Plain Dealer Reporter Laura DeMarco's New Book Examines How Mark Twain's America Has Changed


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In her new book, Mark Twain's America Then and Now, Plain Dealer reporter Laura DeMarco examines how American has changed since Twain’s time by showing what places he visited looked like when he visited them and comparing them to what they look like now. The book includes a number of references to Cleveland, notably the Cleveland Herald Building and Case Hall.

At 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Cleveland Public Library’s Center for Local and Global History, 6th Floor, Louis Stokes Wing, she’ll participate in a book signing.

“Mark Twain launched his famous ‘Vandal Abroad’ tour from none other than Cleveland's Case Hall on Nov. 17, 1868. I am so excited to be launching Mark Twain's America Then and Now with an event at the Cleveland Public Library, on the site of the former Case Hall. It’s the perfect location to celebrate the book, and Mark Twain’s legacy in America – and Cleveland,” says DeMarco in a press release about the event.

The author of Lost Cleveland and Cleveland Then and Now, DeMarco uses nearly 200 pictures to trace Mark Twain's journey through 69 locations, including Cleveland and Cincinnati.

“I knew Samuel Clemens had visited Cleveland, but until I started researching this book, I had no idea he had such a strong connection to our city,” DeMarco says. “He almost ended up a Cleveland newspaper owner! Alas, that didn’t work out, but he did deliver several important lectures in town. Few writers saw more of America, or the world, than Twain. His words are more relevant than ever. In this new book, I set out to tell Twain’s story through the places that defined his life — and show why what he has to say is still so important today."

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