Official Merchandise of Elmira 2017

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.

The Whiskey Barrel for Elmira 2017

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!


Dr. Jared Baker, Chief Distiller, helping CMTS pick the perfect whiskey
Whiskey Aging Room at Finger Lakes Distilling


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.