Past Event

Mark Twain and the Laughing River featuring Jim Post

Join us for this event presented by the DeKalb Public Library and the Big Read Project.

Jim Post has hung out with Janis Joplin and Studs Terkel, performed with stars from country great Eddy Arnold to rock giant Cream, been recognized by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. But this Charlotte’s Web regular from Galena, IL, who continues to draw enthusiastic audiences after more than four decades, remains down-to-earth.

In the past 30 years, among other things, Post has recorded more than 20 CDs; written and performed two acclaimed one-man shows; written several children’s books with Janet, his wife of 17 years (who also plays cello and piano for “The Laughing River”); and helped to create and promote a successful, musical, phoneme-based reading program for children with developmental difficulties.

Jim Post is fantastic as Mark Twain in this funny and witty performance. He will incorporate all types of informational gems about Mark Twain’s life, his books and a little music! Everyone will come away with a greater knowledge as to why Twain is one of history’s greatest writers.

In 1986, Jim wrote his first play, Galena Rose: How Whiskey Won the West, which he performed more than fifteen-hundred times, including a performance for the Smithsonian Institute. From family Christmas plays (The Heart of Christmas), to sequels (Mark Twain’s Adventures Out West), from concerts to Northlight Theatre to the world premiere of Mark Twain and the Laughing River, all the way to the English Speaking Theatre in Vienna, Austria, Jim’s imagination has kept the theme of youth and laughter echoing through all of his performances.

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