Thursday, November 4, 2010
Green Room 401 Van Ness Ave., 7 pm,
Tickets are $20
Click here to buy in advance or at the door.
On Thursday, November 4th our friends at Litquake, the Bancroft Library and UC Press present the first Bay Area launch of the Mark Twain Ball in celebration of the publication of his brand-new autobiography. This event will be the first and only Bay Area launch of this long-awaited book, held in the city that helped birth the career of America’s best-loved humorist.
Forbidden to be published until 100 years after his death, this new deluxe edition of Twain’s Autobiography (Volume 1 of 3) is at last presented according to the author’s specific instructions. Some highlights: President Theodore Roosevelt is described as “one of the most impulsive men in existence.”…the American soldiers Roosevelt sent to the Philippines are referred to as “uniformed assassins”…even Twain’s Italian landlady is called “excitable, malicious, malignant, vengeful, unforgiving, selfish, stingy, avaricious, coarse, vulgar, profane, and obscene.” This new edition is already on bestseller lists, in advance of its November 15 publication date.
Come to the Mark Twain Ball and see what CBS, CNN, New York Times, Guardian, and the Independent are all raving about. Event features Twain video and slideshow, period music and special cocktails, Twain-themed snacks, and select readings from the Autobiography by actors from A.C.T.! Costumes and mustaches encouraged. Twain books and t-shirts will be for sale.
Twain Tweet Contest!
Presenting a Mark Twain Write-Alike Contest with a Twitter twist! Contest rules are simple -- just write your best Twain imitation, either fiction or nonfiction, in the form of a tweet, i.e. 140 characters or less. Post your entry on Twitter, using the hashtag #twainquake. The winners will be chosen by random drawing, notified via Twitter, and posted at Litquake's Facebook and home pages. First prize -- a copy of the brand-new Autobiography of Mark Twain! Second, third, and fourth place contestants will each receive another Twain book published by UC Press (at their discretion). Contest ends at midnight, November 3 PST. The best Twain Tweets will be read aloud at the Mark Twain Ball on November 4 in San Francisco!