We are so excited to announce the 28th season of Summer Literary Picnics, featuring readings from five authors with Ohio connections. The picnics are held on the Thurber House lawn at 77 Jefferson Avenue and you can purchase a boxed dinner from us, or bring your own. Here’s the line-up for 2013:
Wednesday, June 12: Alexis Wilson
Alexis Wilson is known to many as the wife of musician Byron Stripling, but her memoir, Not So Black and White, shows that she is much more than wife and mother. She shares the story of her father, a Tony-award winning choreographer, and her mother, a talented ballet star. This book is a fascinating look at the life of an exceptional woman.
Wednesday, June 26: Julia Keller
Pulizer Prize-winning journalist Julia Keller has written her first novel, a mystery called A Killing in the Hills. In the book, prosecuting attorney Bell Elkins investigates the gruesome murder of three elderly men in a diner. The book takes place against the backdrop of poverty-stricken West Virginia, and Keller plans to make this the first book in a new series.
Wednesday, July 10: Sharon Short
Sharon Short’s column, “Sanity Check,” appeared in the Dayton Daily News for over ten years. She is now the director of the Antioch Writers’ Workshop in Yellow Springs, and her first novel, My One Square Inch of Alaska, was just published. It follows the story of two siblings and their dog as they escape their small Ohio town and travel to Alaska.
Wednesday, July 24: John Kachuba
If you are interested in paranormal investigations, be sure to check out John Kachuba’s Ghosthunting Ohio: On the Road Again. In the book, there are 25 ghostly spots to visit in the Buckeye State, from the home of President James A. Garfield to Columbus’s own Thurber House. Kachuba is the author of several entries in the “Haunted Road Trip” series.
Wednesday, August 7: Charlene Fix
Poet and professor Charlene Fix takes a look at one of the Marx brothers in her book, Harpo Marx as Trickster. In history, folklore, and myth, tricksters have held a special place in people’s lives and hearts. Through photos and words, Fix examines Harpo’s trickster personality in each Marx Brothers film, demonstrating his affinity for mischief and magic.
Here’s how the Literary Picnics work:
- 5:30 p.m. – Our Young Docents offer guided tours of Thurber House.
- 5:30 – 6:50 p.m. – If you pre-ordered a boxed dinner from us, you may pick it up anytime within this timeframe. If you would like to order dinner, please make your reservation by 4:00 p.m. on the Monday before the picnic.
- 7:00 p.m. – The reading begins. Thurber House remains open after the reading for touring, book buying, and book signing.
Please bring your own lawn chairs or blankets. You are also welcome to bring alcoholic beverages.