America’s Favorite Storyteller Mark Twain

Mark Twain was an iconic American author and humorist, and, you will soon have an opportunity to experience his wisdom and wit in person. If you haven’t read any Twain, an upcoming event at the library offers the perfect excuse.

A Twain impersonator provides entertainment and a little serious reflection July 30 at 7pm in Marvin Auditorium. The presentation will focus on Twain’s two books, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Dave Ehlert, a one-man touring show, gives such a convincing performance as Twain that you’ll be asking yourself if the novelist himself has visited us from the grave.

Check out these classics from the library to read before the event. As Twain once said “one who can read but won’t has no advantage over one who can’t!”

Samuel Clemens, who would later become known as Mark Twain, grew up in Hannibal, Mo. He became nationally known for his stories both written and spoken drawn from experiences and imagination. Adults and students in upper classes will enjoy listening to the stories of the past, mulling over Twain wisdom and laughing at jokes.

Following Dave’s impersonation, the Topeka Civic Theatre & Academy will perform a skit from the Youth production, Tom Sawyer, performed in the Oldfather Theatre, August 9 through 18. Tickets available July 30 online at or call 785-357-5211.

Prior to the library event, you can participate in hands-on activities outside the library and meet the cast members.

In 2004 Ehlert fell into the role of Twain when a scheduled performer was unable to fulfill his contract. In one week, he studied Twain enough to perform. He’s taken the show on the road to 38 states in theatres and libraries.

If you have vacationed in Branson, perhaps you have seen a performance by Ehlert. The Elvis Tribute Show, which began in 1967, is the longest running in the world. He has operated Branson’s first theater since 1994. His act has expanded to include other notables such as Liberace, Willie Nelson, Ray Charles, Hank Williams and more.

Janet Pionkowski

Janet is a member of the Bookmobile staff serving the public on the bookmobiles and in elementary classrooms through the Kansas Connections programming as a Solar System Ambassador.