EXHIBIT: A MILE AND A HALF OF LINES: THE ART OF JAMES THURBER
Aug
24
to Mar 15

EXHIBIT: A MILE AND A HALF OF LINES: THE ART OF JAMES THURBER

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Michael J. Rosen, founding Thurber House literary director and Columbus Museum of Art guest curator, curates this exhibition of James Thurber’s work—Thurber’s first solo show at the Columbus Museum of Art since 1936.

A Mile and a Half of Lines: The Art of James Thurber showcases the drawings of Columbus’s native son and one of America’s best-known twentieth century writers. Thurber’s depictions changed the nature of cartooning. His process of drawing his illustrations spontaneously with child-like abandon was an innovation to his field.

The exhibition includes Thurber’s work for The New Yorker, his illustrations for his own and others’ books, ad campaigns, and children’s illustrations. Sections of the exhibition include topical drawings depicting: Signs of the Times (Prohibition, the Great Depression, and the Lost Generation); The Bestiary in Me (the animal kingdom); and Columbustown (including OSU football).

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DOCUMENTARY: JAMES THURBER: THE LIFE AND HARD TIMES (NYC)
Sep
3
5:30 PM17:30

DOCUMENTARY: JAMES THURBER: THE LIFE AND HARD TIMES (NYC)

Join Grand Central Library in New York City for James Thurber: The Life and Hard Times, the first major documentary on the life and work of one of America's greatest humorists. Known for his classic story, “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” Thurber was a legendary contributor of both prose and cartoons to The New Yorker magazine where he worked for many years. Narrated by George Plimpton, this documentary includes interviews with Edward Albee, John Updike, Alistair Cooke, Fran Lebowitz, Roy Blount Jr. & others.

This is a perfect companion program to Michael J. Rosen’s “James Thurber: Fabulist for Our Time” presentation at three New York Public Library branches in September.

This event will be held at the Grand Central Library in New York City: 135 East 46th Street, New York, NY 10017.

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JAMES THURBER: FABULIST FOR OUR TIME (NYC)
Sep
9
to Sep 11

JAMES THURBER: FABULIST FOR OUR TIME (NYC)

Grand Central Library in New York City is commemorating the quasquicentennial of James Thurber’s birth. One of America’s most celebrated authors and humorists, Thurber was best known for his cartoons and short stories, many published in The New Yorker. Join writer and editor Michael J. Rosen, founding literary director of Thurber House, to discuss a new edition of Collected Fables, containing many of Thurber’s timely and timeless stories as well as previously unpublished material. This event is a must-attend for history buffs and literature lovers!

Michael J. Rosen is presenting “James Thurber: Fabulist for Our Time” at three New York Public Library branches: Monday, September 9 – Grand Central Library; Tuesday, September 10 – Mulberry Street Branch; Wednesday, September 11 – St. Agnes Branch.

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THE ALDUS SOCIETY PRESENTS: A MILE AND A HALF OF LINES
Sep
12
7:30 PM19:30

THE ALDUS SOCIETY PRESENTS: A MILE AND A HALF OF LINES

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Founding Thurber House literary director and Thurber scholar Michael J. Rosen will discuss his new book, A Mile and a Half of Lines: The Art of James Thurber. Michael’s book is the first to truly consider James Thurber’s opus from a historical art or sociological point of view. It is a rallying cry: a host of preeminent cartoonists and writers reacquainting us with the significance and importance of Thurber’s drawings, which changed the nature of the cartoon in America and paved the way for an entirely different approach to visual art.

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.

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2019 THURBER PRIZE FOR AMERICAN HUMOR
Oct
23
6:00 PM18:00

2019 THURBER PRIZE FOR AMERICAN HUMOR

The Thurber Prize for American Humor is one of the highest recognitions of the art of humor writing in the United States. It is presented annually to one author of exceptional humor writing. A panel of national judges selects three finalists from eight or nine semi-finalists. The winner receives $5,000 and a commemorative plaque.

We invite you to join us for the 2019 Thurber Prize for American Humor. This hilarious red carpet event is held in James Thurber’s hometown of Columbus, Ohio. The three Thurber Prize finalists will all read from their nominated books, and at the close of the event, the winner will be announced and presented with the 2019 Thurber Prize for American Humor. This is the event of the year—don’t miss it!

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EXHIBIT: THURBER'S THE LAST FLOWER
Nov
1
to Jan 3

EXHIBIT: THURBER'S THE LAST FLOWER

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With the support of Friends of the Library, the Carnegie Gallery creates unique cultural experiences for Columbus Metropolitan Library visitors by presenting quality art exhibits. The Carnegie Gallery is located on the second floor of the Main Library at 96 South Grant Avenue, Columbus, OH 43215. Exhibits are free.

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MICHAEL J. ROSEN BOOK LAUNCH: A MILE AND A HALF OF LINES
Jul
12
7:00 PM19:00

MICHAEL J. ROSEN BOOK LAUNCH: A MILE AND A HALF OF LINES

Celebrated writer, illustrator, editor, and James Thurber expert Michael J. Rosen will celebrate and launch A Mile and a Half of Lines: The Art of James Thurber at Gramercy Books on Friday, July 12, the day of the book’s release. This book is a long overdue reintroduction to James Thurber and the artwork that fundamentally changed American cartoons. The collection includes some 260 drawings with commentary from a host of preeminent cartoonists and writers.

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MICHAEL J. ROSEN AND SPECIAL GUEST READERS: SUMMER LITERARY PICNICS
Jun
12
5:30 PM17:30

MICHAEL J. ROSEN AND SPECIAL GUEST READERS: SUMMER LITERARY PICNICS

Michael J. Rosen 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.

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BROADCAST: MAKE 'EM LAUGH – A CELEBRATION OF JAMES THURBER
Jun
6
12:00 AM00:00

BROADCAST: MAKE 'EM LAUGH – A CELEBRATION OF JAMES THURBER

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On January 23, 2019, Keith Olbermann hosted an evening of stories and art from the vast collection of James Thurber, with special guest Roz Chast and readers Michael McKean, Kristine Nielsen, and Susannah Rogers. On June 6, 2019, several of these readings will be broadcast on Selected Shorts, produced by Symphony Space.

Selected Shorts began in 1985 and enjoys sold-out performances to this day. It was conceived with a simple premise: take great stories by well-known and emerging writers and have them performed by terrific actors of stage and screen.

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CURATOR-LED EXHIBIT TOUR: THURBER'S COLUMBUS
May
30
10:00 AM10:00

CURATOR-LED EXHIBIT TOUR: THURBER'S COLUMBUS

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Curators Jolie Braun and Eric Johnson will lead a tour of OSU Thompson Library’s exhibit, Thurber’s Columbus.

How does our home shape who we are? James Thurber (1894–1961), one of the most popular writers and cartoonists of the mid-twentieth century, grew up in Columbus, Ohio. As an adult Thurber moved away from the city, yet his hometown left an indelible mark on his imagination and was a source of inspiration throughout his career. This exhibit explores Thurber’s early life, works inspired by his experiences here, and his legacy in Columbus and beyond.

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MICHAEL J. ROSEN LECTURE AND EXHIBIT TOUR: THURBER'S COLUMBUS
May
22
6:00 PM18:00

MICHAEL J. ROSEN LECTURE AND EXHIBIT TOUR: THURBER'S COLUMBUS

Michael J. Rosen is the author of two new books of James Thurber’s drawings and fables. To celebrate the opening of the Thurber’s Columbus exhibit at Thompson Library in May, Rosen will discuss Thurber’s relationship with Columbus, his hometown and lifelong literary inspiration, from his childhood and time at OSU to his legacy today.

Michael J. Rosen’s talk will be followed by a curator-led tour of the exhibit at 7:00 pm.

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EXHIBIT: THURBER'S COLUMBUS
May
18
to Aug 18

EXHIBIT: THURBER'S COLUMBUS

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How does our home shape who we are? James Thurber (1894–1961), one of the most popular writers and cartoonists of the mid-twentieth century, grew up in Columbus, Ohio. As an adult Thurber moved away from the city, yet his hometown left an indelible mark on his imagination and was a source of inspiration throughout his career. This exhibit explores Thurber’s early life, works inspired by his experiences here, and his legacy in Columbus and beyond.

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THE ALDUS SOCIETY PRESENTS "COLLECTING THURBER"
Apr
11
7:30 PM19:30

THE ALDUS SOCIETY PRESENTS "COLLECTING THURBER"

Aldus Society member Jay Hoster will share items from his collection that show how Columbus shaped Thurber—and how Thurber shaped Columbus. Among the items will be Thurber's earliest published piece of humor, from an East High School magazine; a mysterious 1910 publication titled "Cupid in Hell" in which Thurber's father is pictured; and scenes of the 1913 flood, which inspired Thurber's story "The Day the Dam Broke.”

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MICHAEL J. ROSEN DISCUSSING JAMES THURBER
Feb
13
7:00 PM19:00

MICHAEL J. ROSEN DISCUSSING JAMES THURBER

Join former Thurber House director and author Michael J Rosen in celebration of the city-wide “Year of Thurber.” Rosen will discuss his own writing about Thurber as well as what makes Thurber a household name. Rosen is an accomplished writer, illustrator, and editor whose 150+ books range from children’s picture books to adult poetry to novels. Rosen’s talk is part of the “Year of Thurber,” celebrating James Thurber’s 125th birthday and the 35th anniversary of Thurber House.

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THE FLOOD: EVENINGS WITH AUTHORS
Jan
30
7:30 PM19:30

THE FLOOD: EVENINGS WITH AUTHORS

Thurber House is excited to help Opera Columbus and ProMusica Chamber Orchestra celebrate the WORLD PREMIERE of their brand new co-commissioned opera, The Flood, a harrowing story of human connection told through loss and shared tragedy, centered around the devastation of Columbus’ Franklinton neighborhood in the Great Flood of 1913.

To kick things off, Thurber House welcomes Conrade C. Hinds, author of Columbus and the Great Flood of 1913. Hinds will talk about the impact the flood had on Columbus and far beyond. We will also read James Thurber’s hilarious take on the flood in his story, “The Day the Dam Broke,” and we will share excerpts from The Flood before it opens on February 8.

This is a Thurber@125: Year of Thurber event, celebrating James Thurber’s 125th birthday and the 35th anniversary of Thurber House.

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SELECTED SHORTS: JAMES THURBER'S WORLD WITH SPECIAL GUEST ROZ CHAST
Jan
23
7:30 PM19:30

SELECTED SHORTS: JAMES THURBER'S WORLD WITH SPECIAL GUEST ROZ CHAST

2019 has been declared "The Year of Thurber" in honor of the great humorist's 125th birthday. Keith Olbermann hosts an evening of stories and art from the vast collection of the masterful storyteller, with special guest Roz Chast. Readings by Michael McKean, Kristine Nielsen, and Susannah Rogers.

Selected Shorts is produced by Symphony Space and broadcast on more than 150 stations around the country. Selected Shorts was conceived with a simple premise: take great stories by well-known and emerging writers and have them performed by terrific actors of stage and screen. Featuring stories around a lively theme, the favorite works of a guest author, or a special collaboration, each Selected Shorts event is a unique night of literature in performance.

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JOHN KENNEY: EVENINGS WITH AUTHORS
Jan
16
7:30 PM19:30

JOHN KENNEY: EVENINGS WITH AUTHORS

Thurber House is pleased to welcome 2014 Thurber Prize for American Humor winner John Kenney back to kick off the season. He will discuss his latest books, Talk to Me and Love Poems for Married People. Talk to Me is a sharply observed, darkly funny, and ultimately warm story about a man who wakes up too late to the mess he’s made of his life, and about the human capacity for forgiveness and empathy. Love Poems for Married People is based on Kenney’s hugely popular New Yorker piece that became one of the most shared of all time.

This is a Thurber@125: Year of Thurber event, celebrating James Thurber’s 125th birthday and the 35th anniversary of Thurber House.

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2018 THURBER PRIZE FOR AMERICAN HUMOR
Dec
5
6:00 PM18:00

2018 THURBER PRIZE FOR AMERICAN HUMOR

The Thurber Prize for American Humor, one of the highest recognitions of the art of humor writing in the United States, is presented annually to one author of exceptional humor writing. After years of being presented in New York City, this hilarious red carpet event returns to James Thurber’s hometown of Columbus, Ohio to kick off the Year of Thurber. The three Thurber Prize finalists will all read from their nominated books, and at the close of the event, the winner will be announced and presented with the Thurber Prize for American Humor. This is the event of the year—don’t miss it!

The 2018 Thurber Prize for American Humor finalists are Jenny Allen (Would Everybody Please Stop?) John Hodgman (Vacationland), and Patricia Lockwood (Priestdaddy).

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