*THIS EVENT WILL BE HELD ONLINE ON THE ZOOM VIDEO PLATFORM*
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm EST
Players, Teams, and Stadium Ghosts
Each summer, the Thurber House lawn plays host to a series of outdoor literary picnics and readings with authors who have an Ohio connection. While this year's picnics might look a little different, join us for this long-running tradition of good friends and great books!
In Players, Teams, and Stadium Ghosts, sportswriter Bob Hunter has assembled a Hall of Fame collection of his best writing from The Columbus Dispatch. Fans will encounter some of the biggest names in sports, relive great moments from games played by amateurs and pros, and re-discover forgotten players and teams.
Hunter shows us LeBron James when he was a 15-year-old high school freshman, already capturing the world’s attention; 20-year-old Derek Jeter’s meteoric rise through the minors, including the Columbus Clippers; a strange encounter with Pete Rose hustling frozen pizzas; and the excitement of watching future WNBA star Katie Smith dominate a Columbus Quest championship game. Hunter’s personal touch takes readers beyond the final scores and the dazzle of lights to meet the people behind the athletes. They’re remembered for how they played, but Hunter reminds us who they were.
Bob Hunter was a sportswriter for The Columbus Dispatch for more than forty years, including the last twenty-four as sports columnist. He is the author of nine books, including Thurberville and A Historical Guidebook to Old Columbus. Hunter is a native of Hamilton, Ohio, and a graduate of Ohio University.
Picnicking begins at 6:30 pm EST. We may be meeting on Zoom for this event, but that doesn’t mean we can’t picnic! Grab a meal and drop in to the Zoom event early to picnic on the “lawn” with us. We’ll be rolling photos of the Thurber House lawn as you catch up with friends. The program begins at 6:45 pm EST. You will have the opportunity to ask the author questions after the event and purchase a book.