The Mark Twain Circle of America

David Letterman Wins the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor

David Letterman Wins the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor

SAMLA 2017 Deadline

The deadline for proposals for SAMLA 2017 is May 15. See the call for papers for details.

Mark Twain Fairy Tale To Be Published by Random House

Random House has announced publication of a Mark Twain fairy tale. The manuscript of “Oleomargarine” was discovered by Twain scholar John Bird at the Mark Twain Papers in Berkeley in 2011. He determined that the unfinished story was actually notes for an actual bedtime story he told his daughters Susie and Clara in Paris in 1879. Random House chose a husband and wife writing/illustrating team to finish and illustrate the story.


ALA Call for Papers Deadline

The deadline for proposals for ALA 2017 is tomorrow, January 7. See the calls for the two sessions under the Calls for Papers tab.

Calls for Papers, ALA 2017 and Elmira 2017

See the calls for papers for ALA 2017 and Elmira 2017 in the Call for Papers tab.

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.