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Bexley Community Book Club

Literary salon starts series related to Banks' visit

Five Central Ohio authors will read selections from their work when the Bexley Community Book Club holds a salon-style literary gathering at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Columbus this month.

The event is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, with a guest list that includes Donald Ray Pollock, author of Knockemstiff; poets Andrew Hudgins and Charlene Fix; prize-winning story writer Margot Singer and performance poet Scott Woods.

The literary salon will be moderated by poet and former radio host Fred Andrle.

The event also includes a Readers Theatre performance featuring local actors Clara Hirsch, Frederick M. Luper and Jared Saltman reading two scenes from The Sweet Hereafter by Russell Banks.

"Central Ohio is fortunate to have an abundance of gifted artists," Linda Kass, BCBC chairwoman, said in a press release. "We are thrilled to showcase their talent at our annual Literary Salon."

The salon will kick off an eight-month series of events celebrating and exploring literature and the work of Russell Banks, the book club's 2014 Selected Author.

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 and Lost Memory of Skin were PEN/Faulkner Finalists. Other titles by Banks include: The Sweet Hereafter, The Darling, Success Stories, Searching for Survivors, Trailerpark, The Book of Jamaica, The New World, Hamilton Stark and The Reserve.

Banks will be in Bexley in April for two days of events that will include a dinner with BCBC sponsors, a half-day of workshops with Bexley High School students and a public lecture at Bexley High School's Schottenstein Theatre at 7:30 p.m. April 29.

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Other BCBC events for 2013-2014 will include two literary panel discussions, one at the Thurber Center on Nov. 21, and one at Bexley Public Library on Jan. 28, along with a film screening and critics' panel at the Drexel Theatre on March 26.

Admission to the Sept. 10 Literary Salon is free.