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  • The King Arts Complex 867 Mount Vernon Avenue Columbus, OH, 43203 United States (map)

About the 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, the book companion to the CBS podcast of the same name, Rocca is righting that wrong by profiling the people who have long fascinated him—from the 20th century’s greatest entertainer, to sitcom characters gone all too soon, to a shamefully forgotten Founding Father. Even if you know the names, you’ve never understood why they matter . . . until now.

Rocca chronicles the stories of the people who made a difference, but whose lives—for some reason or another—were never truly examined. 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?

Mo Rocca is a journalist, humorist, and history buff. He currently serves as a correspondent for CBS Sunday Morning and the host of The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation.

This event will conclude with a book signing and the opportunity to meet Mo Rocca.

Reading Only: $26.25
Reading and Book Combination: $45.80

*Reading and Book Combination tickets include admission to the event and one copy of Mobituaries: Great Lives Worth Reliving (books will be available for pick up at the event).

Seating is open seating—first come, first serve. All tickets are non-refundable.

Parking is available in the large lot behind the King Arts Complex/Mayme Moore Park. An additional parking lot is located north of Mt. Vernon Avenue/west of North Garfield Avenue (across the street from the main entrance).

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.

Earlier Event: November 17