July 30, 2008

Mystery Writer Among Guests in Series

By Bill Eichenberger, The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio

Jul. 30--A star of the Thurber House's 2008-09 "Evenings With Authors" season will be best-selling mystery writer Michael Connelly, who will read from and discuss his latest legal thriller, The Brass Verdict, on Oct. 20, about a week after its publication.

The former Los Angeles Times crime reporter turned to fiction in 1992 when he introduced readers to police detective Hieronymous Bosch in The Black Echo.

In 2005, he published his first legal thriller, The Lincoln Lawyer.

Five other authors are featured in the series, which will begin in August.

Unless otherwise noted, all events will take place at the Columbus Performing Arts Center, 549 Franklin Ave.: --Humorist Celia Rivenbark (Aug. 25) has been described by USA Today as "Dave Barry with a female point of view."

Her books include the Thurber Prize for American Humor semifinalist We're Just Like You, Only Prettier as well as Stop Dressing Your Six-Year-Old Like a Skank.

--Esquire editor-at-large A.J. Jacobs (Sept. 9) dedicated himself to a higher calling when he wrote The Year of Living Biblically, subtitled One Man's Humble Quest To Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible.

Jacobs is also the author of The Know-It-All: One Man's Humble Quest To Become the Smartest Person in the World. He did so by reading the Encyclopaedia Britannica from A to Z, "all 44 million words of it."

--Mystery writer Louis Bayard (Sept. 19, Columbus School for Girls, 56 S. Columbia Ave.) set his most recent historical mystery, The Black Tower, in Paris in 1818.

The novel features Eugene Francois Vidocq, a former criminal and the "father of modern forensic detection."

--Novelist Stewart O'Nan (Nov. 10, Columbus School for Girls) was named one of America's "best young writers" in 1996 by Granta magazine.

His recent books include Last Night at the Lobster and Snow Angels, which was made into a movie starring Kate Beckinsale and Sam Rockwell.

Viking will publish Songs for the Missing in October.

--Fox and Friends co-host Steve Doocy (Dec. 5, Columbus School for Girls) was compared to humorist Erma Bombeck for The Mr. and Mrs. Happy Handbook, a semifinalist for the Thurber Prize for American Humor.

His most recent collection of essays is Tales From the Dad Side: Misadventures in Fatherhood.

For more information and ticket prices, call 614-464-1032 or visit www.thurberhouse.org.


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