Samuel Clemens’ Secret Trip to Maui: Lost Twain Published by Outskirts Press

Outskirts Press announces the latest highly anticipated historical fiction book from Kailua Kona, HI, author Kate H. Winter.

Kailua Kona, HI, December 01, 2011 --( Outskirts Press, Inc. has published Lost Twain: A Novel of Hawai'i by Kate H Winter. The author's most recent book to date is a 5.5 x 8.5 paperback in the historical fiction category and is available worldwide on book retailer websites such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble. The webpage at was launched simultaneously with the book's publication.

In 1866, Samuel L. Clemens was “lost” on the island of Maui. The journalist who would become Mark Twain suddenly ceased sending his dispatches back to California. His “Letters” resumed six weeks later without explanation.

What was he doing on Maui? And why did he want it kept secret?

Emily Witt, an English professor from Buffalo, New York, is handed the lost notebook Clemens kept during that escapade by the mysterious Hawaiian who also introduces her to the exotic and erotic realities of Hawai’i today. Before her summer research trip ends, the professor has to negotiate a future that satisfies her newly awakened self. In alternating narratives of Emily’s journey and Clemens’s missing weeks, this novel explores the lure of “going native” and our “civilized” resistance to it, with glimpses of how Hawaiians embrace outsiders or don’t.

How can Emily protect the Hawaiian family whose history is entwined with Clemens and still publish the find of her career? Is it exposure or exploitation? And how does love bind Witt and Twain to Hawai’i and its people?

214 pages in length, Lost Twain: A Novel of Hawai'i is being aggressively promoted to appropriate markets with a focus on the historical fiction category. With U.S. wholesale distribution through Ingram and Baker & Taylor, and pervasive online availability through Amazon, Barnes & Noble and elsewhere, Lost Twain meets consumer demand through both retail and library markets with a suggested retail price of $14.95.

Additionally, Lost Twain can be ordered by retailers or wholesalers for the maximum trade discount price set by the author in quantities of ten or more from the Outskirts Press Direct bookstore at

ISBN: 9781432781804

Format: 5.5 x 8.5 paperback cream

SRP: $14.95

For more information or to contact the author, visit

About the author:

Kate “Kealani” H. Winter wrote the award-winning biography of America’s female Mark Twain, Marietta Holley, and the 2005 PBS documentary about her. Her second book, The Woman in the Mountain, explored the lives of Adirondack Mountain women. After teaching 19th century fiction at a New York University, she spent three years teaching at the University of Hawai’i. Winter now lives in Hawai’i and upstate New York, with her back against mountains, and combining, as her characters do, the pleasures of living in two very different worlds.

About Outskirts Press, Inc.

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