Shelley Fisher FishkinHere’s an opportunity you don’t want to miss: Shelley Fisher Fishkin will be at the SDSU Library next Tuesday (March 23) to kick off the library’s “The Adventures of Mark Twain: A Centenary Celebration.” She’s going to discuss “Mark Twain: Ambassador at Large” at 3:30 p.m. in Room LL430, and it’s free. No reservations required.

You couldn’t ask for a better authority on Mark Twain. Fishkin is the director of the American Studies Program at Stanford University, where she also teaches courses on Mark Twain. She is the author and editor of many books on Twain, including Lighting Out for the Territory: Reflections on Mark Twain and American Culture (1997), Mark Twain’s Book of Animals (2009), and The Mark Twain Anthology: Great Writers on His Life and Works (2010). Her research has been featured twice on the front page of the New York Times, and in 2009 she was awarded the Mark Twain Circle’s Certificate of Merit “for long and distinguished service in the elucidation of the work, thought, life and art of Mark Twain.”

Sounds good, doesn’t it? I’ll save you a seat up front.

* From Mark Twain’s Autobiography