This year marks the centennial of the death of the author of "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer," "The Prince and the Pauper" and "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court," among other classic tales, while living in Hartford.
The festivities kicked off last weekend with "Mark Twain Tonight!" starring celebrated actor Hal Holbrook and presented in collaboration with Hartford Stage.
The nearly 30 other events planned include an "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" anniversary musical celebration Feb. 18; the world premiere of a new adaptation of "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" at Hartford Stage April 1; participation in The Big Read, a collaboration with the Hartford Public Library from April through June; a Clemens lecture by bestselling author Wally Lamb April 7; a Victorian seance April 21; and a Tom Sawyer Day at the museum June 12.
"The rumors of our centennial celebrations have not been exaggerated!" Jeffrey L. Nichols, executive director of The Mark Twain House & Museum, said in a statement. "In 2010, Twain fans of every age should come to Hartford to recognize the life of Samuel Clemens and his work at the beautiful home where Huck, Jim and Tom were born. Through the generous support of The Hartford (Financial Services Group,) we plan to celebrate this important year in the legacy of Mark Twain with unique events and exhibits that explore his books, his humor, his adventures and his times."