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

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Originally from Ohio where her Amish thrillers are set, internationally bestselling author Linda Castillo knew from an early age that she wanted to be a writer—and penned her first novel at the age of thirteen. Linda’s latest thriller, Shamed, is a gripping story of the murder of an Amish grandmother on an abandoned farm, 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?

Linda Castillo has published thirty books and won numerous awards, and has been nominated for a RITA Award. Her debut thriller, Sworn to Silence, and its sequels, are New York Times bestsellers and have garnered starred reviews from Library Journal, Publisher's Weekly, and Booklist. Sworn to Silence was recently adapted into a movie re-titled An Amish Murder, starring Neve Campbell as Kate Burkholder.

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.

Smokehouse chicken club sandwich, potato 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.