The Bexley Community Book Club (BCBC) has announced a year-long lineup of community events exploring and celebrating the works of its 2012 selected author, Jonathan Safran Foer.

The Bexley Community Book Club (BCBC) has announced a year-long lineup of community events exploring and celebrating the works of its 2012 selected author, Jonathan Safran Foer.

The events will include a film screening and critics’ panel at the Drexel Theatre, a student art exhibit at Columbus College of Art and Design, a literary panel discussion at Bexley Public Library featuring faculty members from the Ohio State University creative writing program, two book discussions at the Jewish Community Center, and a food discussion on vegetarianism and sustainable eating, also at Bexley Public Library.

Foer, who has been called one of the most influential writers of the last decade, will appear in Bexley on Wednesday, April 18, 2012, when he will spend the day working with students, attending a VIP dinner with patrons, and presenting a public lecture.

Foer’s first novel, “Everything is Illuminated,” published when he was 25, was hailed as the “debut of the decade.” His second novel, “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,” quickly became a national and international bestseller as well.

His nonfiction book, (Eating Animals” (2009), received similar accolades and is also an international bestseller.

To guide readers as they explore Foer’s works throughout the year, BCBC and its partners will host the following events leading up to Foer’s visit next spring:

At 7 p.m. Wednesday, October 5, there will be a book discussion of “Everything is Illuminated.” The informal discussion will be moderated by Bexley faculty member Julie Horger and hosted by the Jewish Community Center of Greater Columbus, 1125 College Ave. Books will be available for purchase. Free and open to the public.

At 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, there will be s screening and panel discussion of “Everything is Illuminated,” the 2005 film about a young Jewish-American man searching for the woman who saved his grandfather during World War II, directed by Liev Schreiber and starring Elijah Wood. The subsequent discussion will feature Columbus Dispatch book critic Margaret Quamme and film critic John DeSando. At the Drexel Theatre, 2254 E. Main St.

From Dec. 12 through Feb. 10, there will b e an interpretive design exhibit titled “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, featuring” works by CCAD freshmen in response to the Foer novel. It will be in the Acock Gallery, Columbus College of Art & Design, Canzani Center, at the corner of East Gay Street and Cleveland Avenue. Free and open to the public.

At 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11, there will be a panel discussion of “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.” Members of the faculty of the creative writing program at Ohio State will discuss Foer’s second novel at the Bexley Public Library, 2411 E. Main St. Free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase.

And at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 1, a food discussion on “Vegetarianism and Sustainable Eating” will be led by Michael Jones, co-founder of Local Matters, who will discuss issues presented in Foer’s book “Eating Animals”. Bexley Public Library, 2411 E. Main St. Free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase.

BCBC’s community partners for 2011-12 are Bexley Public Library, Columbus College of Art & Design, Drexel Theatre, the Jewish Community Center of Greater Columbus, the Ohio State University creative writing program, and WBNS 10TV.