MARK TWAIN FOR CAT LOVERS (with Illustrations)
By Mark Dawidziak
(Forthcoming from Lyons Press – Spring 2016)

Television critic of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, author and veteran Twain one-man show performer and editor of MARK TWAIN'S GUIDE TO DIET, EXERCISE, BEAUTY, FASHION, ROMANCE, HEALTH, AND HAPPINESS, Mark Dawidziak’s lighthearted volume MARK TWAIN FOR CAT LOVERS (with illustrations), a breezy trip through Twain’s life and his writings – in the company of cats: Includes Twain’s delightful views on cats, tales told about cats (one a b edtime tradition concocted for his daughters), anecdotes about his favorite cats, and observations by others speaking to his devotion to cats.

MARK TWAIN FOR DOG LOVERS (with Illustrations)
By Kent Rasmussen
(Forthcoming from Lyons Press – Spring 2016)

One of the most respected, prolific, and best-selling writers on Mark Twain, best known for his award-winning reference book Mark Twain A to Z (which Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan called their “Bible” while they were producing their documentary on Mark Twain,) Kent Rasmussen’s MARK TWAIN FOR DOG LOVERS (with illustrations), a collection of some 30 stories with delightful commentary to explain the history of Mark Twain’s connections with dogs: Including dogs Mark Twain personally knew, extraordinary dogs, unfairly put-upon dogs, fun-loving dogs, and dogs with foreign accents.

This book includes original illustrations from Mark Twain’s published writings and some photographs of Mark Twain himself with dogs.

About the Author:  R. Kent Rasmussen is one of the most respected, prolific, and best-selling writers on Mark Twain currently working. He is the author or editor of nine highly regarded books on Mark Twain and is now under contract with Bloomsbury Publishing of England to coedit his tenth book--a collection of original scholarly essays titled Mark Twain and Youth. Many top scholars in the field are writing for this book, and its foreword is being written by actor Hal Holbrook, who is famous for having performed Mark Twain Tonight! for more than fifty years. Rasmussen holds a Ph.D. in history from UCLA, has taught college, and worked for many years as an editor. In addition to his Mark Twain writings, he has published books on literature, African history, African-American history, Native Americans, World War I, and other subjects. His extensive editorial experience includes jobs in magazine and special-event publications, historical documents, teaching materials, and reference books. Rasmussen’s editorial expertise has also spilled over into his own Mark Twain books in such titles as The Quotable Mark Twain, a quote collection now in its 12th printing; Mark Twain’s Book for Bad Boys and Girls, a volume similar in structure and concept to the dog book he proposes, that has been in print for nearly 20 years; Mark Twain (Critical Insights), a collection of new and reprinted scholarly essays; Mark Twain’s Autobiographical Writings in the Penguin Classics series; and Dear Mark Twain: Letters from His Readers, published last year to acclaim for its originality and the depth of its research. Rasmussen is probably best known, however, for his award-winning reference book Mark Twain A to Z, which Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan called their “Bible” while they were producing their 2002 PBS documentary on Mark Twain. In 2007, Rasmussen published a significantly expanded revision of that work in a reorganized two-volume edition re-titled Critical Companion to Mark Twain. And more. Reviews of all his Mark Twain books can be read on the website of the Mark Twain Forum at http://www.twainweb.net/reviews/index.htm