Students at Bexley High School are gearing up for the April 16 visit of author Jennifer Egan, the selected author of the Bexley Education Foundation's yearlong Bexley Community Book Club.
Egan will spend the day in Bexley classrooms talking to students prior to her public appearance at 7:30 p.m. in the Schottenstein Theatre, 326 S. Cassingham Road.
According to Mike Noan, a Bexley High School library specialist who is coordinating some of the student activities connected with Egan's visit, students will compete for the privilege of lunching with the author. Students have been invited to respond to one of several prompts with either a 350-word written piece or "the equivalent in other media."
One of the prompts invites students to "choose a character from an Egan novel or story (and) explain why you would or would not be friends with this character." Another suggests that students use Twitter to comment on Egan's fiction with 25 Tweets, each "containing significant thought."
Fifteen students will be chosen for the lunch, based on their submissions.
Early Bird tickets for the evening lecture are $20 through April 12. Tickets are $25 at the door, $10 for students with identification, and $15 for senior citizens ages 55 and older.
Tickets can be purchased online at bexleyeducationfoundation.org.
The author of the collection Emerald City and Other Stories, Egan most recently published A Visit from the Goon Squad, which won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle award for fiction. Other novels include The Invisible Circus, which was adapted for film, Look at Me and The Keep. She is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction, and a Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Fellowship at the New York Public Library. Her nonfiction articles appear frequently in The New York Times Magazine.
For more information call 614-338-2093 or bexleyeducationfoundation.org.