AUTHOR'S TABLE DINNER
Jan
16
to May 9

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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JOHN KENNEY: EVENINGS WITH AUTHORS
Jan
16
7:30 PM19:30

JOHN KENNEY: EVENINGS WITH AUTHORS

Thurber House is pleased to welcome 2014 Thurber Prize for American Humor winner John Kenney back to kick off the season. He won the Thurber Prize for his hilarious debut novel, Truth in Advertising, a wickedly funny and moving story about the absurdity of corporate life. He will discuss his latest books, Talk to Me and Love Poems for Married People. Talk to Me is a sharply observed, darkly funny, and ultimately warm story about a man who wakes up too late to the mess he’s made of his life, and about the human capacity for forgiveness and empathy. Love Poems for Married People is based on Kenney’s hugely popular New Yorker piece that became one of the most shared of all time.

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THE FLOOD: EVENINGS WITH AUTHORS
Jan
30
7:30 PM19:30

THE FLOOD: EVENINGS WITH AUTHORS

Thurber House is excited to help Opera Columbus and ProMusica Chamber Orchestra celebrate the WORLD PREMIERE of their brand new co-commissioned opera, The Flood, a harrowing story of human connection told through loss and shared tragedy, centered around the devastation of Columbus’ Franklinton neighborhood in the Great Flood of 1913.

To kick things off, Thurber House welcomes Conrade C. Hinds, author of Columbus and the Great Flood of 1913. Hinds will talk about the impact the flood had on Columbus and far beyond. Mr. Hinds is a retired Project Manager for the City of Columbus Dublin Road Water Plant and currently serves on the board of the Columbus Landmarks Foundation.

But wait, there’s more! Not only will we have Mr. Hinds sharing his work, but we will also read James Thurber’s hilarious take on the flood in his story, “The Day the Dam Broke,” and we will share excerpts from The Flood before it opens on February 8.

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THE BELLADONNAS: EVENINGS WITH AUTHORS
Feb
13
7:30 PM19:30

THE BELLADONNAS: EVENINGS WITH AUTHORS

Imagine a world where all erotica is written by feminists. Their daydreams include equal pay, a gender-balanced Congress, and Tom Hardy arriving at their doorstep to deliver a fresh case of LaCroix every week. Both light-hearted and empowering, New Erotica for Feminists is a sly, satirical take on all the things that turn feminists on.

Caitlin Kunkel, Brooke Preston, Fiona Taylor, and Carrie Wittmer are comedy writers and satirists whose work has been featured in The New Yorker, McSweeney’s, and many other outlets across the vast internet. Together, they co-founded and edit the website The Belladonna, which responds to today’s culture, news, and politics with comedy and satire written by women and non-binary authors, for everyone.

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DIANE LES BECQUETS: EVENINGS WITH AUTHORS
Mar
5
7:30 PM19:30

DIANE LES BECQUETS: EVENINGS WITH AUTHORS

Diane Les Becquets is the author of the national bestselling and award-winning novel Breaking Wild. She will talk about her riveting new novel, The Last Woman in the Forest. Marian Engström has found her true calling: working with rescue dogs to help protect endangered wildlife. On her first assignment, she falls in love with her mentor, the daring and brilliant Tate. When they’re separated on another assignment, she’s shattered to learn of his tragic death. Marian soon discovers disturbing inconsistencies about Tate’s life, and begins to wonder if the man she loved could have been responsible for the unsolved murders of at least four women. Hoping to clear Tate’s name, Marian reaches out to a retired forensic profiler. But as Marian circles ever closer to the truth, evil stalks her every move.

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CATHY GUISEWITE: EVENINGS WITH AUTHORS
Apr
5
7:30 PM19:30

CATHY GUISEWITE: EVENINGS WITH AUTHORS

Cathy Guisewite is the creator of the Cathy comic strip, which ran in nearly 1,400 newspapers for thirty-four years. The strips have been compiled into more than twenty books, and earned Guisewite the National Cartoonists Society Reuben Award in 1992 and an Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program for the TV special of Cathy in 1987.  She will talk about her latest book, Fifty Things that Aren’t My Fault, a collection of funny, warm, and wise essays in the style of Nora Ephron and Erma Bombeck, centered on the particular challenge of caring for aging parents and growing children, all while trying not to lose oneself in the process.

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HELEN ELLIS: EVENINGS WITH AUTHORS
Apr
23
7:30 PM19:30

HELEN ELLIS: EVENINGS WITH AUTHORS

Helen Ellis, the New York Times bestselling author of American Housewife and Eating the Cheshire Cat is back with a fiercely funny collection of essays on marriage and manners, thank you notes and three ways, ghosts, gunshots, gynecology, and the Calgon-scented, onion-dipped, monogrammed art of living as a Southern Lady. In Southern Lady Code, Ellis transforms herself into a dominatrix Donna Reed to save her marriage, inadvertently steals a $795 Burberry trench coat, witnesses a man fake his own death at a party, avoids a neck lift, and finds a black tie gown that gives her the confidence of a drag queen.

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SHAWN LEVY: EVENINGS WITH AUTHORS
May
9
7:30 PM19:30

SHAWN LEVY: EVENINGS WITH AUTHORS

Shawn Levy is the author of nine books, including the New York Times bestsellers Rat Pack Confidential and Paul Newman: A Life. He will discuss his latest book, The Castle on Sunset. Perched above the Sunset Strip like a fairytale castle, the Chateau Marmont seems to come from another world entirely. Its singular appearance houses an equally singular history. It has welcomed the most iconic and iconoclastic personalities in film, music, and media. Much of what’s happened inside the Chateau’s walls has eluded the public eye . . . until now. With wit and insight, Levy recounts the wild revelries and scandalous liaisons, the creative breakthroughs and marital breakdowns, and the births and deaths that have occurred at the Chateau.

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