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Nicholas White: Summer Literary Picnic

  • Thurber House 77 Jefferson Avenue Columbus, OH, 43215 United States (map)
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Nick White is an Assistant Professor of English at The Ohio State University. A native of Mississippi, White earned a Ph.D. in English from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His short stories have been published in a variety of places, including The Kenyon Review, Guernica, Indiana Review, Day One, and The Hopkins Review.

How to Survive a Summer is White's searing debut novel centering around a gay-to-straight conversion camp in Mississippi and a man’s reckoning with the trauma he faced there as a teen. Grad student Will Dillard has largely buried memories of the summer he spent at a camp intended to “cure” homosexuality. But when he finds out a horror movie based on the camp is hitting theaters, he’s forced to face his past—and his role in another camper’s death. As he recounts the events surrounding his “failed rehabilitation,” Will strikes out on an impromptu road trip back home to Mississippi, eventually returning to the abandoned campgrounds to solve the mysteries of that pivotal summer.

Picnicking begins at 5:30, and the program will start at 6:45.

New York Reuben with Corned Beef, Sauerkraut, Swiss Cheese, and Russian Dressing on Rye; Roasted Potato and Corn Salad with Sweet Peppers and Tomatoes; Chocolate Pound Cake

Reading Only: $25
Children 12 and Under Reading Only: $5

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