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Susan Elizabeth Phillips to kick of 2014 Fall Evenings with Authors

August 18, 2014

imgresWe are looking forward to kicking off our 2014 Fall Evenings with Authors series on Wednesday, August 27! Beginning at 7:30 p.m., Susan Elizabeth Phillips will be at the Columbus Museum of to discuss her newest novel, Heroes are My Weakness. Susan’s love for her readers and passion to write a good story lead to her novels repeatedly appearing on the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and USA Today bestseller lists. Heroes are My Weakness takes readers to a secluded island in winter off the coast of Maine, where we see a struggling actress begin to reconsider her feelings of fear towards the story’s villain (or hero, you’ll have to wait and see). With the release of this anticipated novel just a day before our event, you won’t want to miss seeing the author who Bookpage magazine refers to as “the crown jewel of romantic comedy.”

For more information or to order tickets, click here!

If you’re interested in a more personal experience with Susan Elizabeth Phillips, 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.

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Mendoza Wrap Up

August 14, 2014

Author and artist Tony Mendoza wrapped up our 2014 Summer Literary Picnic season lastDSCN4775 Wednesday, August 6. Having grown up in Cuba, Mendoza shared the fictionalized (although mostly true) stories from his youth that comprise his novel, A Cuban Summer. The audience filled with laughter as he told tales of he and his best friend running through the streets of Cuba as teenage boys, experiencing brothels and living a high-end live provided by their parents. Mendoza discussed life in Cuba today versus when he was growing up in the 1950’s, as well as his experiences going back and learning how the people of today manage their daily lives. What a great way to wrap up a wonderful season of Ohio authors! Thank you to everyone who attended one of our 2014 Summer Literary Picnics, we hope to see you soon! 

imgresIf you didn’t make it to a picnic (or even if you did) make sure you visit us in the fall at one of our Evenings with Authors events! We kick off the fall 2014 season at the Columbus Museum of Art on Wednesday August 27 with Susan Elizabeth Phillips. Beginning promptly at 7:30 p.m., Phillips will join us to discuss her twenty-second novel, Heroes Are My Weakness. Also stay tuned for our Fall Adult Writing Workshops class line-up. For more information about these events or to order tickets, click here!

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Eight Creative Weeks

August 12, 2014

Our eight weeks of Thurber Summer Writing Camp have come to a close. After eight weeks of brainstorming wondrous ideas of unicorns, labyrinths, and alien invasions, we are extremely proud of our more than 300 young writers this summer and the stories they created. We asked some of our interns to reflect upon their time with at Thurber Camp and treat us with a few fun anecdotes.

Here is what Intern Samantha had to say: 

Hello, my name is Samantha Silber and I am a Professional Writing and Creative Writing double major at Miami University. Though I’ve always been an avid reader, I didn’t consider myself much of a writer until late in middle school. This may be why interning during the second and third grade Thurber House Summer Writing Camps was so inspiring to me.

IMG_3645            Though I frequently work with children, I have never seen any so enthusiastic and excited to write as literally every child at the Thurber House was. Of course there were children who insisted that writing, or poetry, or fairy tales were not for them, but by the end of the day, you would never have known it, as the children eagerly worked on and shared their handiwork.

            I believe this is because the camp made writing exciting and hilarious. We were able to give these energetic and wildly imaginative kids the ability to express themselves through writing what they wanted to write. Though we gave the children prompts and ideas ultimately the children were given a lot of freedom to explore their own imaginations. I heard stories about gargoyles coming to life, villains making socks stinky, lizards slurping on frappuccinos, and Little Red Zombiehood.IMG_3769 I was impressed by how respectful my fellow staff members were of even the most outlandish ideas. So were the kids, who were incredibly open to sharing their vivid characters and wacky settings in our Fairy Tale and Plot workshops.

            One of the most surprising and fun parts of the Thurber House Camp was that it wasn’t just about writing, but also about science, art, theater, and so on. Like Thurber before them the kids were encouraged to tell stories through drawing. A professional storyteller came in and taught the children the value and uniqueness of oral storytelling. This is especially critical for young writers such as these kids because their pencils can’t quite keep up with their minds yet. Afterwards, I heard many more stories than I had before. Though I had originally though that the costumed counselors who read the students town crier notes and requests at the end of the day were just for laughs, I realized that they too were teaching the children about storytelling through theater and character creation.

I had lots of favorite camp moments but here are two of them:

  • On my first day the children were on a tour of the Thurber House looking at the photographs and signatures of the house’s visiting writers. As one of the docents told them visitors weren’t allowed to sign the wall, one of the kids explained that it was because they weren’t “real writers.” A dejected sort of silence fell and their counselor stepped in, explaining that they were all real writers and that the wall was just for published writers. She told them that someday they might get to sign their names on that wall too. This moment was small, but to me it represents one of the best things that the camp had to teach which was that all of the children are authors and that their writing matters.IMG_3875
  • I’m also really partial to the jungle word wall that I helped to assemble. This word wall was a mural of plants and animals composed of scraps of paper upon which the children described and wrote about them. The word wall included gems such as: What’s a lizard’s favorite kind of weather? A blizzard! And drawings of tigers driving Fer-rawr- The wall was a brilliant representation of the children and staff’s hard work, sense of humor (we never could get the tiger’s head and body quite proportional…) and outstanding creativity.
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Last Literary Picnic of the summer!

August 5, 2014

This Wednesday, August 6, local author and renowned photographer, Tony Mendoza will join us as the last Literary Picnic of the 2014 season. He will talk about his new coming-of-age novel, A Cuban Summer. It is the story about a 13-year-old boy in 1950’s Havana, his love of girls, and desire for romance.

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). Picnics are rain or shine. The rain site is the Columbus Museum of Art.

For more information or to purchase tickets, click here. We also have a full season of Evenings with Authors coming up! Be sure to check out our great lineup and get your tickets before they’re gone! Click here for the full lineup.

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McMillan Recap

July 30, 2014

Although the rain cut us a little short, we had a great time hosting Claire McMillan last Wednesday, July 23, for our second to last Literary Picnic of the 2014 season. Her novel brings Edith Wharton’s The House of Mirth to Cleveland Ohio, complete with passion, excitement, and of course, scandal. Having been an enormous Edith Wharton fan her entire life, McMillan was thrilled to share her work with the audience. DSCN4375 DSCN4386 DSCN4390

Our last Literary Picnic of the 2014 season will take place next Wednesday, August 6, with Tony Mendoza. For more information or to order tickets, click here!

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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.

Click here for more information or to order tickets

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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).

Click here for more information or to order tickets!

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