The Mark Twain House & Museum Center will host an animal rights activist and author, a historian of scrapbooks and an expert on how writers can use social media.
On Tuesday, Feb. 11, at 7 p.m., Ingrid Newkirk, co-founder of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), will speak at the Museum Center, 351 Farmington Ave., Hartford. Newkirk was born in England and grew up in India, where her mother volunteered with Mother Teresa and for other charities. Newkirk co-founded PETA in 1980. She has become an international advocate for the rights of animals and is the author of several books. Twain also loved animals and was an active anti-vivisectionist.
Tickets: $25 or $20 for museum members. Information and reservations: 860-280-3130.
>>On Wednesday, Feb. 12, the free lecture series "The Trouble Begins at 5:30" continues with a talk on Mark Twain and Scrapbooking with Ellen Gruber Garvey, author of "Writing with Scissors: American Scrapbooks from the Civil War to the Harlem Renaissance" (Oxford University Press, $29.95). Garvey is a professor in the English Department of New Jersey City University.
In Twain's time, people made scrapbooks as a way of keeping up with and archiving the news. Twain carried his everywhere and filled them with souvenirs, pictures and articles about his books and talks, and in 1873 patented a "self-pasting" scrapbook, his only invention that made a profit.
A wine and hors d'oeuvres reception at 5 p.m. will precede Garvey's 5:30 p.m. talk, "Mark Twain Writes a Blank Book: The Story of an Author's Self-Pasting Scrap-Book Invention."
Information: 860-247-0998 or www.marktwainhouse.org.
>>On Saturday, Feb. 15, from 1 to 4 p.m., social media expert Caitlin Thayer, owner of Barefoot Media, will lead a workshop at the Twain House & Museum on "Social Media for Writers," about how writers can use such platforms as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn and others to promote their work and build a following.
The workshop is part of the Writing at the Mark Twain House program. The fee is $40. Reservations: 860-280-3130.
WordForge Reading Series
The free WordForge Reading Series continues Monday, Feb. 10, at 7 p.m. with poets Charles Fort and Kerry O'Keefe, followed by an open mike at The Studio @ Billings Forge, 563 Broad St., Hartford.
Fort's books include "We Did Not Fear the Father, New and Selected Poems" (Red Hen Press, $24.95) and "Mrs. Belladonna's Supper Club Waltz, New and Selected Prose Poems," (Backwaters Press, $16). A New Britain native, he is the founder of the Wendy Fort Foundation Theater of Fine Arts and is working on a new collection and a novel.
O'Keefe, a Trinity College alumna and former professional singer, is the author of the 2006 chapbook,"From a Burning Building" (March Street Press,$9).
Information: 860-508-2810 or wfreadings.blogspot.com .
Authors At R. J. Julia
Actor and author Henry Winkler, better known as "The Fonz" from TV's "Happy Days," is among those who will speak at programs presented by R.J. Julia Booksellers of Madison.
Winkler and children's book and TV writer Lin Oliver will discuss their new Hank Zipzer series of books on Wednesday, Feb. 12, at First Congregational Church's Hubley Hall, 26 Meetinghouse Lane, Madison. Their new book is "Bookmarks are People, Too!" (Grosset & Dunlap, $14.99) about Hank's role in a school play.
Admission per household is purchasing one copy of the book from R.J. Julia.
On Thursday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m., acclaimed Irish author Colm Tóibín will speak about his new book, "The Testament of Mary" (Scribner, $19.99) at the bookstore, 768 Boston Post Road, Madison. The book is a moving account of Mary seeking to understand the events of the Crucifixion and the birth of Christianity. Tóibín, who lives in Dublin, has published four previous novels.