Friday, July 12, 2019 - 7:00pm
Gramercy Books
2424 East Main Street
Bexley, OH 43209

Join prolific writer, illustrator, editor, and James Thurber authority Michael J. Rosen to celebrate and launch A Mile and a Half of Lines: The Art of James Thurber.

Humorist, cartoonist, writer, playwright. James Thurber was to the twentieth century what Mark Twain was to the nineteenth. At one point, his books were the most read of any American in the world. His work could be found anywhere—from the pages of the New Yorker to the pages of children’s books, from illustrated advertisements to tea towels and dresses. Now, in celebration of the 125th anniversary of Thurber’s birth, A Mile and a Half of Lines: The Art of James Thurber is a long overdue introduction and reintroduction to James Thurber and the artwork that fundamentally changed American cartoons. 

Including some 260 drawings, this collection is the first comprehensive focus on his work as an artist, a cartoonist, and an illustrator. With commentary from a host of preeminent cartoonists and writers, including Ian Frazier, Seymour Chwast, and Michael Maslin, A Mile and a Half of Lines celebrates the significance of Thurber’s spontaneous, unstudied, and novel drawing style that not only altered the nature of American cartooning but also expanded the very possibilities of an illustrated line. Coinciding with the first major retrospective of Thurber’s art presented by the Columbus Museum of Art in 2019, A Mile and a Half of Lines showcases both classic Thurber as well as visual material never before seen in print. 

Rosen’s book serves as the catalyst of a special Columbus Museum of Art exhibit to celebrate the 125thanniversary of Thurber’s birth, running August 24, 2019 – March 15, 2020, which will include Thurber’s work for the New Yorker, his illustrations for his own and others’ books, ad campaigns, and children’s illustrations.  

Michael J. Rosen is a writer, an illustrator, and an editor who has collaborated with the Thurber Estate and written about the works of James Thurber for almost forty years. He was the founding literary director of the Thurber House and has edited six volumes of Thurber’s work.

James Thurber (1894–1961), the twentieth century’s most popular American humorist, authored nearly three dozen collections of cartoons, essays, stories, fables, and biographical works—much of which he published as one of the original voices of the New Yorker magazine—in addition to creating a shelf of classic children’s books, the gem-like autobiography My Life and Hard Times, and two Broadway productions.

Bexley Public Library, Columbus Museum of Art, and Thurber House are Community Partners with Gramercy Books for this exclusive author evening celebrating the Year of Thurber.