Friday, June 7, 2013

Grafton, Hoffman, Turow Will Be in Conversation with Baldacci for Mark Twain House

John Groo for The Mark Twain House & Museum

The Mark Twain House & Museum's Annual 'Mark My Words' event -- three wildly popular authors interviewed by a celebrity host -- will feature Sue Grafton, Alice Hoffman and Scott Turow 8 pm Wednesday, Oct. 9 at the Shubert Theater in New Haven.

Grafton's Kinsey Milhone alphabet mysteries (A is for Alibi was just the start); Hoffman's acclaimed novels, and her unexpected new guide to living; and Turow's tales of power and the legal life are so beloved and popular that these authors have a total of nearly 150 million books in print. All have produced numerous New York Times bestselling titles.

The on-stage conversation will be moderated by David Baldacc. Baldacci is a devotee of Mark Twain's work - and a member of The Mark Twain House & Museum's Board of Trustees.

To make this benefit event as affordable as possible, the museum is offering an array of ticket price options: Orchestra & Box Seats, $68.00; Mezzanine, $48.00; and Balcony, $28.00. Tickets can be purchased online at www.twainmarkmywords.com; by phone at 888-736-2663 (toll free) or 203-562-5666; or in person at the Shubert Theater Box Office, 247 College St., New Haven, Monday through Friday, 9:30 am to 5:30 pm and Saturdays 10 am to 2 pm.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Sue Grafton is published in 29 countries and 27 languages. Books in her Kinsey Milhone alphabet series which debuted in 1982 with "A is for Alibi," are international bestsellers with readership in the millions. Among Grafton's many honors and awards are induction into the American Academy of Achievement, a Lifetime Achievement Award from Private Eye Writers of America and the Ross Macdonald Literary Award . Learn more at http://suegrafton.com/

Alice Hoffman has published 21novels, three books of short fiction, and eight books for children and young adults. Her books - which include "Practical Magic," "Aquamarine" and "The River King," have been published in more than 20 translations and more than 100 foreign editions. Her novels have received mention as notable books of the year by the New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, the Los Angeles Times, Library Journal, and People. Fifteen years ago, she was diagnosed with breast cancer - which changed everything about the life she'd been living - but she found no guidebook on how to deal with this change. Her new book, "Survival Lessons," coming out in October, is the book that she needed to read. "In many ways I wrote this book to remind myself of the beauty of life, something that's all too easy to overlook during the crisis of illness or loss," she says. Learn more at http://alicehoffman.com .

Scott Turow is a writer and attorney. He is the author of nine best-selling works of fiction, starting with "Presumed Innocent" (1987). His works of non-fiction include "One L" (1977) about his experience as a law student, and "Ultimate Punishment" (2003), a reflection on the death penalty. He frequently contributes essays and op-ed pieces to publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Playboy and The Atlantic. His books have won a number of literary awards, including the Heartland Prize, the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, and Time magazine's Best Work of Fiction. His books have been translated into more than 25 languages, sold more than 30 million copies world-wide and have been adapted into a full length film and two television miniseries. He continues to work as an attorney, and has been active in a number of charitable causes including organizations that promote literacy, education and legal rights. Additionally, he has performed with the Rock Bottom Remainders, a musical group of bestselling authors raising funds for various literacy charities. Learn more at http://scottturow.com/.

ABOUT THE MODERATOR

David Baldacci made a big splash on the literary scene with the publication of his first novel, "Absolute Power," in 1996. A major motion picture adaptation followed, with Clint Eastwood as its director and star. In total, he has published 25 novels, all of which have been national and international bestsellers. His novels have been translated into more than 45 languages and sold in more than 80 countries; over 110 million copies are in print worldwide. He has also published two children's books. He has received numerous accolades for his writing; most recently, he was inducted into the 2011 International Crime Writing Hall of Fame and received the 2012 Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award. His greatest efforts are dedicated to the Wish You Well Foundation®, established by David and his wife, Michelle, which supports family and adult literacy. http://davidbaldacci.com/.

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