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Egan to meet fans of writing during visit next week

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Jennifer Egan

Named one of Time magazine's top 100 people of the year in 2011, Jennifer Egan has been impressing audiences for nearly two decades with her novels, short stories and journalistic pieces.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, April 16 and 17, Bexley community members will have the opportunity to hear from Egan in person as she caps off a seven-month series of literary events examining her works.

Egan will be introduced to the Bexley community during a public lecture and book signing, "An Evening With Jennifer Egan," set for 7:30 p.m. April 16 at Bexley High School's Schottenstein Theatre, 326 S. Cassingham Road.

Prior to the lecture, Egan will attend a private dinner with Bexley Community Book Club sponsors.

On April 17, Egan will spend the morning meeting with Bexley High School students in large- and small-group sessions.

"We look for new and exciting literary voices to expose to our community," said Linda Kass, founding chairwoman of the Bexley Community Book Club. "Jennifer Egan's prose has been called 'stunning, funny, sexy-cool,' and she is a notable nonfiction writer who brings her lucid journalistic skills to her wildly imaginative work in fiction.

"We are thrilled that she is our sixth selected BCBC author."

Egan has written four novels and a short-story anthology, as well as numerous magazine articles. Her latest novel, A Visit from the Goon Squad, was published in 2010 and soared to the top of many publications' Best of 2010 lists, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Time, Slate, Salon and People.

She was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 2011 for A Visit from the Goon Squad, also the recipient of the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction.

Egan also is the author of The Invisible Circus, a novel that became a feature film starring Cameron Diaz; Look at Me, a finalist for the National Book Award in fiction in 2001; Emerald City and Other Stories; and The Keep, which was a national bestseller.

Her short stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's Magazine, Granta, McSweeney's and other magazines.

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. Her 2002 cover story on homeless children received the Carroll Kowal Journalism Award, and her most recent article, The Bipolar Kid, received a 2009 Outstanding Media Award for Science and Health Reporting from the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

"An Evening With Jennifer Egan" is open to the public. Advance tickets are $20 through Friday, April 12, and can be purchased at bexleyeducationfoundation.org or by calling 614-338-2093. Tickets also will be sold for $25 for phone reservations on Monday, April 15, and at the door the night of the event.

Student tickets are $10 with an ID; senior citizen tickets are $15.

The last day to purchase tickets online is April 12. The last day to purchase tickets by phone is Monday, April 15. Group rates are also available by calling 614-338-2093.

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