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Book club chooses Banks as 2014 guest

The Bexley Community Book Club has announced that best-selling author Russell Banks has been chosen as its 2014 Selected Author.

Banks will appear in Bexley on April 29 and 30, 2014. The BCBC is planning a number of events in the months leading up to Banks' arrival.

The author of more than a dozen novels and story collections as well as books of poetry and nonfiction, Banks has received many literary honors and awards, including Guggenheim and NEA grants, the St. Lawrence Prize for fiction, the Ingram Merrill Award, the John Dos Passos Award and the Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His novels Continental Drift and Cloudsplitter were Pulitzer Prize finalists; Affliction, Cloudsplitter and Lost Memory of Skin were PEN/Faulkner Finalists.

"Each year, we seek to bring a new and exciting literary voice to this community," said Linda Kass, chairwoman of the BCBC, in a release announcing the selection. "Russell Banks is a prolific and fearless writer with a powerful American voice for which he has earned an international reputation. His deep concern for the alienated and disenfranchised, for those without a voice, resonated for us in our choice of Russell Banks as our BCBC selected author this year."

Two of Banks' novels, Affliction and The Sweet Hereafter, were adapted into feature films which received widespread critical acclaim. James Coburn won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and Nick Nolte was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor for their roles in Affliction. The Sweet Hereafter won three awards, including the Grand Prix and the International Critics Award at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival.

Banks also is the author of Dreaming Up America, an American edition of his nonfiction book of essays which was previously published in France under the title Amerique Notre Histoire.

In addition, Banks has contributed poems, stories, and essays to The Boston Globe Magazine, Vanity Fair, The New York Times Book Review, Esquire, Harper's and other publications.

To encourage discussion as readers explore Banks' work throughout the year, the BCBC will host a series of book-related events in partnership with other community organizations. A literary salon, a film screening and a critics' panel discussion are some of the events on tap. A full calendar of events will be released in August, along with the BCBC Sponsors and Community Partners for 2014.

Tickets for "An Evening With Russell Banks" are available by calling 614-338-2093.

For more information regarding the author, visit bexleyeducationfoundation.org.

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