TAYARI JONES: SPECIAL EVENT
Sep
18
7:00 PM19:00

TAYARI JONES: SPECIAL EVENT

Thurber House is pleased to present Tayari Jones, award-winning author of An American Marriage, in partnership with Denison University.

An American Marriage was a 2018 selection for Oprah’s Book Club; a 2018 best book of the year selection for NPR, Time, Bustle, O: The Oprah Magazine, and Amazon.com; and winner of the 2019 Women’s Prize for Fiction.

“A moving portrayal of the effects of a wrongful conviction on a young African-American couple.” —Barack Obama

Newlyweds Celestial and Roy embody the American Dream and the New South. As they settle into their life together, Roy is suddenly arrested and sentenced to twelve years for a crime Celestial knows he didn’t commit. As Roy’s time in prison passes, Celestial struggles to hold on to her love. After five years, Roy’s conviction is overturned, and he returns to Atlanta ready to resume their life together. An American Marriage is a profound look into the souls of people who are bound and separated by forces beyond their control, and who must reckon with the past while moving forward—with hope and pain—into the future.

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MY STRANGE AND SPOOKY WORLD: AN EVENING WITH AUTHOR JAMES A. WILLIS
Oct
25
7:00 PM19:00

MY STRANGE AND SPOOKY WORLD: AN EVENING WITH AUTHOR JAMES A. WILLIS

James A. Willis has been walking on the weird side of history for over 30 years. He will tell spooky and strange tales about the Buckeye State’s most unusual sightings and citizens—ghosts, monsters, UFOs, murderous villains, courageous heroes, and much more! Willis has authored more than a dozen books, including Ohio's Historic Haunts: Investigating the Paranormal in the Buckeye State, The Big Book of Ohio Ghost Stories, Central Ohio Legends and Lore, and Weird Ohio.

GHOST HUNT RAFFLE
That's not all—our popular Ghost Hunt Raffle is back! Did James Thurber actually have an encounter with a ghost on "The Night the Ghost Got In"? One lucky winner and a guest will join James A. Willis for a private ghost hunt inside Thurber House. Let’s face it . . . haven't you always wanted to scratch that one off your bucket list?

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SENATOR SHERROD BROWN: SPECIAL EVENT
Nov
17
7:00 PM19:00

SENATOR SHERROD BROWN: SPECIAL EVENT

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Thurber House is pleased to present U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown in partnership with Gramercy Books.

Since his election to the U.S. Senate in 2006, Sherrod Brown has sat on the Senate floor at a desk with a proud history: Desk 88. In his new book, Desk 88, Brown profiles eight Senators who were there before him, all of whom fought for a more just America. They range from Hugo Black, who helped to lift millions of American workers out of poverty, to Robert F. Kennedy, whose eyes were opened by an undernourished Mississippi child, to Idaho’s Glen Taylor, a singing cowboy who stood up to segregationists.

These eight portraits in political courage tell of the triumphs and failures of politicians to fight against entrenched special interests and advance the cause of economic or racial fairness. Brown dramatizes the hard work and high ideals required to renew the social contract and create a new era in which Americans of all backgrounds can know the “Dignity of Work.”

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MO ROCCA: SPECIAL EVENT
Nov
23
7:00 PM19:00

MO ROCCA: SPECIAL EVENT

CBS Sunday Morning correspondent and writer Mo Rocca presents a charmingly irreverent and rigorously researched book that celebrates the dead people who made life worth living.

Mo Rocca has always loved obituaries—reading about the remarkable lives of world leaders, innovators, and artists. But not every notable person has gotten the send-off she or he deserves. In Mobituaries, Rocca profiles the 20th century’s greatest entertainer, sitcom characters gone all too soon, a shamefully forgotten Founding Father, and more. Even if you know the names, you’ve never understood why they matter . . . until now.

There’s Thomas Paine, whose Common Sense lit the fuse for the American Revolution, and whose paltry obit summed up his life thusly: “He had lived long, did some good, and much harm.” And then there’s screen icon Audrey Hepburn. She remains a household name, but how much do we know about her wartime upbringing and how it shaped the woman we fell in love with?

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