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You know summer has arrived in Columbus when downtown is bustling with people walking up and down the Short North, families are out playing at one of the many parks around town, the line is out the door for Jeni’s ice cream and Thurber House’s summer picnic season takes off.

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This year, in honor of the city’s bicentennial, Thurber House is celebrating by featuring all Columbus authors during its Summer Literary Picnic series, which begins June 13. Picnicking on the lovely lawn next to James Thurber’s historic home at 77 Jefferson Ave. begins at 5:30 with boxed dinners available for those who purchased dinner tickets ahead of time. Guests are also free to bring their own food and alcoholic beverages. Please bring your own blankets and lawn chairs. Here’s what you have to look forward to this summer:

June 13 – Thurber House Celebrates 200Columbus The spotlight’s on Columbus and it’s 200-year history as the evening features staged readings of Thurber’s work by the Thurber Chamber Theatre and presentations by Joe Santry, the Columbus Clippers’ noted historian; local author and President of the Columbus Landmarks Foundation, Doreen Uhas-Sauer; and Jim Tootle, former Ohio State University assistant dean, author, and the city’s own Wikipedia on all things Thurber.

June 27 – Karen Harper New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Karen Harper, will share three of her newest works. First there is the second book in her Home Valley Amish suspense trilogy called Return to Grace. Then there is Mistress of Mourning, one of her popular Tudor-era historical mysteries, and a special bonus, The Covered Bridge, a novella included in a new anthology of Amish suspense called Dark Crossing.

July 11 – Mark Titus Don’t Put Me In, Coach: My Incredible NCAA Journey from the End of the Bench to the End of the Bench is Mark Titus’s story of how he became part of the elite Buckeye basketball team in 2006 and, in four years, played all of 48 minutes in 32 games and scored a total of nine points. Titus gives readers an uncensored, often R-rated, and always uproarious look at being the guy picked last and emerging as a college basketball—and blogging—star.

July 25 – Jeni Britton Bauer Columbus sweetheart, Jeni Britton Bauer’s remarkable genius for creating artisanal ice creams and sorbets has made her a national phenomenon. Her first book – which just received the prestigious James Beard Award – Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home, contains more than 100 incredible recipes that reflect the creativity, quality and deliciousness that have made her ice creams the incredible in-store and mail order success they are today. As the Boston Globe put it, this book is “Pure heaven.”

Aug. 8 – Margaret Peterson Haddix One of Ohio’s most treasured literary lights, Margaret Peterson Haddix, will focus on her highly acclaimed series for young adults, The Missing Series of time travel suspense and the futuristic novels that make up her Shadow Children series, as well as favorites such as The Always War and Turnabout.

For more details, and to purchase tickets, click here.

And stay tuned to our blog as we’ll have a special ticket giveaway coming soon …