The Twain SHALL Meet – Twain Trivia Contest
Hannibal Free Public Library announced the reschedule of “The Twain Shall Meet Trivia Contest.” The event will now take place on Friday, May 8th, beginning at 6:00 p.m. This is the finale event for “The Twain Shall Meet” program series. Teams have been encouraged to participate by reading the selected titles, becoming more familiar with Hannibal lore about Twain, attending the presentations, and accepting that no fact is too big or too small to be included in the contest. Piloted by the Library’s own “Steamboat Sadie,” there will be ten rounds of ten questions each. Tie-breaker questions will be used, if necessary, and prizes will be awarded to the winning team.
“The Twain SHALL Meet,” is a community one-read project intended in increase Hannibal’s cultural literacy by allowing participants to gain more detailed knowledge of Mark Twain’s writing and characters, particularly those found in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Most residents of Hannibal have some knowledge of things Twain, but they may not have read the modern spin-offs, the rest of Twain’s Tom and Huck series, or some of the popular non-fiction about Twain’s St. Petersburg, a.k.a. Hannibal. The project focuses on the following children’s and adult book titles: The Actual & Truthful Adventures of Becky Thatcher by Jessica Lawson, Bambino and Mr. Twain by P.I. Maltbie, Huck Out West by Robert Coover, Lighting out for the Territory by Roy Morris, Jr., Lighting out for the Territory by Shelley Fisher Fishkin, My Jim by Nancy Rawles, A River, a Town and a Boy by Martha Adrian & Roberta Hagood, and Searching for Jim by Terrell Dempsey.
The project included the Kick-Off in September, and presentations in October, November and February.
Dr. Cindy Lovell made a presentation on October 7th, entitled “Mark Twain Today: His Relevance and Reach.” Dr. Lovell needs little introduction to the people of Hannibal. She is the former Director of the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum, and currently an educator, writer, consultant, and Mark Twain scholar.
Twain’s 1902 visit to Hannibal is the topic for Dr. Gary Scharnhorst’s presentation on November 4th. Dr. Scharnhorst Gary Scharnhorst, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English at the University of New Mexico, is the author or editor of more than forty books, including Mark Twain: The Complete Interviews and Mark Twain in His Own Time. He is also the editor of the journal American Literary Realism and the editor in alternating years of the research annual American Literary Scholarship.
The third presentation of the series was made by Dr. Hal Bush on February 24th. His presentation was entitled, “Collecting Mark Twain: Obsessions over the Great Authors and The Hemingway Files.” Dr. Bush is a professor of English at Saint Louis University. His research interests include American literature and American studies, historical approaches to literature, cultural studies, Mark Twain, and the profession of English, Christianity and literature. A regular contributor to Christian Century and other popular publications, Dr. Bush has authored several books, including Mark Twain and the Spiritual Crisis of His Age (2007). His first novel, titled The Hemingway Files, was published in summer of 2017.
The Twain Trivia Contest concludes the program series. It will be held on May 8, 2020, with a focus on random facts about Twain, his popular St. Petersburg characters, and questions about the books included in the project. It is free and open to the general public, including children accompanied by adults. Refreshments will be served.
“The Twain SHALL Meet” program series is made possible in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Library Services and Technology Act, as administered by the Missouri State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State. The George H. Riedel Foundation gave additional funding. The series is a collaboration of the Hannibal Bicentennial Committee and the Library.