The Mark Twain Circle presented two awards at the Seventh International Conference on the State of Mark Twain Studies, sponsored by the Center for Mark Twain Studies at Elmira College, August 1-3, 2013.
The Thomas A. Tenney Service Award was given to James S. Leonard of the Citadel. Jim Leonard has served as Vice President and President of the Mark Twain Circle, edited The Mark Twain Circular from 1987 to 2008, and has served as Managing Editor of The Mark Twain Annual since its inception in 2003. Jim was instrumental in arranging publication of the journal with Wiley-Blackwell, then when that company decided to cease publishing scholarly journals, he set up a new arrangement with Penn State University Press. James Leonard richly deserves this award for all his service to The Mark Twain Circle of America.
The Louis J. Budd Certificate of Merit was given to Bruce Michelson of the University of Illinois. Bruce is the author of Mark Twain on the Loose and Mark Twain: Printer’s Devil, as well as other exemplary scholarly work on Mark Twain. Bruce has served as Vice President and President of the Mark Twain Circle. For his excellent contributions to Mark Twain scholarship, Bruce Michelson is a most worthy recipient of this award, recently named in honor of our late friend and colleague, Lou Budd.