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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.

Join Michael J. Rosen and special guest readers as they kick off the 2019 Summer Literary Picnics season!

Michael 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. Michael is the author of some 150 other books—poetry, young-adult novels, anthologies, picture books, cookbooks—for readers of all ages.

Celebrate Thurber! This is a Thurber@125 event, celebrating James Thurber’s 125th birthday.

Celebrate Thurber! This is a Thurber@125 event, celebrating James Thurber’s 125th birthday.


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.

Pretzel club sandwich, potato salad, chips, and a brownie.

Individual Tickets
Dinner and Reading: $40
Reading Only (Adult): $25
Reading Only (Children 12 and Under): $5

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.