Welsh-Huggins Recap

July 16, 2014

Last Wednesday, July 9, we had a great time hosting local Associated Press reporter, Andrew Welsh-Huggins. His debut novel, Fourth Down and Out: An Andy Hayes Mystery is an engaging thriller set in Columbus, Ohio. Due to the story’s locality,  Welsh-Huggins expressed the pressure he felt to make sure that he was providing the type of detail that gave unfamiliar readers a clear picture of the streets and shops, and allow locals to recall images of their favorite parts of the city. We can’t wait to see what other mysteries Andy Hayes solves!

On Wednesday, July 23, Claire McMillan will be coming to Thurber House to discuss her debut novel, Gilded Age. The lawn will be open to guests at 5:30 p.m. with the reading beginning at 7:00 p.m. If you would like to order one of our delicious boxed picnics, please remember to place your order by 4 p.m. on Monday, July 21.

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Don’t forget about the Picnic!

July 8, 2014

Tomorrow, Wednesday, July 9, we will be hosting local author, Andrew Welsh-Higgins as he discusses his debut novel, Fourth Down and Out: An Andy Hayes Mystery. Title character Andy Hayes, OSU football star turned P.I., works through a mystery that leads him down a dangerous, and potentially deadly path as he tries to keep his client’s reputation clean.

Join us anytime after 5:30 p.m. on the lawn of Thurber House, and the reading will begin at 7:00 p.m. Please remember to bring your own chairs, and while it’s too late to order a dinner through us, feel free to bring your own picnic (and alcohol, if you wish).

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Summer at Thurber House

June 27, 2014

Here’s what’s been happening at our Summer Literary Picnics!

Local author and Thurber volunteer, Scott McKenzie, kicked off our 2014 Summer Literary Picnics on Wednesday, June 11. McKenzie had the great opportunity to put the life of 1950’s icon Bozo the Clown into words. His book, The Man Behind the Nose: Larry Bozo Harmon recounts story upon story of the famous entertainer, painting a clear picture of how be became so loved. Although the event was rained-in, McKenzie captivated the audience with anecdotes of his long talks with Harmon and how the book came to fruition.

Our second Literary Picnic of the 2014 season featured David Giffels, who was back for his second event with Thurber House. In 2009 he was part of the New Voices picnic for his first book, All the Way Home: Building a Family in a Falling-Down House. Proud Akron native, Giffels’ newest book, The Hard Way on Purpose, is a collection of essays about growing up (and staying) in the Rust Belt. His love for his hometown shined through the finicky weather and his hilarious tales made the audience feel as if they were seeing Akron through his eyes. Walking through the streets to the bowling ally that looked like it was from the 1970’s, not because someone made it look that way, but because it hadn’t been updated for 40 years.

If you haven’t made it to a Summer Literary Picnic yet, we still have three wonderful authors still to come. Andrew Welsh-Huggins will be joining us on the lawn of Thurber House on Wednesday, July 9. His debut mystery novel, Fourth Down and Out: An Andy Hayes Mystery is set in our very own city and tells the story of a football star turned P.I. who puts himself in danger when his case takes a turn for the deadly.

For more information or to order tickets, please visit our website.


Steve Berry Recap

June 3, 2014

On Friday, May 30th, Steve Berry, along with his wife Elizabeth, made their second visit to Thurber House for a two-day special event. Friday began with a reception and reading to celebrate the publication of Steve’s ninth Cotton Malone thriller, The Lincoln Myth.  Berry’s novel wasn’t the only reason for their return visit to Columbus. Steve and Elizabeth are avid supporters of historic preservation. After their first visit to Thurber House last year, they fell in love and knew they would come back to help the organization. It was in the spirit of history that the evening began with a presentation by special guest, Doreen Uhas-Sauer, former president of the Columbus Landmarks Foundation, teacher, local tour guide, and author of many books on the history of Columbus and its many unique neighborhoods. She discussed the importance of preserving places like Thurber House because they serve as places of many memories to those who seek them out. Berry followed with a discussion about The Lincoln Myth and his writing process.

Day two of this special weekend continued on Saturday with Steve and Elizabeth leading their nationally renowned Master Class on the Craft of Writing. The class crammed years and years of invaluable writing and publishing experience into just a few hours. Steve gave advice on the craft of writing and Elizabeth (Steve’s literary agent and Director of the International Thriller Writers annual Thrillerfest) talked about getting published and navigating the process most effectively. Students left with plenty of ideas and tools to get their writing going!

Through their foundation, History Matters, the Berrys have developed an innovative way to raise money for historic sites around the country. Because of their generosity and belief in our mission, all proceeds from this two-day event go directly to support Thurber House.


Intern’s Blog

May 27, 2014

My name is Kirby Boes and I am just finishing my junior year at Columbus School for Girls. I have attended CSG since 1st grade, so it is still unreal to me that next year will be my last. Throughout my almost 12 years at CSG, writing and literature classes have always been my favorite; so, when I had the opportunity to intern at Thurber House for my Junior May Experience, I was immediately interested.

Junior May Experience is part of our high school’s “May Program”, which is a yearly program that takes place the last two weeks of May, after we finish our final exams. May Program for the underclassmen consists of a variety of opportunities including cultural cooking classes, drivers ed., historical film classes, service trips, and even ultimate frisbee! Senior May Program, for the seniors, is a month long internship organized individually and can be anywhere in the city, state, country, or world! Junior May Experience (JME) is the happy medium, as well as the transition, from the underclassmen’s May Program to Senior May Program.

So, how did I end up at Thurber House this week? During the school year, we turned in a list of our likes and interests, and later received a list of possible places to intern for one or two weeks – all organized by one of our teachers. We labeled our top three choices for our JME and soon received where we would be interning. Last week, my first week of JME, I interned at Flying Horse Farms, an amazing camp for children with severe illnesses, and now, the second week of JME, I am here interning at the one and only Thurber House!

Today is my first day here at Thurber House, and to be completely honest, I was a little creeped out, but also intrigued, after recently discovering that this place is haunted. When I arrived this morning, I went on a self-guided tour of Thurber House and read two of James Thurber’s short stories, The Dog that Bit People and University Days, both of which were comical and enjoyable easy-reads. The next few days I will be assisting in preparations for the Thurber House summer writing camp, which I actually attended when I was in elementary school! I am also very excited to help Katie and Meg teach a super heroes and villains writing activity at Horizon Middle School later this week. I am not entirely sure what to expect, but it sounds super exciting! (See what I did there? Super heroes, super exciting…)

I am very happy to be here at Thurber House. I really hope I don’t run into any ghosts, but most of all I cannot wait to see what the next four days have in store!


Lynn Cullen Recap

May 8, 2014

Thank you to everyone who came out for our final event in our 2014 Winter/Spring Evenings with Authors series! We had a great time with Lynn Cullen and can’t wait to see what she writes next. Check out our pictures from the event!


Don’t forget about our special event with international bestselling author, Steve Berry on Friday, May 30. Also known for being a historic preservation enthusiast, Berry writes thrillers with a historical twist and is best known for his Cotton Malone series. His newest novel in the series, The Lincoln Myth, comes to shelves on May 9. The following day, Berry will be teaching a Master Class on all aspects of fiction writing, including a session taught by his wife and literary manager on the business of writing. Visit our website and safe yourself a spot to take part in this unique opportunity!


2014 Summer Literary Picnic Season

May 6, 2014

Thurber House is pleased to offer the 29th summer of outdoor literary picnics and readings with authors who have an Ohio connection. Grab your lawn chairs and picnic blankets, and join us on the Thurber House lawn for five evenings of good friends, good food, and great books.

Here’s the lineup:

Scott McKenzie
Wednesday, June 11
The Man Behind the Nose: Larry Bozo Harmon
McKenzie brings to life the 1950’s American icon and helps tell the story of the world’s most beloved clown, Bozo.

David Giffels
Wednesday, June 25
Essays and Dispatches from the Rust Belt
Making his second appearance at Thurber House, long time columnist for the Akron Beacon Journal and author of The Hard Way on Purpose has compiled a book of heart felt essays about the place he loves: Akron, Ohio.

Andrew Welsh-Huggins
Wednesday, July 9
Fourth Down and Out: An Andy Hayes Mystery
Set in Columbus, OH, Welsch-Huggins tells the story of Andy Hayes, OSU football star turned P.I. and his quest to find a murderer.

Claire McMillan
Wednesday, July 23

Gilded Age
As McMillan’s debut novel, Gilded Age is noted as a modernized take on Edith Wharton’s, The House of Mirth. Set in Cleveland, the novel follows main character Eleanor Hart on her journey of self discovery while everyone around her seems to have negative intentions. 

Tony Mendoza
Wednesday, August 6
A Cuban Summer
A Cuban Summer is a coming of age story about a young boy, his love of girls, and growing up in Cuba in the 1950’s. Mendoza was a professor of art at OSU for twenty-five years and has received numerous awards for his photography.

Starting at 5:30 p.m. – Our young docents offer guided tours of the house.
5:30 p.m. – 6:50 p.m. – During this time frame, boxed dinners from Party Panache will be handed out to those who purchased dinner tickets. If you would like to order dinner from us, please make your reservation by 4:00 p.m. on the Monday before the picnic. You are also free to bring your own dinner. You are also welcome to bring alcoholic beverages.
7:00 p.m. – The program begins. Thurber House remains open after the reading for touring, book buying, and signing.

For more information about these events or to order tickets, visit our website.
Thurber House proudly supports the Mid Ohio Food Bank. Please consider bringing any canned or boxed goods you can spare when you attend any of our picnics this summer.


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