Marisa Silver: Sometimes you have to change

Sally FingerettOhioana Marisa Silver was born in Shaker Heights, Ohio and has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, an O. Henry Prize, and, on October 6, a 2017 Ohioana Awards. Join us as we talk about her time in Ohio (think overcast skies), her background working in Hollywood, and how she became a writer.

For more on her visit to Ohio, check out the Ohioana Facebook page.

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Lisa Black: Murder in Cleveland

Lisa Black

If you’ve watched CSI: Las Vegas, CSI: Miami, CSI: NY, and CSI: Cyber or even CSI: Pickerington and wondered what really happens during a crime scene investigation, then Lisa Black is the author for you. She spent five years working at the Cuyahoga County morgue doing chemical analysis on evidence from crime scenes and she’s used knowledge gained from that experience to write ten books, including New York Times Best Sellers. 

Listen in as we discuss the differences between fictional and real-life CSI, which includes morgue workers being more upbeat than you might imagine.

She’ll be in Columbus with Thurber House on Thursday, September 21, 2017

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Sally Fingerett: Raised by wolves

Sally Fingerett

Sally Fingerett was raised by wolves.

Her words.

Join us for an exploration of the childhood of this singer-songwriter and founding member of Four Bitchin’ Babes, how being Jewish and born on Christmas Day affected her, and the ways that having an extended family formed her sense of community.

Don’t you wish you were raised by wolves?

Sally Fingerett will open Thurber House’s Evenings with Authors on September 7 with a discussion and performance of songs from The Mental Yentl.

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Bruce Campbell: Columbus and the Evil Dead

By Tony Shek (Bruce Campbell) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia CommonsActor, producer, and author Bruce Campbell has been in a lot of movies that I’ve enjoyed, like the Evil Dead movie franchise, which is now a TV show on Starz Channel (Ash vs. Evil Dead). But perhaps my favorite is Bubba Ho-Tep, in which Campbell stars as an aged Elvis Presley confined to a retirement home and menaced by an ancient Egyptian mummy. It has all the usual elements of a Bruce Campbell production: off-kilter premise, quotable dialogue, supernatural beings. Check it out.

You can catch Bruce in Columbus at the Book Loft on Saturday, August 26, when he’ll discuss and sign his new book Hail to the Chin: Further Confessions of a B-Movie Actor. This is the follow-up to If Chins Could kill:Confessions of a B-Movie Actor and a companion to Make Love! The Bruce Campbell Way. 

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How to Survive a Summer: Nick White tells all

Nick WhiteOhio State Professor Nick White had a secret, one he didn’t want to tell himself or anyone else: he was gay. But, like most secrets, it eventually came to light, for him in a surprisingly hopeful way. The protagonist of his new novel travels a similar path but with a much more tragic outcome, being sent to a conversion camp as a youth. Listen in to hear more about the book and Nick White’s life.

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Ikea Idea

A nightmare scenario: cheap Nordic prices and a wild population. Join us.

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Wild Goose Live Returns! June 6th

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Comedy from pain: Columbus comic Leslie Battle

Leslie BattleColumbus comedian Leslie Battle is no stranger to struggle. What makes her special is the ability to make others laugh with her at life’s trials and oddities. Listen in as we discuss the decidedly unfunny event that led her to comedy, why her son’s friends may see her in a new light, and what unexpected crowd she scores big with.

 

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Letting the past have its say: Jennifer Schlueter and Patience Worth

Jennifer Schlueter

Ohio State University Associate Professor and Associate Chair of the Department of Theatre Jennifer Schlueter is a playwright and her latest, Patience Worth, premiered in March in St Louis and will have a two-day run on May 19-20 at Ohio State.

We talked recently about the play, its background, and how historical documents can tell their own stories, sometimes with just a little technological boost.  Listen in to get the full story of a Ouija board psychic and the character who spoke to her.

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And the winner is…Colson Whitehead!

Colson WhiteheadLife is made up of surprising coincidences. Examples: Colson Whitehead was awarded the  2017 Pulitzer Prize for fiction on April 11  for his book Underground Railroad, and he’s in Columbus on April 28 with the Bexley Library.

AND he’s this week’s guest on Craft. Wild, huh?

When I spoke with him, Colson had not yet been awarded the prize but he had already garnered plenty of awards and impressive sales. Listen in to hear what it’s like to carry a big book secret (“Psst, Colson: Oprah picked your book for her book club but don’t tell anyone for a few months”) and why he waited for years before beginning to write this book.

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