2014 Thurber Birthday Gala

December 10, 2014

Each year we gather with a few hundred of our closest friends to celebrateSONY DSC James Thurber’s 120th Birthday. Thurber House friends and supporters gathered at The Westin Columbus around for drinks and appetizers, followed by dinner, and of course, birthday cake. Our wonderful host, Wayne Lawson, made sure that the “laughter” portion of our mission was a big part of the evening with his charm and wit. As the role of the host is often to make sure that everyone knows each other, he asked our new Executive Director, Jennifer Gregg, a series of questions to give the crowd an idea of who she is and what she likes (yes, cheesy chips came up… more than once). She also had a surprise for the audience in the form of Golden Tickets that a handful of lucky guests found under their chairs, each of which held a gift certificate to the upcoming series of our 2015 Evenings with Authors.Dan Zevin1

The evening moved forward with our featured guest, Dan Zevin, the winner of the 2013 Thurber Prize for American Humor. Zevin’s book, Dan Gets A Minivan, Life at the Intersection of Dude and Dad, is the hilarious account of how he discovered and coped with the changes in life that come with being a father. His stories were accompanied by hilarious home movies, and passages from his book.SONY DSC

Last but not least, a party is not a party without gifts! Thanks to the generous contributions from organizations and businesses around the city, many guests took home prizes that ranged from wine, to hand made ceramics, to a great adventure at the Columbus Zoo.

Special thanks also to our corporate sponsors (listed below), The Westin Columbus,
The Ohio Arts Council, GCAC, and The Columbus Foundation!

Crane Group
Friends of The Ohio State University Libraries
Huntington National Bank
Kegler Brown Hill + Ritter
The Office of Student Life at The Ohio State University
Park National Bank
Phi Kappa Psi, In Honor of Norm Spain
PNC Bank
State Auto Insurance
Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease
The Westin


Janet Evanovich and Garth Stein Wrap Up!

December 2, 2014

A huge thank you to all of the literary enthusiasts in Columbus (and around the country!) who have supported us at one of our many events this year. We were proud to end the fall on a high note with two wonderful, award-winning authors.

Janet Evanovich- Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Guests from far and wide poured into COSI to see New York Times bestselling author, Janet Evanovich. Joining us on the day that her latest book was released, 700 fans gathered to hear endless anecdotes about her personal life, career, and how sheM7N3mkCPer_4sWPZpFbOhq0Rf_cEkdQ1yqezyVWJJnk,U-wydHAwwzZtnkYAo5PAf7RmmxA1tZ-tFZoDOmXGq4M,_EQwqLep0BIHRFsSm7MDlKm3ERN3hlBNoZovIucPxps,tOEYmZyPyiH6LLUvj67Yvi668Bx6RGz0bVZjUp6G8uE found her love of writing. While jokes were in abundance, and the topic of “who is the hottest” of her characters came up multiple times, Evanovich also shared moments in her life that have been special to forming who she is as a person. Although having to transition from a frustrated art student, to writing cheesy romance novels, to creating the now famous Stephanie Plum, living the life of an author has been a challenging and wonderful dream. Written with Lee Goldberg, her newest novel, The Job, was gripped by many of the hundreds of fans who waited in the signing line to meet Evanovich. The novel is the fourth in a series that the duo have written together about Special Agent Kate O’Hare and charming con man, Nicolas Fox. In The Job, these two dynamic characters work together to bring down one of the largest global drug smuggling empires.   

Garth Stein, Monday, November 24, 2014
Last Monday, Garth Stein was the final author in our 2014 Fall Evenings With Authors series. Made famous by his book (and soon to be film) The Art of Racing in the Rain, Steins fans filled the auditorium to hear about his newest novel, A Sudden Light. Unknown to mo1385262_10152566306834952_4226890379517131202_nst of his readers, Stein had an interesting connection to James Thurber from his childhood. As many Thurber fans know, the family often had an abundance of dogs in their house, one of which is the infamous Airedale Terrier, Muggs. Stein’s father was a Thurber fan and dog lover, so upon the adoption of their own Airedale Terrier, it was only fitting to name the puppy Muggs. A collective “awe” rose from the audience when Stein revealed that his stoic father shed a few tears upon seeing that A Sudden light is dedicated to their late dog Muggs. The signing line was also abundant with fans and book clubs anxious to meet Stein and share their accolades for his work.

Keep your eye out for our 2015 Winter/Spring Evenings with Authors line up!


Garth Stein Preview

November 17, 2014

SuddenLight-198x300Join us on Monday, November 24 for our last 2014 Fall Evenings with Authors event. Coming all the way from Seattle, Garth Stein will be at the Columbus Museum of Art to discuss his newest novel, A Sudden Light. The novel centers in on a young boy, who in attempt to save his parents marriage, opens doors that let out years of buried secrets. During the separation, the family’s estate becomes a potential hot spot for making money, but something supernatural within the house has a different plan. Throughout his career Garth Stein has created a documentary, written multiple plays, and written six novels, including the international bestseller, The Art of Racing in the Rain. Stein’s love of writing stretches beyond his career, as he is also the co-founder of Seattle7Writers, a non-profit organization dedicated to energizing readers and writers, along with providing funding, programming, and free books to those in need.

We hope to see you at the event! Click here more information or to purchase a ticket.

If you would like a more personal experience with the author, consider attending The Authors Table and having dinner with Garth Stein. Please contact Anne Touvell at 614-464-1032 x 10 by Thursday, November 20 to reserve your meal ticket.

As a gesture of respect to our authors and guests, the event will begin promptly at 7:30 p.m. with no admission allowed past 7:45 p.m. We thank you for your understanding on this matter.


Nicholson Baker Preview

October 17, 2014

Join us Tuesday, October 21 at the Columbus Museum of Art for an evening with New York Times bestselling N Baker webauthor, Nicholson Baker. Baker’s character, Paul Chowder, has won over readers with his eccentric and witty poetry over the course three books, all of which are being published for the first time in an original omnibus. A lover of books and knowledge, Baker is also the writer of the award-winning book, Double Fold: Libraries and the Assault on Paper. In conjunction with that publication, he also created a non profit organization in 1999 that works to rescue old print material from destruction by libraries. As lovers of books and knowledge ourselves, we are excited to welcome Nicholson Baker to Columbus and celebrate the joining of Paul Chowders adventures for the first time.

Click here for more information about this event, or to purchase a ticket.

If you’re interested in a more personal experience with Nicholson Baker, consider attending out Author’s Table Dinner! This opportunity allows you to sit down for a catered dinner with the author, receive reserved seating at the event, and get your book signed ahead of time. For more information about the Author’s Table Dinner, please call Anne Touvell at Thurber House, 614-464-1032 ext. 10.

As a gesture of respect to our authors and guests, the event will begin promptly at 7:30 p.m. with no admission allowed past 7:45 p.m. We thank you for your understanding on this matter.


Simon Winchester!

October 10, 2014

Thank you to everyone who came out on October 7 to see Simon Winchester talk about his book The Men Who United the States: America’s Explorers, Inventors, Eccentrics, and Mavericks, and the Creation of One Nation, Indivisible. Winchester, a new citizen of the United States, was thoroughly charming as he talked about what he has learned about our country’s infrastructure and what makes the U.S. a united country.

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Reichs Recap

October 2, 2014

Photo by Sarah Lamme

Thank you to everyone who came to see Kathy Reichs earlier this week! Dr. Reichs thrilled the audience with stories of her anthropological journeys and how they have tied into her bestselling series and hit television show, Bones. Paired with a slideshow, her discussion gave the audience an inside look at all of the aspects of her life that have merged together, creating a melting pot of fascinating careers. While Reichs isn’t the typical novelist (not only was she a scientist first, but she’s never received a rejection letter), she has been prolific in both the adult and children writing worlds. In an effort to provide enthralling mystery stories for younger readers, she and her son created a series where a few kids mistakenly gain super senses that lead them to solving cold cases. With a full audience, Reichs’ stories and wit made for a great evening!

Don’t miss out on our next event with Simon Winchester on Tuesday, October 7. As a known world traveler, Winchester will be presenting his first book about America. In The Men Who United The States: America’s Explorers, Inventors, Eccentrics, and Mavericks, and the Creation of One Nation, Indivisible, he uses popular history to tell a unique story of how America came to be America. Click here for more information or to purchase a ticket. Special thanks to the Friends of The Ohio State University Libraries and their generous sponsorship of this event!


Kathy Reichs Preview

September 22, 2014

We hope to see you next Monday, September 26 at the Columbus Museum of Art for an Evening with Kathy ReichsKathy Reichs web! Beginning at 7:30 p.m., Reichs will be discussing her bestselling crime series that acts as the inspiration for the hit T.V. show, Bones. Dr. Temperance Brennan (also known as Bones) is the heroine for this 17 novel series that works to solve seemingly unsolvable cases. In her newest novel, Reichs takes Dr. Temperance on a trip to Charlotte, North Carolina to find the connection between two murders on opposite sides of the country.

While general admission tickets for this event are sold out, we do have limited availability in an overflow seating area at a discounted rate. Please call 614-464-1032 x.11 for more information and ticket availability.

As a gesture of respect to our authors and guests, the event will begin promptly at 7:30 p.m. with no admission allowed past 7:45 p.m. We thank you for your understanding on this matter.


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