Award-winning writer Tobias Wolff has been chosen as the 2009 Selected Author by Bexley Community Book Club, an initiative of The Bexley Educa-tion Foundation.
One of the most highly regarded short story writers working in America today and the author of two acclaimed memoirs, Wolff has received many top literary honors. These include the PEN/Faulkner Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Throughout the school year, community members will read and discuss Wolff’s work in BCBC-sponsored lectures and book discussion gatherings, high school classes, a film screening and a bookfair at Barnes & Noble Booksellers at Easton.
On April 27, 2009, Wolff will visit Bexley for a day of events that will include interactive sessions with Bexley High School creative writing and literature students, a dinner reception for sponsors at Giuseppe’s Ritrovo, and a public lecture and book signing at Bexley High School’s Schottenstein Theatre.
Megan Walker, 2009 Chair of Bexley Community Book Club and a member of the BEF Board of Governors, says she anticipates hundreds of people reading Wolff’s books and becoming more familiar with his body of work.
"This initiative is designed to involve the community, Bexley and beyond, on a grassroots level with exciting monthly activities that examine the breadth of Tobias Wolff’s work and talent," Walker said.
The partnership with Barnes & Noble Booksellers at Easton will include in-store promotions to begin this month, as well as a Barnes & Noble Bookfair, with a percentage of book sales to benefit Bexley Education Foundation’s initiative.
Proceeds from Bexley Community Book Club, derived from sponsorships, ticket sales and book sales, will help support literary, performing and visual arts facilities and/or programs for the Bexley City Schools through the Arts Endowment Fund of the Bexley Education Foundation.
Further information, including individual ticket sales information (advance general admission tickets are $20 each), can be obtained by calling 338-2093.