JANET BEARD: EVENINGS WITH AUTHORS
May
15
7:30 PM19:30

JANET BEARD: EVENINGS WITH AUTHORS

Janet Beard makes her debut appearance at Thurber House with her novel, The Atomic City Girls. In 1944, 18-year-old June Walker boards a bus for a city that doesn't officially exist—Oak Ridge, Tennessee—where she begins work on the Manhattan Project. The purpose of her work is never explained. Longing to know more about her top-secret assignment, June begins an affair with Sam Cantor, a physicist who clearly understands the end goal. When Hiroshima’s bombing brings the truth about Oak Ridge into devastating focus, June must confront her ideals of loyalty, patriotism, and war itself.

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ROBIN YOCUM: EVENINGS WITH AUTHORS
Apr
25
7:30 PM19:30

ROBIN YOCUM: EVENINGS WITH AUTHORS

A former Dispatch crime and investigative reporter and award-winning novelist, Robin Yocum returns to his Ohio Valley roots in his fifth novel, A Perfect Shot. Two decades after he made the winning shot in the state championship basketball game, Nicholas “Duke” Ducheski remains much adored on the streets of Mingo Junction. No longer wanting his life to be defined by something he did when he was eighteen, he parlays his local popularity into a successful restaurant—Duke's Place. When a known mob enforcer murders his oldest friend, Duke figures out a way to extract revenge. To do so, however, means leaving Mingo Junction and sacrificing his treasured identity as the town legend. If he follows through, what will remain of his life?

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CARL HOFFMAN: EVENINGS WITH AUTHORS
Mar
27
7:30 PM19:30

CARL HOFFMAN: EVENINGS WITH AUTHORS

Two adventurers sought a treasure possessed by the legendary "Wild Men of Borneo." One found riches. The other vanished into an endless jungle. New York Times bestselling author Carl Hoffman discovers that nothing is as it seems in the world's last Eden. Bruno Manser lived with the peace-loving Penan tribe when commercial logging began devouring the jungle. He led the fight against these outside forces, but vanished in 2000. Had he become a hermit, or a martyr, or gone mad? Michael Palmieri staged expeditions to acquire artifacts from the Dayaks, the famed headhunters of Borneo. The successful tribal art collector supplied sacred works to museums and collectors, but suspicion shadowed this self-styled buccaneer. Was he preserving or exploiting native culture? Hoffman is the author of the critically acclaimed Savage Harvest: A Tale of Cannibals, Colonialism, and Michael Rockefeller’s Tragic Quest for Primitive Art.

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MARISA DE LOS SANTOS: EVENINGS WITH AUTHORS
Mar
6
7:30 PM19:30

MARISA DE LOS SANTOS: EVENINGS WITH AUTHORS

New York Times bestselling author Marisa De Los Santos revisits the characters from her beloved novels Love Walked In and Belong to Me in her latest novel, I’ll Be Your Blue Sky, a drama involving family, friendship, secrets, sacrifice, and courage. On her wedding weekend, Clare Hobbes meets an elderly woman named Edith Herron. During the course of a single conversation, Edith gives Clare the courage to break off her engagement to her charming, but overly possessive fiancé. Three weeks later, Clare learns that Edith has died and left her another gift. Marisa is an author and award-winning poet with a doctorate in literature and creative writing. She lives in Wilmington, Delaware, with her husband, David Teague, a children's book author, and their son and daughter.

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LAURA LIPPMAN: EVENINGS WITH AUTHORS
Feb
27
7:30 PM19:30

LAURA LIPPMAN: EVENINGS WITH AUTHORS

New York Times bestselling author Laura Lippman returns to Thurber House with her latest novel, Sunburn, a tale about a pair of lovers with the best intentions and the worst luck. Two people are locked in a passionate, yet uncompromising game of cat and mouse. But instead of rules, this game has dark secrets, forbidden desires, inevitable betrayals, and murder. One is playing a long game. But which one? Inspired by James M. Cain's masterpieces The Postman Always Rings Twice, Double Indemnity, and Mildred Pierce, Sunburn is a tantalizing modern noir.

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LORI ERICKSON: EVENINGS WITH AUTHORS
Feb
6
7:30 PM19:30

LORI ERICKSON: EVENINGS WITH AUTHORS

From a childhood on an Iowa farm, Lori Erickson grew up to travel the world as a writer specializing in holy sites, journeys that led her on an ever-deepening spiritual quest. In Holy Rover, Lori weaves the irreverent and the devout into a personal narrative. Lori's trips have given her a chance to reflect on her Lutheran upbringing, her flirtation with Wicca, and her admiration for Tibetan Buddhism. A trip to the healing shrine of Lourdes is intertwined with the story of her son's serious illness as a baby, while a visit to Thoreau's Walden Pond blends with ruminations on being a writer. Lori is an Episcopal deacon and author of the Holy Rover blog at Patheos.

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