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The Mark Twain House & Museum, Talk

June 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT

Howard Fishman, author of To Anyone Who Ever Asks: The Life, Music, and Mystery of Connie Converse, joins New Yorker Staff Writer Sarah Larson LIVE onstage to discuss the overlooked history of a musical pioneer.

Connie Converse was a mid-century New York City songwriter, singer, and composer whose haunting music never found broad recognition. Fishman approaches Converse’s story as both a fan and a journalist, and expertly weaves a narrative of her life and music, and of how it has come to speak to him as both an artist and a person. Ultimately, he places her in the canon as a significant outsider artist, a missing link between a now old-fashioned kind of American music and the reflective, complex, arresting music that transformed the sixties and music forever. It’s a story and subject that is by turn hopeful, inspiring, melancholy, and chilling.

In-Person Event: $10 non-members, $5 members. REGISTER HERE.

Copies of To Anyone Who Ever Asks are available for purchase through the Mark Twain Store; proceeds benefit The Mark Twain House & Museum. Books will be shipped after the event. We regret that we are NOT able to ship books outside the United States as it is cost-prohibitive to do so.


About the Author: Howard Fishman is a writer, musician, theatre-maker, and composer based in Brooklyn, New York. He began his career as a street musician in New Orleans, and continues to perform, record and tour in the States and abroad, fronting his various ensembles, as a solo artist, and on bills with diverse artists. He is a frequent contributor to The New Yorker, and his cultural essays have also appeared in The Washington Post MagazineVanity Fair, ArtForum, The Village Voice, and The San Fransico Chronicle. Fishman has also been a teaching Artist in Residence at the Hotchkiss School, Skidmore College, Connecticut College, and at Mercyhurst Institute, and has been awarded fellowships to the Dora Maar House, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Vermont Studio Center, the Horned Dorset Colony, and the Hermitage Artist Retreat.

About the Moderator: Sarah Larson, a staff writer at The New Yorker, writes about arts, media, and cultural figures for the magazine, including recent profiles of Judy Blume and Audie Cornish. She grew up in Wethersfield, Connecticut, and lives in Manhattan.


June 6
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT


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Hartford, CT
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