MARK TWAIN’S AMERICA is featured in this week’s giveaway

Crimespree magazine, in conjunction with Friday Reads Facebook page, is offering you a chance to win a copy of MARK TWAIN’S AMERICA by by Harry L. Katz, Lewis H. Lapham


An illustrated tribute to Mark Twain’s life and work, featuring rare illustrations, photographs, popular and fine prints, and more from the Library of Congress.

Mark Twain is an American icon. We now know him as the author of classics, but in his day he was a controversial satirist and public figure who traveled the world and healed post-Civil War America with his tall tales, witty anecdotes, and humorous but insightful novels and stories. Twain’s legacy continues to flourish over 100 years after his death.

MARK TWAIN’S AMERICA features spectacular examples of Twain memorabilia and period Americana from the unsurpassed collections of the Library of Congress: rare illustrations, vintage photographs, popular and fine prints, period views, caricatures, cartoons, maps, and more. Excerpts from Twain’s writings are framed in a lively narrative by author Harry L. Katz.

Covering the years between 1850 and 1910, the book gives readers an intimate view of Twain’s many roles in life: Mississippi river boat pilot, California gold prospector, “printer’s devil” at a small-town newspaper, muckraking journalist, novelist, public speaker extraordinaire, our first major celebrity author. Through letters, political cartoons, photographs and more, MARK TWAIN’S AMERICA offers an inside look into Twain’s life as well as the literary. social, and political life of America during his time.

Independent curator and writer Harry L. Katz is a specialist in American graphic art and former Head Curator in the Prints and Photographs Division at the Library of Congress. He is editor and co-author of BASEBALL AMERICANA: Treasures of the Library of Congress (Library of Congress and Smithsonian Institution Press, 2009) and HERBLOCK: The Life and Work of the Great Political Cartoonist (LC, The Herb Block Foundation and W.W. Norton, 2009). Katz has also edited, authored or co-authored Cartoon America: Comic Art at the Library of Congress (LC and Harry N. Abrams, 2006), Humor’s Edge: Cartoons By Ann Telnaes (LC and Pomegranate Press, 2004) and Eyes of the Nation: A Visual History of the United States (Library of Congress and Alfred A. Knopf Publishers, 1997). Katz divides his time between Washington, D.C. and Del Mar, California.

The founder and editor of Lapham’s Quarterly (2007-), Lewis Lapham was for thirty years (1976-2006), editor of Harper’s Magazine. The author of thirteen books, among them Money and Class in America, Theater of War, The Wish for Kings, Lapham in 2007 was inducted into the American Society of Magazine Editor’s Hall of Fame. Educated at Yale and Cambridge Universities, he lives in New York City. – See more at:

To be entered in the drawing shoot an email over to Jon? (remove the question mark) And put CONTEST in the subject line. Also please put your address in the body of the email.

We will pick the winners on December 19th.