April 23, 2012
-- The Oliver Wolcott Library in Litchfield has been awarded a $1000 Heritage Grant by the Community Foundation of Northwest Connecticut and the Connecticut Humanities Council to fund a series of three book discussions. The series will discuss three of Mark Twain’s novels beginning September 5th with The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, then October 3rd with Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and concluding on November 7th with A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court.
The discussions will be led by Twain scholar, Dr. Kerry Driscoll. Driscoll is a professor of English and department chair at St. Joseph’s College in West Hartford. She is the recipient of two Fulbright awards to the University of Heidelberg, Germany and, in 2007, was awarded a yearlong Faculty Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities for her book manuscript in progress, Mark Twain Among the Indians. She is the author of numerous essays about Twain, and is the contributing editor of the Mark Twain Annual (the official publication of the Mark Twain Circle of America) where she served as the Circle’s Executive Coordinator from 2005 through 2010. During the summer of 2011, she directed a National Endowment for the Humanities Institute on “Mark Twain and the Culture of Progress.”
"Mark Twain is a leading voice of America's literacy heritage, and played a pivotal role in shaping our own heritage here in Connecticut. With the publication of Twain's autobiography, we've seen a renewed interest in Mark Twain. This series will allow our community to more deeply explore three of his novels, all written while living in Connecticut, with one of the leading Twain scholars Dr. Kerry Driscoll. We are so grateful to the Community Foundation of Northwest Connecticut and the Connecticut Humanities Council for funding this series," Library Director Ann Marie White said.
The Oliver Wolcott Library will have additional copies of each title available to borrow prior to the discussions. For more details about the series, contact the Library at 860-567-8030 or visit their website at www.owlibrary.org and select Programs/Adult.