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Virtual Road Scholar: Mark Twain, an Intimate and Humorous Look at a Literary Treasure (2:00)

Wednesday, November 29, 2023, 2:00 PM
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Road Scholar is starting a new initiative to share pre-recorded lectures and are looking for your feedback. Enjoy the talk then discuss with participants and share your thoughts. 

About the talk: Mark Twain defined both American literature and satire. After failing as a gold prospector in Nevada, he fell in love with San Francisco, which he described as “the most sociable city in the Union.” He served as both a reporter for the San Francisco Call, and as a drinking buddy of firefighter Tom Sawyer. Twain’s first attempt at fiction, “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County,” made him a national sensation. This lecture offers an intimate and humorous look at one of America’s literary treasures.

About the speaker: James Dalessandro is a bestselling novelist, journalist and filmmaker. His novel "1906," an epic re-creation of the San Francisco Earthquake, was a #1 National Bestseller in Historical Fiction in its Kindle/digital release, as was his "Citizen Jane" in True Crime. His documentary "The Damnedest Finest Ruins" changed San Francisco history when city supervisors unanimously passed his resolution setting aside the death count of 478 and recognizing his figure of 3,000 plus. James has lectured to Road Scholars on dozens of topics for 15+ years.

Free. Open to BHV members and non-members.