For the first time at a Literary picnic, Thurber House will highlight three emerging, talented authors of fiction, creative non-fiction, and poetry. The picnic will be Wednesday, July 22 on the side lawn of Thurber House, 77 Jefferson Ave. (Rain site at Thurber Center, 91 Jefferson Ave.)
Christopher Barzak. He is a teacher of creative writing at Youngstown State University. He is the author of two novels including, One for Sorrow, and will read from his latest work, The Love We Share Without Knowing, a haunting, richly woven novel that explores the ties that bind humanity across the deepest divides in modern day Japan. His stories have appeared in a many venues, including Nerve.com, The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror, Strange Horizons, Salon Fantastique, among many others. Check out Christopher’s blog at http://christopherbarzak.wordpress.com.
David Giffels is a columnist for the Akron Beacon Journal and contributing commentator and essayist on NPR. He has won dozens of journalism awards, including the 2006 National Award for Commentary, and has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize six times. He will read from his book All the Way Home: Building a Family in a Falling-down House, a memoir about his DIY home repair of his 1913 Tudor mansion in Akron and the effect it had on his family. You can read more about David at http://www.davidgiffels.com. Also check out this youtube video with great before and after pictures of his house.
James J. Siegel
Ohio native James J. Siegel is the poetry facilitator for a group called GuyWriters, which offers monthly critique sessions and quarterly open mic readings. He attended Bowling Green State University where he studied journalism and creative writing. The inspiration for much of his current work is based on Ohio and small town life in the Midwest. His poetry has appeared in literary journals such as The Fourth River, Toledo Review, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, Blueline and the online at magazine Paper Street. He lives in San Francisco. Check out GuyWriters and Jay’s work at http://www.guywritersmagazine.org/ or at http://www.myspace.com/jamesjsiegel
Dinner for the evening from Party Panache is BBQ Chicken breast with provolone cheese on fresh deli rolls; and Asian broccoli salad, and raspberry almond bars for dessert. Dinner is served at 6:15. Remember to RSVP to (614) 464-1032 ext. 11, by Monday, July 20, at 4 p.m. to get dinner. Reading only tickets are also available.
Bring your friends, a lawn chair, and wine if you would like, and enjoy fantastic evening with these three emerging authors.
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