The Bexley Community Book Club will present a literary forum, Does Fiction Matter in a Data-Driven Age?, at 7 p.m. Nov. 21 at the Thurber Center, 91 Jefferson Ave.
The program will examine the relevance of the novel and literary fiction at a time when so much communication takes the form of photos, 140-character tweets and six-second videos, and when individuals are increasingly seen as a collection of data points.
Panelists include: Mark Maxwell, store manager at Half Price Books on Bethel Road; James Phelan, distinguished university professor of English at Ohio State University; Kassie Rose, book critic for local NPR member station WOSU Public Media, 89.7 FM; and Rachel Rubin, director of Bexley Public Library.
Fred Andrle, former host of the WOSU radio show Open Line, will serve as moderator.
The BCBC Literary Forum is the second in a series of free, public events leading up to a visit from BCBC's 2014 Selected Author, Russell Banks, set for 7:30 p.m. April 29.
For more information go to bexleyeducationfoundation.org.