Start: 7:00 pm
Highlands Ranch: For twenty-five years, in over two thousand performances from Leningrad University in Russia to Piper’s Opera House in Virginia City, McAvoy Layne has been preserving the wit and wisdom of Mark Twain. McAvoy is the ghost of Samuel Clemens in A&E’s biography of Mark Twain, and in the Discovery Channel’s Cronkite Award winning documentary, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. He is a winner of the Nevada award for excellence in school and library service, and author of a soon to be published memoir, Becoming Mark Twain. In honor of World Book Night (Tuesday, April 23, www.worldbooknight.org), Douglas County Libraries joins us in presenting McAvoy Layne in character as he gives a talk based on Twain’s classic novel A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, one of this year’s World Book Night book giver selections. Lane will also speak on other “Twainian” things and interact with the audience as Twain.We are pleased to be one of the select sites around the country hosting a World Book Night Kick-Off Event the night before World Book Night. At our event, volunteer World Book Night book givers who have already applied and been accepted to be givers are welcome to come to the mic to share stories from last year or talk about where they will be giving away books the next day. We invite everyone in to join us in celebrating the kick-off of the second World Book Night in the U.S.
Start: 7:30 pm
Colfax Avenue: Christine Sneed, author of the award-winning short story collection Portraits of a Few of the People I’ve Made Cry, will read from and sign her first novel Little Known Facts (Bloomsbury USA). Most of us can imagine the perks of celebrity, but Little Known Facts offers a clear-eyed story of its effects. With her new novel, Sneed emerges as one of the most insightful chroniclers of our celebrity-obsessed age, telling a story of influence and affluence, of forging identity and happiness and a moral compass; the question being, if we could have anything on earth, would we choose correctly? Can’t make it to the signing? Request an autographed copy here: firstname.lastname@example.org Christine Sneed’s website