Thursday, September 12, 2019
Upper Arlington Library, 2800 Tremont Rd, Upper Arlington
Theatre Room , Lower Level
Socializing begins at 7:00 p.m. The program begins at 7:30 p.m.
The evening’s program is free and open to the public.
MICHAEL J. ROSEN on JAMES THURBER
Michael J. Rosen will discuss his new book on James Thurber to be published by The Ohio State University Press in the fall of 2019, as well as his other writing about Thurber. Rosen is an author and illustrator of children’s books, poetry, and adult nonfiction, and an editor of anthologies. He was literary director of Thurber House in Columbus and has taught writing extensively.
Michael’s book is the first to truly consider James Thurber’s opus from one or another art historical or sociological point of view. It is a rallying cry: a host of preeminent cartoonists and writers reacquainting us with the significance and importance of Thurber’s drawings, which changed the nature of the cartoon in America and paved the way for an entirely different approach to visual art. It’s a showcase of some 250 drawings that coincides with the first major exhibit of Thurber’s art. Even though the Columbus Museum of Art, back when it was called the Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts, did mount two smaller shows of Thurber’s work, and even though works of Thurber’s appeared in several solo and scores of group shows during and after his lifetime, this year, 2019, the 125th anniversary of Thurber’s birth, offers the first chance to review the character of his contribution to American illustration, cartooning, and children’s books. The book, published by the OSU Press in July 2019, arrives in conjunction with a major exhibition of Thurber’s art at the Columbus Museum of Art August 24, 2019 – March 15, 2020.
Along with other writing on James Thurber, including another book published this summer, Collected Fables of James Thurber (HarperPerennial, June 2019) Michael J. Rosen is an author and illustrator of children’s books, poetry, and adult nonfiction, and an editor of anthologies. He was literary director of Thurber House in Columbus and has taught writing extensively.
Richard Polt will discuss the history of the typewriter, including the writers who used them, including those who continued composing on into the 21st century. Polt, an expert on the history of typewriters, is active on the “Typosphere” and a former editor of the quarterly ETCetera publication about manual typewriters. He is a professor of philosophy at Xavier University in Cincinnati.
Alison Beach, historian of medieval history at The Ohio State University, author of Women as Scribes: Book Production and Monastic Reform in Twelfth-Century Bavaria. Her work is based on her own research into the theory and remarkable evidence that women were actively involved in the production of medieval religious texts, which has recently been featured in stories in New York Times and other publications.