*This event is planned for the Thurber House lawn but may be moved online due to health considerations.*
WEDNESDAY, JULY 22
5:30 pm – 8:00 pm EST
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!
Jess Montgomery showcases her skills as a storyteller in The Hollows: a powerful, big-hearted and exquisitely written follow-up to her highly acclaimed debut The Widows.
Ohio, 1926: For many years, the railroad track in Moonvale Tunnel has been used as a shortcut through the Appalachian hills. When an elderly woman is killed walking along the tracks, the brakeman tells tales of seeing a ghostly female figure dressed all in white. Newly elected Sheriff Lily Ross is called on to the case to dispel the myths. With the help of her friends, Lily follows the woman’s trail to The Hollows, a notorious asylum, and they begin to expose dark secrets long-hidden by time and the mountains.
Jess Montgomery is the award-winning author of the Kinship Historical Mysteries, including The Widows and The Hollows. Under her given name, she is a newspaper columnist, focusing on the literary life, authors, and events of her native Dayton, Ohio for the Dayton Daily News. She was the John E. Nance Writer in Residence at Thurber House in 2014.
Picnicking begins at 5:30 pm EST. Join us on the lawn any time between 5:30 - 6:45 pm EST to picnic with friends and enjoy the great outdoors. Please note: due to health considerations, we will not be offering boxed dinners this year. All 2020 Summer Literary Picnics are BYOF—bring your own food. 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.