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.


Welcome, Olivia!

January 22, 2015

Thurber House is excited to work with Ohio State’s Early Childhood Education program and their intern placement. We are pleased to introduce you to Olivia Wood who will be helping our Education Department through April. We asked her to introduce herself and give a little bit of her background. If you see her throughout the coming months, make sure to stop and say hi!

My name is Olivia Wood. I’m a sophomore at The Ohio State University and my major is Early Childhood Education. A few of my hobbies include reading, writing, drawing, and painting. I’m from Lima, OH, a small city about 90 miles away from Columbus. At home, I live with both of my parents, my two younger brothers, my cat, Pepper, and my dog, Bailey.

Growing up, I knew that I always wanted to be a teacher. I remember dressing up for career day at school as a teacher. I also come from a long line of educators. My father is a high school teacher, my mother gradated with her Master’s degree in teaching, and both my grandfather and grandmother were educators; I hope to be able to carry on this long line of teaching, too, by becoming either a kindergarten or first grade teacher. History and English are my two favorite subjects. Because of my father’s teachings in high school history, I grew up going to museums and to this day it still is one of my favorite activities. I hope to be able to pass my enjoyment and passion of learning to another group of my own students.

Welcome to Thurber House, Olivia. We look forward to working with you!


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.


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