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. Submissions and artwork are juried by a committee of teen writers from the Thurber House Young Writers' Studio, a semi-monthly writing workshop for high school students.
You may pick up your pre-ordered boxed dinner at any point within this time frame. If you choose to bring your own dinner, we invite you to picnic on the lawn with us. Our Young Docents will offer free guided tours of Thurber House.
The program begins. Thurber House remains open after the reading for touring, book buying, and signing.
Rustic Italian sandwich, pasta salad, chips, and a brownie.
Dinner and Reading: $40
Reading Only (Adult): $25
Reading Only (Children 12 and Under): $5
Dinner and Reading tickets must be purchased by noon on the Friday before the picnic. All tickets are non-refundable.
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