MICHAEL J. ROSEN AND SPECIAL GUEST READERS: SUMMER LITERARY PICNICS
Jun
12
5:30 PM17:30

MICHAEL J. ROSEN AND SPECIAL GUEST READERS: SUMMER LITERARY PICNICS

Michael J. Rosen was among those involved in the very first days of Thurber House and he continued to serve as its literary director for twenty years. For the Year of Thurber, Michael is publishing his fifth and sixth books of James Thurber’s work: Collected Fables, as well as a hefty monograph, A Mile and a Half of Lines: The Art of James Thurber.

A Mile and a Half of Lines coincides with an exhibition at the Columbus Museum of Art that Michael has curated and which runs from August 24, 2019 through March 15, 2020.

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KAIRA ROUDA: SUMMER LITERARY PICNICS
Jun
26
5:30 PM17:30

KAIRA ROUDA: SUMMER LITERARY PICNICS

The perfect home. The perfect family. The perfect lie.

Jane Harris lives in a sparkling home in an oceanfront gated community. It’s a place that seems too beautiful to be touched by sadness. A year ago, Jane’s daughter, Mary, died in a tragic accident, and she’s been grief-stricken ever since. When Jane emerges from her haze of anti-depressants, she discovers that her family seems to have changed. Does someone know more about Mary, and about her last day, than they’ve revealed?

Kaira Rouda is an accomplished business leader, entrepreneur, national speaker, and internationally bestselling and award-winning author. Kaira lives in Southern California with her husband, Congressman Harley Rouda.

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CHILDREN'S WRITER-IN-RESIDENCE MARIKA MCCOOLA AND FLIP THE PAGE: SUMMER LITERARY PICNICS
Jul
10
5:30 PM17:30

CHILDREN'S WRITER-IN-RESIDENCE MARIKA MCCOOLA AND FLIP THE PAGE: SUMMER LITERARY PICNICS

Marika McCoola is an illustrator, educator, and New York Times bestselling author of Baba Yaga's Assistant. She is the 2019 Thurber House Children’s Writer-in-Residence. Baba Yaga’s Assistant features Russian folklore icon Baba Yaga, a fearsome witch who lives in a house on chicken legs. When lonely teenager Masha enters the haunted wood, Baba Yaga chooses her as her assistant, requiring her to pass a series of difficult tests to earn her place. No easy task, with children on the menu!

This picnic will also feature readings from the talented writers of Thurber House’s literary journal, Flip the Page, which is written, staffed, and produced by Central Ohio teenagers and Thurber House staff. It showcases the work of local writers, ages 13 to 19, and provides experience in submission, critique, editorial design, and publication.

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LINDA CASTILLO: SUMMER LITERARY PICNICS
Jul
24
5:30 PM17:30

LINDA CASTILLO: SUMMER LITERARY PICNICS

Internationally bestselling author Linda Castillo is from Ohio, where her Amish thrillers are set. Linda’s latest thriller, Shamed, is a gripping story of the murder of an Amish grandmother and the abduction of her seven year old granddaughter. Chief of Police Kate Burkholder plunges headlong into a case that quickly becomes a race against time. The family of the missing girl has a good reputation in the community, but Kate soon learns they're keeping secrets—and the sins of their past may be coming back to haunt them. What are they hiding and why?

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ANDRA GILLUM: SUMMER LITERARY PICNICS
Aug
7
5:30 PM17:30

ANDRA GILLUM: SUMMER LITERARY PICNICS

We invite readers of all ages to enjoy this literary picnic with Andra Gillum. Andra is a local author raised in Dublin, Ohio, who now lives in Upper Arlington with her family. Andra is the author of the children’s books Doggy Drama, Puppy Drama, Old Doggy Drama, and Lost Doggy Drama (coming soon). Her books are based on the adventures of her real dogs, Riley and Lucy. Andra does frequent author visits, and teaches writing workshops at schools, libraries, and Thurber House.

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RUTH AWAD: SUMMER LITERARY PICNICS
Aug
21
5:30 PM17:30

RUTH AWAD: SUMMER LITERARY PICNICS

In Lebanon during the civil war, a teenage boy and his family witness leveled cities, displaced civilians, the aftermath of massacres. Resources are scarce and uncertainty is everywhere. What does it mean to survive? To leave behind a home torn apart by war? To carry the burden of what you've seen across an ocean? These poems follow a man as he leaves his country for America, falls in love, and becomes a single father. Set to Music a Wildfire explores the violence of living, the guilt of surviving, the loneliness of faith, and the impossible task of belonging. Winner of the 2016 Michael Waters Poetry Prize and the 2018 Ohioana Book Award for Poetry.

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