The Bexley Education Foundation has chosen award-winner Tobias Wolff to be this year's author for its second annual Bexley Community Book Club.

The Bexley Education Foundation has chosen award-winner Tobias Wolff to be this year's author for its second annual Bexley Community Book Club.

Community members will have the chance to interact with Wolff's work through discussions, lectures and gatherings throughout the school year.

Bexley High School creative writing and literature students also will read and learn about Wolff and meet him April 27, when the Bexley Community Book Club culminates with classroom visits, a reception at Giuseppe's Ritrovo on East Main Street and a public lecture at the high school's Schottenstein Theatre.

Wolff has won the PEN/Faulkner Award, the Los Angeles Times book prize and the Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

He is best known for his memoir, "This Boy's Life," which was made into a 1993 movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Barkin and Robert De Niro.

Wolff, currently a professor at Stanford University, also writes short fiction such as "The Barracks Thief" and "In the Garden of the North American Martyrs." He also edited anthologies such as "The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Stories" and "Best American Short Stories."

BEF chair Linda Kass said in a release that she is excited to have Wolff join the Bexley community.

"After 25 years of support by this private foundation for public education in Bexley, we are thrilled to be able to offer this program to the community and welcome a writer of the caliber of Tobias Wolff," she said.

Suzanne Goldsmith-Hirsch, programs and communications coordinator for the BEF, said Wolff was selected by a group from the book club committee and other community members. The criterion was that the author had a large body of work, with at least one piece suitable for high school students to read.

"We selected Wolff because he is not only fun and interesting to read, but he has also won numerous literary awards of the highest caliber," Goldsmith-Hirsch said. "He's not only an author we like but our choice is confirmed by the critics."

She said she is personally excited that Wolff's short stories will be incorporated into discussion.

"A short story is a form that lends itself to discussion in small groups," Goldsmith-Hirsch said. "Frankly, it can be read quickly -- it's easy to dip in and read a few stories and get a sense of the author."

Proceeds from this year's book club will go to support literary, performing and visual arts in the district through the BEF Arts Endowment Fund.

Last year, the BEF invited author Pete Hamill and raised $42,000 for the foundation.

Community members can purchase individual tickets and find information about joining the book club's Author's Circle by visiting the BEF's Web site at www.bexleyeducationfoundation.org.

Advanced tickets cost $20.