On the evening of Sept. 29, nearly 400 people gathered in the Tsakopoulos Library Galleria to help kick off the Sacramento Public Library's The Big Read/One Book Sacramento program, in partnership with the Sacramento Bee Book Club. The title of choice was "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" by Mark Twain.
Giving presentations on stage that night were Twain scholar Robert Hirst of UC Berkeley, the editor-in-charge of "The Autobiography of Mark Twain." And McAvoy Layne, the actor who portrays the legendary writer as "The Ghost of Mark Twain."
Access Sacramento Cable TV is The Bee's community media partner for the "Mark Twain Project." It was present at the Galleria that night, filming the entire 90-minute program for playback.
If you missed the event or want to see it again, Access Sacramento has scheduled it to run at 5 p.m. Sunday on Channel 17 on the Comcast, Surewest and AT&T U-Verse cable systems. It also will be streamed worldwide at www.AccessSacramento.org. The program is also available "on-demand" on Comcast digital Channel 1 under "Get Local" (click the "Access Sacramento" tab).
More broadcasts will be at 9 a.m. Monday (Internet only); 1 a.m. Tuesday; 6:30 p.m. Oct. 23; 10:30 a.m. Oct. 24 (Internet only); 2:30 a.m. Oct. 25; 10 p.m. Oct. 30; 2 p.m. Oct. 31 (Internet only); and 6 a.m. Nov. 1.
Also: Each day through Oct. 31, a prominent Sacramentan will read a chapter from "Tom Sawyer." Go to www.sacbee.com/tomsawyer for videos and text.
The Big Read invites everyone to participate in the many special programs at the library's 28 locations, continuing through Oct. 31. For more information: (916) 264-2920, www.saclibrary.org.