Ohio authors Marilyn Greenwald and Julie Rubini will host a night of mystery as Thurber House presents the lure, legend, and love of the popular Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew mysteries.
Greenwald, an Ohio University journalism professor and biographer, authored The Secret of the Hardy Boys: Leslie McFarlane and the Stratemeyer Syndicate, which recounts how McFarlane, a newspaper reporter, brought to life two of the most famous characters in children’s literature - Joe and Frank Hardy. McFarlane never shared in the series’ wild financial success and for years kept his identity as the books’ author a secret.
An author from Maumee, Rubini penned Missing Millie Benson: The Secret Case of the Nancy Drew Ghostwriter and Journalist. Rubini explores the life of Benson, the Toledo Times and Blade reporter who wrote the Nancy Drew mysteries under the name of Carolyn Keene. Young and independent like her protagonist, Benson wrote 23 of the first 31 Nancy Drew mysteries.