Mark Twain’s journey to Cleveland and beyond
CLEVELAND, Oct. 16, 2019: Uncovering history with the stroke of
a pen. That's author Laura DeMarco's passion and premise
behind her new book, Mark
Twain's America Then and Now.
will host an intimate conversation and book signing with
Laura DeMarco on Saturday, November 9 at 1 p.m. at
the Center for Local and Global History, 6th Floor, Louis Stokes
Wing of the Cleveland Public Library in downtown
Cleveland. Her books will be sold at the event.
“Mark Twain launched his famous ‘Vandal Abroad’ tour from
none other than Cleveland's Case Hall on Nov. 17, 1868. I am so
excited to be launching Mark Twain's America Then and Now with
an event at the Cleveland Public Library, on the site of
the former Case Hall. It’s the perfect location to celebrate the
book, and Mark Twain’s legacy in America – and Cleveland,” says
The author of Lost
Cleveland and Cleveland
Then and Now uses nearly 200 pictures to trace Mark
Twain's journey through 69 locations including Cleveland and
Cincinnati. The biography on one of the U.S.’s greatest writers
is told chronologically against the backdrop of the places where
Twain lived, worked, and visited.
Born as Samuel Clemens, his life began in a one-room
cabin in rural Missouri and ended in a sprawling mansion in
Connecticut. Along the way, DeMarco's book takes the reader from
tiny Florida, Missouri to the river towns of the great
Mississippi to the Wild West in the heyday of the gold rush,
Honolulu and the East Coast literary scene.
“I knew Samuel Clemens had visited Cleveland, but until I
started researching this book, I had no idea he had such a
strong connection to our city. He almost ended up a Cleveland
newspaper owner! Alas, that didn’t work out, but he did deliver
several important lectures in town," says Ms. DeMarco, who is
also a reporter for the Plain Dealer.
“We are so proud to have such a historian and literary talent in
our city. We look forward to Laura DeMarco's visit to the
Cleveland Public Library and sharing her knowledge with our
patrons," says John Skrtic, Director of Public Services
at Cleveland Public Library.
"Few writers saw more of America, or the world, than Twain. His
words are more relevant than ever. In this new book, I set out
to tell Twain’s story through the places that defined his life –
and show why what he has to say is still so important today,"
says Ms. DeMarco.
For registration to this event, visit https://cpl.org/demarco.
About Cleveland Public Library
Founded in 1869, the Cleveland Public Library serves the
residents of Cleveland through its network of 27 neighborhood
branches, the Main Library downtown, Public Administration
Library at City Hall, homebound delivery services, and mobile
services to daycare and senior centers. From a collection of
10.5 million items, the Library lends over 5 million items a
year to its 330,000 registered borrowers and to 43 other CLEVNET-member
libraries in 12 counties across Northeast Ohio. Cleveland Public
Library is home to the Ohio Center for the Book and the Ohio
Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled, serving all 88
counties in the state of Ohio. For more information, visit www.cpl.org.