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Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture
Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture

The Ghost of Mark Twain in IV Aug 26

Posted on August 3, 2016
Filed Under North Tahoe Events

He set the high water mark for fascinating tales about mountain culture.  Mark Twain liked to say, “Good friends, good books. This is the ideal life.”

The Ghost of Mark Twain at Tahoe played by McAvoy Lane is a cultural romp through the stories and lore of Mark Twain and his time in the Lake Tahoe on August 26 at Starbucks in Incline Village, presented by the Incline Village Crystal Bay Historical Society.  Yes, Starbucks – I can hear Twain now.

McAvoy’s one man show, Twain at Tahoe, is a fast-paced, light-hearted, humorous account of Mark Twain’s adventures in early Nevada and at Lake Tahoe.  Designed to please the historian and curious visitor alike, this Incline Village & Crystal Bay Historical Society presentation will not disappoint.

Doors open at 6:30pm and trouble begins at 7pm.  Please bring a beverage of your choice if so inclined. For same day reservations please call 1-800-GO-Tahoe (468-2463)

Internationally known as the ghost of Mark Twain, Layne will bring Twain’s local area lore, half-truths and embellishments to light. For nearly three decades and more than 4,000 performances Layne has been preeminent in preserving the wit and wisdom of Twain.

In addition to his books and performances, Mr. Layne’s projects include a major role in Nevada’s Sesquicentennial and developing a distance learning platform for living history in the classroom. Mr. Twain will share stories of his life, delighting all with his unique humor and personality. McAvoy is author of Becoming Mark Twain, and winner of the Nevada award for excellence in school and library service. He portrays the Ghost of Mark Twain in A&E’s biography of Mark Twain and in the Discovery Channel’s Cronkite Award winning documentary, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

Mark Twain (1835 – 1910)

Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, is one of America’s most celebrated authors and humorists. After working as a printer and a riverboat pilot, Twain moved to Nevada with his brother Orion, who had been appointed secretary to territorial governor James Nye. After many adventures, Clemens’ wit won him a job as a reporter for the Territorial Enterprise in Virginia City. He was a lover of the literary hoax and perfected it in Nevada where he created fabulous stories including a discussion about a petrified man. In the spring of 1864, Twain became embroiled in a dispute over one of his libelous hoaxes, and so he left Virginia City in May 1864. He used his western sojourn as inspiration for Roughing It (1872), a book that flowed between fact and fiction. The author’s Nevada experience was far more than the source of anecdotes and the birthplace of a pen name. For Twain the cosmopolitan Comstock proved the perfect training ground with its thriving literary tradition that exploited the western tall tale to its utmost.

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