Lisa Yee (lisayee) wrote,

James Thurber and Me, and (Maybe) You, Too

Lisa. Lisa, where have you been everyone’s asking. (Okay, no one asked that, but pretend they have.)

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Well, I’ve been creating STET, my totally free and mucho interesting daily online kidlit/bookish/outer space/bad dogs newspaper . . .

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(To see STET or subscribe, CLICK HERE.)

Plus, I have been thinking, One Day I will . . . post a new blog . . .

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(This cool art installation was leaning up against Vroman’s, the closest indie bookstore to my house.)

Speaking of indies, this week I went to a new one. (It’s not actually new, it’s been around for 1-1/2 years, but it was new to me). It’s called The Pop-Hop . . .

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Look what I bought, James Thurber’s Alarms and Diversions . . .

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I am a HUGE James Thurber fan. Here are some of my books. Er, some of his books, that are mine . . .

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So a few years ago when I was selected to be the Thurber House Children’s Writer-in-Residence, I was beyond thrilled.

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One month of living in James Thurber’s childhood home in Columbus, OH, writing and reading, and writing and teaching, and writing and writing and writing.

And now . . . in honor of Thurber and writers everywhere, I am revisiting past blogs about me and James (Thurber would want me to call him that) and posting it here. (The links will take you to the blogs and photos that I wrote/took while living at Thurber House.)

Ready? Set . . . Thurber!!!

I remember when I got the call. It was sooooo exciting! (Squeee.)

The historic house, though haunted, was (and still is) TOTALLY cool . . .

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(That's me and my friend Julia deVillers. If you have a friend visit you, Thurber House rules are that you must wear matching outfits at all times.)

I had my own swell two-bedroom apartment in the attic where the bed fell on James's father--AND the run of rest of the house at night! (Thurber House is a museum and literary center during the day.)

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(Above: James Thurber's room where James and I wrote, though not at the same time)

The rumors about the house being haunted are true. In fact, when I was interviewed, I was asked, “Are you afraid of ghosts.” (I am not.)

Here’s the (friendly) ghost, or at lease the one who visited me. (Actually, I did have a real ghost experience. But I’m not ready to talk about that.)

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I’m not saying that the ghost pushed me, but when I went running there was an incident. Yes, I stopped a bad fall using my face and end up in the hospital looking like a delightful fall color palatte . . .

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(The last time I told my kids I was going to go running, they told me to wear a helmet.)

Back at Thurber House, I was missing my dog, but I felt better when I sat in the garden among Thurber’s dogs . . .

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The the hospitality was incredible. There are lots of friendly people in Columbus, OH.

The young Thurber writing camp authors were uber enthusiastic . . .
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(Ummm . . . it took us a while to figure out the screen, but once that was up, we really got going!)

At the Dowd Center. the kids will amazed me with their creativity. Later, Scholastic donated 500 books to their library . . .
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I loved walking around town (not running) and taking in the sights. There's art everywhere! . . .
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The Columbus Main Branch was only a couple blocks away . . .
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And the award-winning Worthington Libraries are a book-lovers dream . . .

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I had to watch Peepy at all times, so she wouldn’t get in dangerous situations . . .
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These amazing women ran Thurber House during my tenure . . .

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The men weren’t so bad either . . .

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Look! It’s the stairs to the private writer's apartment . . .
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And the official plaque . . .
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If you are a children’s book author, or know one, tell them about THIS. (It’s how you/they can apply for the 2014 residency.)

I envy the next Thurber House Children’s Writer-in-Residence. You are in for a wonderful adventure!


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Oh, look! If you'd like an autographed book, order from Vroman's, tell them who you'd like me to sign it to, and they will mail it to you!"

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