B. Clay Shannon

Monterey, CA, USA


My next performances will take place at Columbia College (Tuolumne County, California) Friday, February 17th at 7 pm, and Saturday, February 18th at 4 pm; for more info see this and this.

The facebook page for the performance is here, and here is an ad that will run for the Columbia performance:

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"The Adventures of Mark Twain: As Told By Himself" is set in 1896, when Twain was 60 and in the midst of a round-the-world speaking tour (recounted in his book "Following the Equator").

The performance features Twain giving an overview of his life up until then, and consists of the relating of interesting experiences and humorous anecdotes from Twain's boyhood and youth, his time as a riverboat pilot, his rambunctious and rollicking adventures in Nevada and California, as well as some of his experiences as a writer and world traveler.

I have edited a book which is a collection of excerpts from Twain's works, entitled "Mark Twain's Greatest Witticisms, Wisest Aphorisms, and Sharpest Criticisms: 50 Years of Brilliance from America's Favorite Author" It can be found here.


I have lived in eight states (Twain lived in even more, as well as other countries); in my case, besides my native California (where I was born and where I now again reside) in chronological order: New York, Montana, Alaska, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Idaho, and Missouri. "The Wild Humorist of the Pacific Slope" and I have California, New York, and Missouri in common.

Also as Twain was, I am a writer of both fiction (for which I use the nom de guerre "Blackbird Crow Raven", as a nod to my Native American heritage - I am "½ Cowboy, ½ Indian") and nonfiction, including a two-volume social and cultural history of the U.S. which covers important events from 1620-2006 and can be downloaded gratis here: http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/blackbirdcraven

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