Thomas J. Reigstad, author of “Scribblin’ for a Livin’: Mark Twain’s Pivotal Period in Buffalo,” will talk about his book and Twain from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Monday in the latest event of the Larkin Square Author Series.
Leslie Zemsky, who describes herself as “director of fun” at Larkin Square, calls the event “a fun twist on the typical book talk.”
The talk is set for the Filling Station, 745 Seneca St., but during previous talks in fine weather, audiences have spilled out into the open areas, settling in comfortable chairs outside, including seating areas in the adjoining boardwalk. The event is free and open to all, with light food and drinks sold inside the Filling Station.
The series, held in partnership with Talking Leaves Books, spotlights local authors and those who have written works of interest to local people. A May 6 talk by Lauren Belfer, author of “City of Light,” drew more than 300 people, dozens of whom lined up afterward to have her sign their books.
In “Scribblin’ for a Livin’,” Reigstad uses a variety of primary sources to prove that the 18 months Twain spent in Buffalo in 1869 and 1870, while fraught with personal difficulties at the end, was not the grim, unproductive period other biographers have described.
The book, published by Prometheus Books, will be sold at the event.
“The life of Mark Twain in Buffalo is such a fascinating part of our city’s history, and Thomas approaches it with great passion and research,” said Zemsky. “We’re excited to welcome Thomas to Larkin Square for what will surely be a fun and colorful discussion.”
The Larkin Square Author Series will continue on June 11 with Ania Szado, author of “Studio Saint-Ex” and “Beginning of Was.”
For more information about Larkin Square and the series, go to www.larkinsquare.com.