Visit the Columbus Public Library on Thursday (Nov. 11) and you might run into an aspiring funeral home director — or somebody obsessed with Miss Piggy’s role in “A Muppet Family Christmas.”
It’s one of the many days that highlight the diversity of activities available for local book fans.
The library will welcome Joanna Wilson, an author who specializes in pop culture Christmas specials, at 4-5 p.m. Thursday.
At 7 p.m., the library will host a screening of “The Undertaking,” a documentary that features Thomas Lynch — a popular writer who’s also an undertaker.
Here’s what to expect from the events, which are both free and open to the public.
Christmas is a 365-day event for Joanna Wilson. She’s glad the rest of the country is entering her universe — at least temporarily.
“I feel like everybody’s finally catching up with me,” Wilson said.
She’s the author of “The Christmas TV Companion: a Guide to Cult Classics, Strange Specials & Outrageous Oddities.” She writes a blog on the topic and will soon release an encyclopedia of Christmas programming.
When asked to name three must-see Christmas selections, Wilson pointed to “The Dick Van Dyke Show” (“The Alan Brady Show Presents”), “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and “Pee-wee’s Playhouse Christmas Special.”
Wilson, who sometimes finds herself humming “Jingle Bells” in May, is confident she’ll never exhaust her area of expertise.
“There’s always new Christmas programming,” she said. “There’s thousands and thousands of these things.”
Want to go inside a funeral home without, well, going inside a funeral home?
Check out “The Undertaking,” a documentary about Michigan-based Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors.
It features Thomas Lynch, whose titles include poet, philosopher and undertaker.
The documentary screening is part of VistaCare Hospice Foundation’s End-of-Life Lecture Series.
Lynch will hold a poetry reading at the Columbus Public Library Nov. 29, as well as a keynote speech Nov. 30. Both events will be held at 7 p.m.
Sonya Sorich, reporter, can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 706-507-8516.