The Fall 2017 issue of our newsletter, The Mark Twain Circular, is now online under the publications tab. The Spring 2018 issue was recently sent to all members. Please contact the editor, Joseph Csiscila, if you did not receive the email attachment. Because of our agreement with publishing sites, we can only publish the next-to-last issue on our website.
Matt Seybold reviews Bruce Michelson’s new one-act play, “Waiting for Susy,” which had its world premiere at the recent Humor in American conference in Chicago.
See the call for contributions to a special issue of The Mark Twain Annual on Twain and the natural world, just posted in “Events and Calls for Papers.” The deadline for proposals is August 31, 2018.
Peter G. Beidler’s recent book, Rafts and Rivercraft in Huckleberry Finn (University of Missouri Press, 2018), will change the way you read the novel. Here is an article about some of his research.
Mark Your Calendars
The Clemens Conference 2019 Hannibal, Missouri
The Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum will host The Clemens Conference July 25-27, 2019 in Hannibal, Missouri. This is the third Clemens Conference and will be held on the campus of Hannibal-LaGrange University. A call for papers will be posted later. Preference will be given for papers focusing on Hannibal, Missouri or the Mississippi River, although any Mark Twain topic will be considered. Further details will be shared as they are finalized. Contact Henry Sweets with any questions.
Henry Sweets, Executive Director Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum
120 North Main Street Hannibal MO 63401
573-221-9010 extension 405
If you are planning on attending the joint conference of the Mark Twain Circle and American Humor Studies Association, “Humor in America” (Chicago, July 12-14), note that the deadline for conference hotel registration ends on June 11. Here is the link to the hotel information: https://humorinamericaconference.wordpress.com/hotel-information/
At the American Literature Association annual conference in May in San Francisco, new officers were elected. Lawrence Howe of Roosevelt University was elected president, and Sharon D. McCoy of the University of Georgia was elected vice president. Many thanks to Kerry Driscoll of the University of Saint Joseph for her service as president.
The 2018 Mark Twain Annual will be the last for editor Chad Rohman of Dominican University. We welcome the fourth editor of the journal, Ben Click, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, who will edit the 2019 edition.