Her words changed the world.

Nook Farm Book Talks and Author Events

Everyone knows, with literati like Harriet Beecher Stowe and Mark Twain in the neighborhood, Nook Farm must have loved talking about books.

The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center is partnering with The Mark Twain House & Museum for book talks and author events that will put you in the know on all things Twain, Stowe, and the topics that had Nook Farm buzzing during the Victorian Era and that still captivate us today – politics, social issues, humor, adventure, romance, literature, and more!

Mark your calendar for these upcoming events. Reading the book is not required, but we bet you'll learn why you want to read our selections!

Nook Farm Book Talks are sponsored in part by First Niagara Foundation.

Calendar: December 2013 - April 2014

These events are free but reservations are encouraged, call 860.522.9258 x317 or email Info@StoweCenter.org.
Book selections may be purchased at the Stowe Center Museum Store or the Mark Twain Museum Store. Your purchases help support our programs.

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Thursday, December 12: Author Talk & Book Signing -- Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman
At Hartford Stage, 7 PM

Community Partners in Action, the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center and Mark Twain House & Museum welcome Piper Kerman, activist and author of Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison.  The book has been made into a wildly popular Netflix series.  Maureen Price-Boreland, Community Partners in Action executive director, will facilitate the conversation. Tickets, $25 (or $20 for members of the Stowe or Twain museums) are available by calling 860-280-3130 or online at piperkerman.brownpapertickets.com  

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Wednesday, January 22: Nook Farm Book Talk -- 12 Years A Slave by Solomon Northrup
At Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, 5-6:30 p.m.


Join us for a discussion of 12 Years A Slave, the 1853 narrative of Solomon Northrup, born free, kidnapped and sold into slavery for 12 years.  Published just after Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin, 12 Years A Slave is now a critically acclaimed feature film.  The book is available in the Stowe Museum Store.

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Wednesday, February 26: Nook Farm Book Talk -- The Black Russian by Vladimir Alexandrov
At Mark Twain Museum Center, 5-6:30 p.m.

"The book is the astonishing and, incredible as it seems, previously unearthed account of the spectacularly tragic life of one Frederick Bruce Thomas, the son of an American slave who went on to reinvent himself as a dashing, polyglot multimillionaire in Moscow and Constantinople in the first quarter of the 20th century."
-- San Francisco Chronicle

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Wednesday, March 5:  Nook Farm Book Talk – Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg
At Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, 5-6:30 p.m.

Sheryl Sandberg examines why women’s progress in achieving leadership roles has stalled, explains the root causes, and offers compelling, commonsense solutions that can empower women to achieve their full potential.

Sandberg is the chief operating officer of Facebook and is ranked on Fortune’s list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business and as one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World.

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Wednesday, April 2: Nook Farm Book Talk -- Land of Steady Habits by Ted Thompson --
Meet the Author!
At Mark Twain Museum Center, 5-6:30 p.m.

Anders Hill--nearing his 60s and seemingly ensconced in the "land of steady habits," a nickname for the affluent hamlets of Connecticut that dot the commuter rail line--abandons his career and family for a new condo, and a new life. Stripped of the comforts of his previous identity, he is surprised to find that the very world he rejected may be one he needs.  Like the early work of John Updike, Thompson's debut finely observes a man deep in conflict with his community.