Tuesday, November 09, 2010

No Benevolences: Get a Free Copy of Twain's Autobiography!

"We do no benevolences whose first benefit is not for ourselves."
 -- Mark Twain, From the Autobiography

We're giving away a copy of a beautiful, brand-new book! 

We are.  We want you to have it, we do.  It's a fabulous book.  He's right, you know, Mark Twain.  We have another motive.  We want you to come to our Mark Twain event.  That's all you have to do to be the winner and get the book we're giving away.  And you'll enjoy yourself, even if you don't win the book, we promise.

Come Tuesday, November 16th, at 7PM, we will be marking the one hundredth anniversary of Mark Twain's death, and celebrating the publication of the first volume of his fully restored Autobiography, with a reading!  Extracts from the Diaries of Adam and Eve will be the main attraction.  Anyone unfamiliar with this little gem, should check it out.  (There are various versions in print, including a handsome and inexpensive Dover paperback.)  Funny, and touching, this is one of Twain's gentler spoofs of matters Biblical and the War Between the Sexes.  I'll be Eve.  Our own Matthew Simmons will be Adam.  And Brad Craft will provide the introduction for the evening, and some thoughts on Twain, and the significance of finally having his Autobiography exactly as he intended it.

Brad's been writing a bit already about the new publication, on his blog.  Check it out.  He's also posted a few pictures from our first rehearsal.  Trust me, a good time will be had by all.  It's a night of Mark Twain!  How great is that?  And remember, you might win a free book! 

To enter to win a copy of Autobiography of Mark Twain, just leave a comment on this blog post. We'll draw the winner at the event, you must be present to win. 



  1. Reading Huckleberry Finn changed the way I looked at history. Can't wait for the event!

  2. Anonymous2:35 PM

    Comment, comment. I love a good comment. Mysterious, aren't I? But I want to WIN!

  3. Anonymous12:38 AM

    I love Mark Twain's sense of humor and his speaking out against the war in the Phillipines in the essays in A Pen Warmed in Hell.

    I also love that your Author Events page says there will be a "Reading & Book Signing"! I can only imagine the line. Perhaps you should move the event to Town Hall?

  4. A. Hale, my_french_tutor@yahoo.com11:34 AM

    Mark Twain was an unusually insightful individual whose writings are full of multi-leveled intelligence and humor. I've loved his books since I was a child, and will never tire of reading his words. If every American would take the time to read something by Mark Twain, we'd all be better off.

  5. I like Diaries of Adam and Eve. Mark Twain’s books contain so amazing and so bright humor that I always read over his books when I had hard moments in my life.


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