The Kansas City Public Library celebrates the life and work of Mark Twain with Twain and His Times, a free programming series focused on this classic American author and native son throughout February and March 2009.
The series begins with A Not So Innocent Abroad: The Travels of Mark Twain presented by Jane Wood on Monday, February 9, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
Mark Twain caught the travel bug early and never shook it. His formative riverboat trips prepared Twain for cross-country expeditions and his later European adventures. These travels influenced his great works and inspired a series of travel writings that reveal much about the man.
Wood is chair of the English Department at Park University and specializes in the literature of travel writing.
Admission is free. Call 816.701.3407 to RSVP. Free parking is available in the Library District Parking Garage at 10th and Baltimore.
This program complements Reading Missouri, which is the theme of the 2009 Adult Winter Reading Program focusing on Missouri authors and their contributions to literature and contemporary letters.