A Man of Mark\r\n\r\nBy Helena Gondry\r\n\r\n<a href="http:\/\/pocahontastimes.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/25\/2014\/09\/Library-Lines-web.jpg"><img class="alignleft size-medium wp-image-5369" src="http:\/\/pocahontastimes.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/25\/2014\/09\/Library-Lines-web-205x300.jpg" alt="Library Lines web" width="205" height="300" \/><\/a>Kiy Tywoniw\u2019s black and white portrait captures the essentials of Mark Twain. The prominent lighter side is Twain\u2019s pure and poignant humor found in letters, essays and books. Yet, he is shadowed in dark challenges he cared deeply about, such as international literary piracy in a time when a writer\u2019s works were not protected. In the intensity of his eyes, a certain sadness, a burden perhaps \u2013 that the betterment of a society he believed in was in trouble.\r\n\r\nMark Twain is the \u2018mom de guerre\u201d of Samuel Clemens, 1835 \u2013 1910. As this young country grew into an international and industrial power, Twain shared his observations through his writings and popular speeches \u2013 home and abroad.\r\n\r\nFor most, he is known for his novels, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.\r\n\r\nHis influence on American literature can be found in Mark Twain, A Life, by Ron Powers, and for junior readers, A Writer\u2019s Life, Mark Twain, by Milton Meltzer.\r\n\r\nThree volumes of his autobiography have recently been published, and his books and short stories are on display at the Hillsboro Library.\r\n\r\nDoug Riley, of Tunnelton, is a retired history teacher. In 1992, he finished his career in the US Army Reserves as a Combat Arms Officer serving with NATOR forces in Germany.\r\n\r\nRiley portrays Mark Twain as part of the West Virginia Humanities History Alive! program.\r\n\r\n\u201cTwain\u201d will speak about his boyhood years September 20 at a special event at the Hillsboro Library.\r\n\r\nThe social begins at 5 p.m. with music by Bill Hefner, followed at 6 p.m by a potluck supper. The program will begin at 7 p.m.\r\n\r\nThere is no charge and children are welcome. Please bring a covered dish to share at the potluck.\r\n\r\n\u201cBy itself, railroad coffee is too passive but sheep-dip makes it wake up and get down to business.\u201d \u2013 a Mark Twain maxim on a dish towel in my home on Droop Mountain.