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  • Thurber House 77 Jefferson Avenue Columbus, OH, 43215 United States (map)

Online ticket sales are closed. Reading Only tickets will be available at the door for $25.

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.

This event celebrates the 35th anniversary of Thurber House.

This event celebrates the 35th anniversary of Thurber House.


Picnic Schedule

5:30-6:40 pm
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.

6:45 pm
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.

Individual Tickets
Dinner and Reading: $42
Reading Only (Adult): $26.25
Reading Only (Children 12 and Under): $5.25

If you would like to order a dinner ticket, please make your reservation by noon on the Friday before the picnic. All tickets are non-refundable.

Click here for more information about the schedule, dinner, and rain site.

Columbus Arts and Culture Fee

As of July 1, 2019: Included in the total ticket price is a 5% arts and culture fee as required by the City of Columbus (this excludes tickets for events occurring outside the City of Columbus). The arts and culture fee provides public funds to support artists and arts/cultural organizations like Thurber House that educate and engage audiences of all ages. Click here for more information.