Summer book events in Columbus: Margaret Atwood, Louis Bayard

Author Margaret Atwood will visit the Palace Theatre on June 15.

If you haven’t read Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “The Blind Assassin” or “Alias Grace,” now’s the time to get started. After several pandemic-caused delays, the award-winning Canadian author finally will appear in Columbus this summer.

Local bookstores and libraries are also getting back into presenting in-person author appearances. And the popular Thurber House summer literary picnics celebrating Ohio authors will resume.

Reading great books can be even more fun when those books become the focus of social events shared by many other readers.

Carter Sickels will appear at the Thurber House Literary Picnic on Aug. 25.

Thurber House

77 Jefferson Ave., near Downtown

Summer literary picnics, select dates from June 8 to Aug. 25: The six picnics will feature outdoor readings (weather permitting) by authors Donte Woods-Spikes (June 8), Dean Regas (June 30), Jessica Strawser (July 13), Leigh Lewis (July 27), Thrity Umrigar (Aug. 6), and Carter Sickels (Aug. 25).

Contact: 614-464-1032;

Palace Theatre

34 W. Broad St., Downtown

Margaret Atwood, June 15: The acclaimed creator of “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “Alias Grace,” “The Blind Assassin” and much more will finally appear after previous COVID-canceled engagements. 

Contact: 614-807-2626,

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