Heaphy Durham Recap and Lescroart Preview

May 4, 2015

Thank you to all who attended our event with Janis Heaphy Durham! Returning to Ohio, Heaphy 0430152027aDurham was greeted with a warm welcome by the audience, a handful of whom travelled from Cinc innati to see their high school friend. Her debut novel, The Hand on the Mirror: A True Story of Life Beyond Death, recounts the supernatural events that occurred after the loss of her husband, Mark. One of the things that set this book apart from others like it is how in depth Heaphy Durham went in her research to gain alternative perspective from both scientists and spiritual practitioners. Having multiple perspectives pulled in a crowd of believers, skeptics, and those with their own stories of loss.

During the event, the author shared some final memories her husband, some of which were a special treat as they were not included in the book. One conversation in particular seemed to stick with audience 0430152031cmembers on both sides of the belief spectrum. Just before his passing, Mark spoke with a friend of theirs who requested that he send signs, letting everyone know he was okay. His response mirrors what Heaphy Durham believes to be true about whether or not everyone is able to send or receive signs from an afterlife: Mark responded that he would try, but that it is up to those still on Earth to be looking.

We hope to see you at our next Evenings with Authors event! On Monday, May 11 we will welcome John Lescroart to discuss his newest thriller, The Fall. The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Columbus Museum of Art. Lescroart is the author of 26 novels, all of which have been on the New York Times bestseller list. Set in San Francisco, The Fall features DA Dismas Harty and his daughter, Rebecca, as they work to discover the truth about a teenager who met an unfortunate fate at the San Francisco Stockton tunnel.

Click here for more information or to purchase your tickets.

If you’re interested in a more personal experience, consider attending the Author’s Table! You and a small group of people will sit down for dinner with the author before the event for a chance to get to know each other. For more information or to reserve your Author’s Table Seat, please call Erin Deel at 614-464-1032 x 11 by Thursday, May 7 at 4:00 p.m.


Janis Heaphy Durman to come to Thurber House!

April 24, 2015

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Next Thursday, April 30, Janis Heaphy Durham will join us to share her hauntingly beautiful book, The Hand on the Mirror: A True Story of Life Beyond Death. After the unexpected death of her husband, Heaphy Durham turned to her faith as her coping mechanism. In the year after, a series of ghostly experiences occurred, but the focus of the book is on one particular life-altering event. Exactly one year after the passing of her husband, a powdery, life-like handprint appeared on her bathroom mirror. Since then, Janis Heaphy Durham has spent time interviewing scientists and spiritual leaders alike, forming a new understanding about death, and the time that follows.

Janis Heaphy Durham is a retired journalist and advertising professional who earned her master’s degree from Miami University in Ohio. She now spends her time between Idaho and Florida with her second husband, Jim Durham.

The event will take place at the Columbus Museum of Art, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Click here for more information or to purchase tickets. If you are interested in a more personal experience with the author, check out the Author’s Table, a great way to get to know the author better over dinner! For more information or to reserve your Author’s Table seat, please call Erin Deel at 614-464-1032 x 11 by Tuesday, April 28 at noon.


Marisa de los Santos Preview

March 26, 2015

Join us next Wednesday, April 1 for an evening with New York Times bestselling author, and award Marisa de los Santos webwinning poet, Marisa de los Santos. Her newest novel, The Precious One, follows two sisters who spend their lives struggling to please their father, a man whose manipulative ways left his daughters with skewed perspectives of their family dynamics. De los Santos is also the bestselling author of Love Walked In, Belong to Me, and Falling Together. She also has an award-winning book of poetry called From The Bones Out. She lives with her family in Wilmington, Delaware.

Click here for more information or to purchase tickets. If you are interested in a more personal experience with the author, check out the Author’s Table, a great way to get to know the author better over dinner! For more information or to reserve your Author’s Table seat, please call Erin Deel at 614-464-1032 x 11 by Monday, March 30 at 4:00 p.m.


Joseph Kanon Recap

March 17, 2015

Joseph Kanon joined us Thursday, March 12 to discuss his New York Times bestseller, Leaving Berlin. After spending most of his career in publishing, Kanon eventually became a published author himself with his first novel, Los Alamos. Seven books later, he has a _MG_9942stronghold on the historical thriller genre, writing bestsellers that transport readers back in time with vivid descriptions, details, and of course, a plethora of intriguing circumstances. A big believer in knowing the factual details in his stories (rather than making them up), Kanon spends time in the environment where he sets his novels; learning the neighborhoods, finding the café his character would go to for morning coffee, and the park where he would walk to if he decided to get a dog. He discussed the importance as a writer to know the minute details for his character, even if they don’t make it into the final story._MG_9970

Kanon also answered questions regarding the transition from publishing books, to searching for a publisher. Since he worked with many people in the business, he knew pretty decisively those with whom he would and would not want to work. The problem came when he realized that he would never get a true cold read if he sent the manuscript out with his name on the front. He sent Los Alamos out under a pseudonym to the agent he wanted to work with most, but was quickly found out after the agent got through a few pages and noticed the main character had a catch phrase that was also used by her good friend Joe.

Thanks to all who attended this event! Don’t forget to reserve your tickets to our next Evenings with Authors program on Wednesday, April 1 with Marisa de los Santos. Click here for more information or to purchase tickets online.


Joseph Kanon Preview

March 5, 2015

We are gearing up for our second event in the 2015 Winter/Spring Evenings with Authors series, and we hope you’re Joseph Kanon webplanning to be there too! Joseph Kanon will join us on Thursday, March 12 to discuss his newest novel, Leaving Berlin. Set in 1948, this spy thriller depicts East Berlin just a few years after World War II. In the novel, young Jewish writer, Alex Meier, finds himself back in Berlin after being deported from America. To save himself from this ruined city and return to America, he agrees to join the CIA, only to find out that he may not be willing to do what is expected of him.

Joseph Kanon is the Edgar Award-winning author of Istanbul Passage, and author many other bestselling novels including The Good German, which was produced into a movie in 2006 starring George Clooney. Kanon currently lives in New York City.

The event will take place at 7:30 p.m. at the Columbus Museum of Art. For more information or to order tickets, click here.

As a respectful gesture to the author and audience, no latecomers will be seated after 7:45 p.m.


And the 2015 Children’s-Writer-in-Residence is…

January 26, 2015


20CCrystal Allen is the author of the hilarious How Lamar’s Bad Prank Won A Bubba-Sized Trophy and the poignant, The Laura Line. Book one of her upcoming series, The Magnificent Mya Tibbs, Spirit Week Showdown will be available in the Winter of 2016.

Crystal claims she hated reading until a fortuitous meeting with a librarian on the Bookmobile who gave her Charlotte’s Web. She’s been hooked ever since and wants to give other young students the same experience. To encourage writers of all ages, she urlcreated Strike Writers that is a writing competition students can enter where she gives feedback on their pieces, publishes them on her website and empowers them to keep writing!

When she’s not writing, Crystal loves to visit schools, read, cook, hang out with her family, and volunteer for the SPCA. She currently lives in Sugar Land, Texas with her husband, Reggie, two sons, Phillip and Joshua, and spoiled dog, Angel. For more information about Crystal Allen, visit her website: www.crystalallenbooks.com.

Crystal will be staying in the slightly haunted, third-floor apartment of Thurber House for four weeks this summer. She’ll work with some of our summer camp writers, host readings and work with other community organizations during her stay. Stay tuned for updates on her whereabouts!

Congratulations Crystal! We can’t wait to have you at Thurber House!


Matt Burgess Recap

January 23, 2015

DSCN5619[8]Thanks to everyone who came to our first Evenings with Authors of the 2015 Winter/Spring season featuring Matt Burgess on Wednesday, January 21! He was here to discuss his newest novel, Uncle Janice. Having grown up in Queens, Burgess is familiar with the rough streets where the story takes place. His main character is undercover cop, Janice Itwaru, also known as “Uncle Janice.” (Uncle is slang for an undercover narcotics officer). Eager to earn a detective position, Itwaru navigates the streets of Queens, filling her quota of drug busts in the face of pressure from her superiors, internal affairs officers, and daily harassment not only from the drug dealers she encounters, but also from her coworkers as well. Turning a rough topic into a novel with endless situational humor, Uncle Janice will make you want to know more about both Queens, and the NYPD.

DSCN5687[5]During the event, Burgess commented on his choice to use a female cop, and to tackle the quota system, both parts of the police force that are not often brought to the forefront of discussion. His work can be seen as a bit controversial, but the story also really resonates with many. Without giving a name, he acknowledged the brave person in a similar position as Uncle Janis who helped him throughout the novel. This is Burgess’ second novel about his hometown (the first being, Dogfight, A Love Story) and while he hopes to expand into a new city one day, he doesn’t expect it to happen anytime soon; Queens made him the storyteller he is today. We can’t wait to see what he does next!

Get your tickets now for our next Evenings with Authors event with Joseph Kanon on Thursday, March 12. He will be here to talk Joseph Kanon webabout his latest book, Leaving Berlin. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Columbus Museum of Art. Please note that no one will not be seated after 7:45 p.m.

If you’re interested in a more personal experience, check out the Authors Table! We offer the opportunity to have dinner with the author and a limited amount of guests before the event takes place. For more information about the Authors Table, please call  Anne Touvell at 614-464-1032 ext. 10. All reservations for dinner need to be placed by Monday, March 9th.