Associated Press file Community leaders will read aloud "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" by Mark Twain.

Bee Book Club and The Big Read: See and hear 'Tom Sawyer'

Published: Thursday, Sep. 29, 2011 - 12:00 am | Page 1D

The Bee Book Club has partnered with the Sacramento Public Library and its The Big Read/One Book Sacramento program to present a special evening for the public tonight (details below) and a special reading of the featured book.

When the library announced in March that "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" by Mark Twain was its choice for its seventh annual Big Read, The Bee collaborated with Access Sacramento, its community media partner, to film chapter-by-chapter readings of the novel.

McAvoy Layne, the "Ghost of Mark Twain," recorded the book's preface and conclusion, and 35 people from the community have been filmed reading one chapter each.

Beginning today and continuing daily through Oct. 31, you can see and hear a new chapter being read as The Big Read unfolds. The recordings and text of each chapter will be posted at tomsawyer. The recordings also will be shown on Access Sacramento Cable Channels 17 and 18.

Today, reading the book's preface and chapters 1, 2 and 3 are, respectively, McAvoy Layne; Rep. Dan Lungren, R-Gold River; Sacramento Bee Executive Editor Joyce Terhaar; and Society for the Blind reader Abe Sass.

On Friday, Rivkah Sass will read Chapter 4. She is the director of the Sacramento Public Library.

The Big Read invites everyone to read "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" and participate in the special programs at the library's 28 locations.

For more information: (916) 264-2920,


What: Mark Twain scholar Robert Hirst of UC Berkeley, the editor-in-charge of "The Autobiography of Mark Twain." And McAvoy Layne, the actor who portrays the legendary writer as the "Ghost of Mark Twain." The event is co-sponsored by Sacramento Bee Book Club and the Sacramento Public Library's The Big Read/One Book Sacramento.

Title: "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" by Mark Twain

When: 6 tonight; doors will open at 5:15 p.m.

Where: Tsakopoulos Library Galleria, 828 I St., Sacramento. Cost: Free

Information: The event is open to the public on a first-come, first-seated basis. (916) 264-2920, (916) 321-1128,

See it again: The event will be filmed and broadcast on Access Cable Channel 17 and AT&T U-Verse Channel 99 at 5 p.m. Oct. 16; 9 a.m. Oct. 17 (Internet only); 1 a.m. Oct. 18; 6:30 p.m. Oct. 23; 10:30 a.m. Oct. 24 (Internet only); 2:30 a.m. Oct. 25; 10 p.m. Oct. 30; 2 p.m. Oct. 31 (Internet only); and 6 a.m. Nov. 1.

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