BAR HARBOR, Maine — John Pogson, a nationally renowned actor who makes a living performing as Mark Twain, has confirmed he will be on hand to help launch the Big Read in Maine.
â€śWe are thrilled to have someone of his abilities with us,â€ť said Jan Coates, executive director of Island Readers & Writers, a Mount Desert Island-based nonprofit group that is spearheading the Big Read with the help of the Northeast Harbor Library and other community partners.
The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. MDI-based nonprofit Island Readers & Writers is the only recipient of an NEA grant for The Big Read in Maine, and one of only five recipients in all of New England.
This yearâ€™s book is The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. So Mr. Pogson was the perfect choice to help launch a month of activities celebrating Mr. Twain, his work and readers of all ages.
He will perform on Thursday, Jan. 12, at the Higgins-Demas Theater at Mount Desert Island High School in Bar Harbor beginning at 7 p.m. See him perform at the Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford, Conn. on YouTube at www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGU2OPJ-j1U.
For more information, call 288-2211 or visit www.islandreadersandwriters.org.
Contact Name: Jan Coates
Telephone Number: (207)288-2211