The CMTS staff is looking forward to welcoming everyone attending Elmira 2017: the Eighth International Conference on the State of Mark Twain Studies.
While the conference has garnered a reputation for stimulating conversations and erudite papers, it is also known for producing a pretty good time. In this “spirit,” CMTS has partnered with Finger Lakes Distilling and is offering a limited edition, single barrel bourbon whiskey for purchase on Friday night and Saturday night. A number of their other fine products will be available for tasting.
For all of you whiskey enthusiasts, the spirit is a wheat bourbon that has been aged for more than five years. Members of the CMTS staff recently visited Finger Lakes Distilling and had the opportunity of tasting a number of different barrels and choosing the whiskey that will be offered at Elmira 2017. (Needless to say, we all had a good time!) Finger Lakes Distilling has graciously offered to donate a portion of all proceeds from this barrel to CMTS. It’s a win-win! You get a bottle of whiskey and the gratitude of all the Twain scholars it supports!
Not only will whiskey be available, but a number of souvenirs will be available in the EC Campus Store, including the official Elmira 2017 “Assault of Laughter” T-shirt (available in black and grey) and mugs.
Another t-shirt will be available that celebrates CMTS’ ties with the Mark Twain Journal, featuring the iconic caricature of Twain himself.
If that wasn’t enough, CMTS has organized a book sale focusing on recent releases in Mark Twain scholarship. These books will be offered at a reduced price in order to help disseminate these books into the Twain community.
The moral of the story: while we try to keep the money-changers out of the Temple, make sure to bring all of your pocket change! It’s going to be a great conference.