The deadline for submitting proposals for the joint conference between the Mark Twain Circle of America and American Humor Studies Association in New Orleans, December 4-7, 2015 is May 15, 2014. See the link under the Calls For Papers tab.
The Fall 2013 issue of Bancroftiana, the newsletter of the Bancroft Library at the University of California–Berkeley, has an article by Victor Fischer on the Mark Twain Project’s editors at the Elmira 2013 Mark Twain Conference. Included is a picture of the four Mark Twain directors, a rare convergence. You will have to scroll to page 10, but you can read about Rube Goldberg on the way. Congratulations to Robert Hirst on his well-deserved award!
The 2013 volume of The Mark Twain Annual has been published. If you are a member of the Mark Twain Circle, you have probably already received your copy. If you are not a member, join now and you will receive one. This 11th issue is the last to be edited by Ann Ryan and the first published by Penn State University Press. The Mark Twain Circle thanks Ann for her excellent work on the past six issues, and we look forward to volume 12, to be edited by Chad Rohman.
The second volume of Mark Twain’s Autobiography has now been published by the University of California Press. The next part of a monumental book, and a monumental job of editing.
Sharon McCoy recently posted part of her work in progress, in which she speaks in the voice of Jim to tell his story. Well worth reading, and we wait for more!
A video in two parts, with Mark Twain scholars answering the question, “Why do you like the Mark Twain Elmira Conference?” A tribute to Barbara Snedecor and her staff at the Center For Mark Twain Studies, Elmira College, and some nice memories of the Seventh International Conference on the State of Mark Twain Studies, August 2013.
Mark Twain makes this list twice–although they have an error about Elmira and Quarry Farm: