All right, so Mr. Twain himself will not be present (we hear he’s on retreat in the Appalachians penning his latest novel, Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn Survive the Foreclosure Era), but his spirit is alive and well right here in our beloved borough, and will be right through March. This all thanks to Staten Island OutLOUD, the community group recently selected by the National Endowment for the Arts to host The Big Read, a national program designed to revitalize the role of literary reading in American popular culture.
OutLOUD chose Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer as the focus of their community event series, which includes film screenings, story time for kids, and A Pen Warmed Up in Hell, an interactive reading and discussion on Mark Twain’s political writings which will take place right in our own 4 St. Paul’s Cafe & Gallery. Come by Saturday, February 11th at 8pm for what should prove to be a most lively event!
Congratulations and many thanks to Staten Island OutLOUD for bringing Mark, Tom, Huck, Becky and many more of American Literature’s greatest names to our neighborhood.