AUTHOR'S TABLE DINNER
Sep
11
to Nov 6

AUTHOR'S TABLE DINNER

Want to have dinner with an author? Author's Table Dinners are unique to Evenings with Authors and are held prior to most Evenings with Authors events. They are a great opportunity to share a fantastic meal with the author and talk about his or her work in a more intimate setting.

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BECKET: EVENINGS WITH AUTHORS
Oct
23
7:30 PM19:30

BECKET: EVENINGS WITH AUTHORS

Becket, the long-time personal assistant to Anne Rice, and Anne Rice reader and scholar, has compiled the ultimate annotated cosmology of Rice’s Vampiredom – The Vampire Chronicles of Anne Rice: An Alphabettery. From A(kasha) to Z(enobia), An Alphabettery covers all 15 books in the series, exploring the facts, details, story lines, genealogies of her characters, vampiric subjects, geographical influences, and cultural and individual histories. The book offers concise, detailed biographies of every character, no matter how central or minor to the cosmology.

Becket is a fascinating character to say the least. He is a former Benedictine monk with master’s degrees in theology and industrial/organizational psychology, and is an author in his own right. His latest novel, The Blood Vivicanti, features characters and concepts by both Becket and Rice, and is slated to be released as a six-part series.

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SARAH MCCOY: EVENINGS WITH AUTHORS
Nov
6
7:30 PM19:30

SARAH MCCOY: EVENINGS WITH AUTHORS

Sarah McCoy, New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of The Mapmaker’s Children and The Baker’s Daughter, visits Thurber House with her latest novel, Marilla of Green Gables. This bold, heartfelt tale explores life at Green Gables – before Anne. Described as a “marvelously entertaining and moving historical novel,” Marilla is set in rural Prince Edward Island in the 1800s. Plucky and ambitious, Marilla Cuthbert is 13 when her beloved mother dies in childbirth, and Marilla must bear the responsibilities of a farm wife: cooking, sewing, keeping house, and overseeing day-to-day life of Green Gables. In Avonlea, a small farming town on a remote island, life holds few options for farm girls. Emboldened by her aunt, Marilla dares to venture beyond the safety of Green Gables and discovers new friends and new opportunities.

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EILEEN MCNAMARA: EVENINGS WITH AUTHORS
Oct
3
7:30 PM19:30

EILEEN MCNAMARA: EVENINGS WITH AUTHORS

Eileen McNamara, the acclaimed Boston Globe reporter who won a Pulitzer Prize for commentary and spearheaded the paper’s award-winning coverage of the Catholic Church clergy sex abuse scandal, visits Thurber House with her biography, Eunice, the Kennedy who Changed the World. The Stanford-educated Eunice Kennedy Shriver tapped her father’s fortune and her brothers’ political power to engineer a civil rights movement on behalf of millions of individuals with developmental disabilities. In Eunice, McNamara brings Shriver out from her brothers’ considerable shadow, showing an officious, cigar-smoking, indefatigable woman of unladylike determination. McNamara was granted access to Shriver’s private papers—including scrapbooks she kept as a schoolgirl in prewar London. McNamara paints a vivid portrait of a woman both ahead of her time and out of step with it: the visionary founder of the Special Olympics, a devout Catholic in a secular age, and a formidable woman who had an incredible impact on American society.

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BOB LEDERER: EVENINGS WITH AUTHORS
Sep
26
7:30 PM19:30

BOB LEDERER: EVENINGS WITH AUTHORS

On the eve of the 50th anniversary of one of the most storied Super Bowls of all time, Bob Lederer has authored Beyond Broadway Joe, the consummate book on the 1968 New York Jets. On Jan. 12, 1969, the Jets astonished the nation when they beat the heavily favored Baltimore Colts to win Super Bowl III. The key to the Jets’ success was quarterback Joe Namath, whose superstar talent, revolutionary personality, cockiness, and charm made him an instant celebrity. But Namath didn’t do it alone. Lederer, a lifelong Jets fan and a professional business writer and editor for 40 years, takes readers on a fascinating journey with exclusive insights from the surviving players, coaches, and management of that championship team. In Beyond Broadway Joe, the members of that legendary team share their often funny, sometimes poignant, and always perceptive personal stories and memorable anecdotes about the Super Bowl team and its legendary win.

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KELLY SUNDBERG: EVENINGS WITH AUTHORS
Sep
17
7:30 PM19:30

KELLY SUNDBERG: EVENINGS WITH AUTHORS

In her memoir, Goodbye, Sweet Girl: A Story of Domestic Violence and Survival, author Kelly Sundberg explores domestic violence from the inside. Sundberg describes her memoir as “the story of how I ended up in an abusive marriage, why I stayed as long as I did, and why I eventually left.” Sundberg also explores her childhood in Salmon, Idaho, an isolated mountain community, which, like her marriage, was a place of deep contradictions and a place of magical beauty riven by secret brutality. Elle named Goodbye, Sweet Girl as one of the 30 best books to read last summer. Her essay, "It Will Look Like a Sunset," was selected for inclusion in The Best American Essays 2015. Other essays have appeared in Guernica, Gulf Coast, The Rumpus, Denver Quarterly, and Slice. Sundberg has a doctorate degree in creative nonfiction from Ohio University, where she is currently a postdoctoral research fellow.

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STEPHEN MARKLEY: EVENINGS WITH AUTHORS
Sep
11
7:30 PM19:30

STEPHEN MARKLEY: EVENINGS WITH AUTHORS

Stephen Markley launches the 2018 Fall Evenings With Authors Series with his debut novel, Ohio. Markley is a screenwriter, journalist, and graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. In Ohio, a generation has come of age knowing only war, recession, political gridlock, racial hostility, and a simmering fear of environmental calamity. Foreclosures, Walmarts, and opiates riddle the land, and death rates for rural whites have skyrocketed, fueled by suicide, addiction, and a rampant sense of marginalization and disillusionment. This is the world the characters in Markley’s novel inherit. Set in the fictional northeast Ohio community of New Canaan, Ohio takes place on a single night in 2015 when four former classmates return to their hometown, each with a mission, all haunted by the ghosts of their shared histories. Markley also is the author of the non-fiction Publish This Book: The Unbelievable True Story of How I Wrote, Sold, and Published This Very Book and Tales of Iceland.

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