personal collection. All books will be priced at $5.00. The assortment features cookbooks, gardening, literature, natural history, biography and poetry.
LIFELONG HOME: Fountain City attorney carries out family tradition from the river to the courtroom
David Fugina likened his childhood to that of Huckleberry Finn.
But his is more of an alternate ending to Mark Twain’s classic river traveling tale — one where Huck meets the love of his life at a school picnic, has a stint in the U.S. Navy, joins his family’s decades-old law practice and settles down along the Mississippi River he conquered in his youth.
Strong start to fundraising effort for Twain properties
HANNIBAL, Mo. (AP) — An effort to raise money to improve the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum in the author's Missouri hometown of Hannibal is off to a strong start.
The Hannibal Courier-Post reports that just six weeks into the effort, the fundraising campaign has already raised 75 percent of its $600,000 goal. That was aided by an anonymous $100,000 donation.
Today in History for November 30th
REDDING — While staying at a Paris hotel in 1879, Mark Twain and his daughters continued a nightly ritual in which they would point to a picture and he would make up a story about it.
University Theatre resurrects Twain’s forgotten ‘death’ play
Huckleberry Finn was a notorious fictional prankster—is it possible his creator Mark Twain had the same tricky spirit? Long after Twain’s death, a historian uncovered “Is He Dead?” Twain’s unpublished play about the value of art while an artist is alive.
Playwright David Ives then adapted the script, it was published in 2003 and hit Broadway in 2007. Now University Theatre is taking on Twain’s witticisms as well as his social comment.
PBS airing film on Mark Twain’s trip aboard 1st cruise ship
NEW YORK (AP) — When the steamship considered the first cruise ship to originate in America left its New York City pier 150 years ago, the passenger list included a little-known California newspaperman writing under the pen name Mark Twain.
Everything you’ve heard about Mark Twain and me is true: I won’t deny it. Twain and I have had a relationship for years.
An intimate companion in my academic work, Twain’s line — “Against the assault of laughter, nothing can stand.” — became my motto. As a resident of Connecticut, I have the good fortune to call myself a neighbor of Twain’s and can brag about being a regular visitor to his home.
Missouri city hosting national cave convention
HANNIBAL, Mo. (AP) — Cave enthusiasts are gathering in northeastern Missouri this week for a national cave convention.
The Herald-Whig reports that the National Caves Association is holding its 52nd annual convention in Hannibal. The last time the event was held in the city was 1979.
Representatives from more than 50 caves are expected to attend the five-day event, which ends Friday.
Tapping into Twain features more than 20 regional breweries on museum grounds
Samuel L. Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, knew how to weave a good yarn. He also knew how to have a good time — particularly fond, as he was, of alcohol and cigars.
In honor of the great American writer (1835-1910), the Mark Twain House & Museum is once again hosting Tapping into Twain on Friday evening, Sept. 22, at the Hartford estate.
Mark Twain Library’s 57th annual book fair will be held Labor Day weekend at the Redding Community Center, 37 Lonetown Road.
The book sale runs from Friday to Monday and is one of the library’s biggest fundraisers.
More than 75,000 books broken down into 75 different categories will be available. It is considered to be one of the largest book sales in New England.
Keegan-Michael Key narrating audio edition of Twain story
NEW YORK (AP) — Keegan-Michael Key's latest job is channeling the words of a comic master.
Random House Children's Books tells The Associated Press on Monday the Emmy Award-winning performer is narrating the audio edition of Mark Twain's "The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine." The Twain story is a fairy tale he left unfinished at the time of his death. It has been completed by author Philip Stead and illustrator Erin Stead. Both the print and audio editions are scheduled for Sept. 26.
REDDING — In the latest celebration of the town’s 250th anniversary, dozens of residents gathered in Putnam Park Saturday for an afternoon of historical fun.
Some visitors to the “Family Day at Putnam Memorial State Park” event wandered the grounds independently, completing a historical scavenger hunt of the 183-acre state park. But most joined park expert T.G. Henderson on a tour, where he explained the park’s history as an encampment for soldiers during the Revolutionary War.
The Heritage Center will temporarily suspend its activities for the next two weeks for the annual Mark Twain Library book sale.
The fair is held in the Heritage Center’s activity rooms at the Redding Community Center.
Library staff will use the room beginning Monday to prepare for the fair, which is held Labor Day weekend, and to cleanup after.
Farm Mark Twain bought for his daughter on market for $1.8M
REDDING, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut farm once owned by Mark Twain is for sale for $1.8 million.
The Connecticut Post reports (http://bit.ly/2wmXUT2 ) the 18.7-acre property in Redding is next to Twain's country home, known as "Stormfield."
He bought it for his daughter, Jean Clemens, in 1909 and named it "Jean's Farm." But Clemens died soon after. Twain died five months later, in April 1910.
In his 1869 work, Innocents Abroad, author Mark Twain wrote, "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely . . . . Broad, wholesome, charitable views . . . cannot be acquired by vegetating in one's little corner of the earth." While can't hop on a plane or other transport and visit the world as frequently as we'd like, we can acquire a broader perspective of life, the world and its inhabitants, both past and present, by reading books. That's...