The Mark Twain Circle of America

Social Events at ALA 2016

At this year’s American Literature Association annual conference, San Francisco, May 26-29, the Mark Twain Circle will have two social events. The first is an informal reception at Harrington’s Bar and Grill, 245 Front Street, a few blocks from the Hyatt Regency. On Friday, May 27, we will meet for drinks after the 1601 session, at 6:45 or so, paid by the Mark Twain Circle. Please join us if you are at ALA or in the area.

The second is a ten-course Chinese banquet at the R & G Lounge, an excellent Chinese restaurant located at 631 Kearney Street, about seven blocks from the hotel. We will have three tables of ten people each. Guests are welcome. Dinner at 8:00 or so, on Friday night, following the reception. Dinner per person costs $40, not including tax, tips, and drinks. Email John Bird at by May 23 to reserve a space. Please join us for what will be an excellent and memorable banquet. The menu (Banquet A) can be found here:

Time to Renew Membership! New Lower Rates!

With the coming of a new year, it is time to renew your membership in the Mark Twain Circle of America. See the “join/renew” tab for information, forms, and instructions. You can renew online using a credit card–you do not have to have a PayPal account. Where the form says “donate,” that is actually a payment. Note our new lower rates: $30 for individuals, whether in the U.S. or international; a three-year rate of $75; and $15 for graduate students and K-12 educators.

New Issues of The Mark Twain Annual and the Mark Twain Circular Published

The Mark Twain Annual, 2015, Volume 13, and The Mark Twain Circular, Fall 2015, have now been published. Members of the Mark Twain Circle will receive a copy of the journal in the mail and the newsletter by email. If you would like to receive these excellent publications, join the Mark Twain Circle today.

Article on Mark Twain Papers in Bancroftiana

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!

Latest Mark Twain Annual Published

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.

Mark Twain’s Autobiography, Volume Two

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.

Jim’s Dilemma, by Sharon McCoy

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!