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GCAC Presents: Young Authors Take Center Stage at Thurber House This Fall

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Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Thurber House—home of humorist, author and New Yorker cartoonist James Thurber—is a non-profit literary center and museum and a unique national treasure. Thurber House programs include the Thurber Prize for Humor, the only such recognition of humor writing in the country; a month-long residency for writers of children’s literature; author readings; writing classes for children and adults and a museum of Thurber memorabilia.

Evenings with Authors (EWA) is a series of readings featuring nationally known, bestselling authors. Each author reads and chats for 45 minutes, followed by a 15 minute question-and-answer period. A small reception after the reading allows fans a unique chance to meet the author face-to-face.

Vanessa Diffenbaugh, author of The Language of Flowers.

With four events remaining in Thurber’s Evenings with Authors series, plus a free special reading with Lee Martin and two co-sponsored events with Jazz Arts Group on deck, Thurber House’s fall programming will please every Columbus book lover.

Evenings With Authors

On September 12, Vanessa Diffenbaugh will share her novel, The Language of Flowers, as part of Thurber House’s fall EWA series. Diffenbaugh’s debut novel tells the story of a young woman who uses the language of flowers to communicate her troubled past and change the lives of others – while struggling to overcome her own pain.

Following Diffenbaugh is bestselling author Candice Millard on September 21 discussing her latest book, The Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President. Meticulously researched and epic in scope, The Destiny of the Republic archives James Garfield’s journey from Ohio congressman to president—only to be assassinated before he could fulfill his destiny for the country – as well as the trial of the madman who altered history by the act of murder.

The series continues on October 12 with Tatjana Soli. Soli’s debut novel, The Lotus Eaters, winner of the prestigious James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction, chronicles a female photographer and the two men – a Vietnamese photojournalist and an American reporter – who are as addicted to the narcotic of violence in the Vietnam War as they are to their love for her.

Wrapping up the Evenings with Authors series is Karen Russell, one of The New Yorker’s “20 Under 40 Authors to Watch.” On November 3, Russell will read from her highly acclaimed debut novel, Swamplandia!, the original story of a clan of alligator wrestlers set in the Everglades. According to the New York Times, “The novel is a wild ride: Russell has style in spades.”

Candice Millard, author of The Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President.

Each event begins at 7:30 p.m. Authors read an excerpt of their book, followed by a brief Q&A, reception and book signing. For information about each event’s location, or to purchase tickets, visit www.thurberhouse.org or call 614-464-1032.

Special Events with Jazz Arts Group and Lee Martin

Thurber House and Jazz Arts Group will host an evening of music and lyrics that once fanned the flames of controversy. “Don’t Listen to This” looks at how censorship has affected popular music even before the birth of rock ‘n’ roll, and will run September 23-24 at Lincoln Theater. Both shows begin at 8 p.m.

In October, Thurber House will host 2006 Pulitzer Prize finalist Lee Martin. Reading from his latest book, Break the Skin, this free event and reception will begin at 8 pm at Thurber Center.

For details on both events, and to purchase tickets, visit www.thurberhouse.org.

Save the Date: Mark your calendars for the 2011 Thurber Birthday Gala on Thursday, December 8. The annual evening of humor at The Westin Columbus will feature special guest Steve Hely, the 2010 Thurber Prize for American Humor winner for his book How I Became a Famous Novelist. More details coming later this fall!

GCAC Presents is a bi-weekly column brought to you by the Greater Columbus Arts Council – supporting art and advancing culture in Columbus – in partnership with the Columbus Arts Marketing Association, a professional development and networking association of arts marketers. Each column will be written by a different local arts organization to give you an insiders look at the arts in Columbus.

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