Loudon Wainwright III returns to Columbus

In the summer of 1992, I had  moved to Columbus with my wife so she could attend medical school. I was working odd jobs, including a lunch and dinner shifts at a seedy Italian restaurant I was convinced was run by the mob. Between shifts, I hung out in my smelly uniform at a nearby library, looking through novels and CDs. One odd cover photo caught my eye.

Loudon Wainwright Therapy Cover

 

I listened to the album and I’ve been listening to Loudon Wainwright III’s work ever since.
Join us as we discuss his new book, how being a memoirist functions for him, and the difficulties of being a satirist in the Trump era.
Wainwright will be in Columbus on November 17 at Natalie’s Coal-Fired Pizza.

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Masha Hamilton on the perfume of people in war

Ruchika PrakashJournalist, novelist, and public speaker Masha Hamilton is the 2017 John E. Nance writer in residence with the Thurber House and will appear with Evenings with Authors on November 14.
She’s covered conflicts across the globe, from the fall of the USSR to the Intifada. Listen in as we discuss her work, teaching, and life.

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Ohio State University Professor Ruchika Prakash on mindfulness

Ruchika Prakash

I’ve tried to meditate, but never got it to work. I’ve focused on my breath, let ideas go past unnoticed, and still haven’t gotten to the peaceful state described in writings about meditation. Serenity now!

Ohio State University Associate Professor of Psychology Ruchika Prakash says that meditation is actually very difficult. She’ll be the November 12 speaker at Ohio State’s Science Sundays, sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences. The event is free and open to the public, so get a quick overview of it here and then attend. Afterwards, maybe you’ll find you’re better than I am about attending to your breath and being in the moment. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to break off abruptly here and stare at the dog with the fluffy tail that just walked past my window.

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Brian Kilmeade co-authors book on Andrew Jackson

Brian KilmeadeBrian Kilmeade, co author of three books, will appear with the Thurber House Evenings with Authors series on Thursday, November 2 to discuss his latest Historical Thriller “Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans: The Battle that Shaped America’s Destiny.”

Listen in for our discussion of Andrew Jackson

This episode is dedicated to David S.

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Craft Halloween Special 2017

Italian cemetery

Italian cemetery

If it’s Halloween, it must be time for a  Craft Halloween special. Here it is: all the heartwarming family fun you could ask for in a show filled tenderness, beauty, and a pile of cats and dogs burning in front of a dissatisfied witch.

Huge thanks to my actors: Kristin Green and Samantha Stark, from Columbus’s own It’s All Been Done Radio Hour and Cody McNulty, Columbus’ Youngest 40 Year Old ™.

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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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