Ann Patchett, the featured author for the Bexley Education Foundation's third annual Bexley Community Book Club, will visit Wednesday, April 14, to work with students and speak to the community.

Ann Patchett, the featured author for the Bexley Education Foundation's third annual Bexley Community Book Club, will visit Wednesday, April 14, to work with students and speak to the community.

Events include sessions with Bexley High School students, a dinner for sponsors at Giuseppe's Ritrovo and a 7:30 p.m. public lecture at Bexley High School's Schottenstein Theatre.

Patchett is the author of "Bel Canto," a novel "about love and opera which takes place during a terrorist takeover at a party at a South American embassy," according to her Web site. It has been translated into 30 languages.

Other novels include "Taft" and the "Magician's Assistant;" the memoir "Truth & Beauty: A Friendship," which tells the story of her friendship with writer Lucy Grealy, who died in 2002; and "What Now," an essay based on her commencement address at Sarah Lawrence College.

BEF president Charlene Morgan said in choosing its featured author, the committee looks for someone whose writing is appropriate for high school students, relatively well known and has received a literary award of some kind.

Bexley High School librarian Mike Nolan, a member of the committee, said committee members were interested in an author with a variety of works in several genres.

"She fit that bill," he said. "There are four or five novels, non-fiction and a very nice commencement address. She has written a lot of stuff. She is popular and prize winning."

Morgan said the author initiative was started three years ago with the idea of promoting lifelong learning.

BEF chairwoman "Linda Kass is the one who came up with the idea," Morgan said. "She felt it was one way we could encourage reading."

The BEF selected Tobias Wolff last year and Pete Hamill in 2007-08 for the inaugural book club.

Student involvement is key to the effort, organizers said. Patchett will have lunch with 14 students who wrote essays to qualify and have expressed interest in being a writer. She will share writing tips and her experiences as a writer with the students.

"The people who are in that 90-minute session all had to submit a piece of writing as their ticket to get into that session," Nolan said. "They earned their spot."

Nolan said Patchett also will meet with two other groups of students who have read her work. Students come from a variety of classes including Advanced Placement composition and language, contemporary literature and creative writing.

One group of students read her novel, "Bel Canto," Nolan said. The students will get a 50-minute question and answer session with the author, he said.

"They get to meet with the author, talk with her and ask what she meant, why she wrote certain things," he said.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call 338-2093 or visit bexleyeducationfoundation.org.