Although "The Mothers" is a story about a secret, anyone who has read it can't keep quiet about it.

Even before the novel was published last fall, the author, Brit Bennett, was named an honoree of the National Book Foundation's 5 Under 35 program, which highlights the work of young literary talents. She was nominated by Jacqueline Woodson, the National Book Award-winning author of "Brown Girl Dreaming."

After "The Mothers" was released, it quickly became a New York Times bestseller and was nominated for a number of awards, including the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction and the National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Award.

Bennett will visit Worthington on June 27 as part of Worthington Libraries' Hear & Now series. She'll talk about her book, which focuses on the tangled destinies of three young people growing up in a tight-knit African-American community in Southern California, at 7 p.m. at the McConnell Arts Center, 777 Evening St.

She'll also discuss current projects. While at work on her second novel, Bennett also is developing a screenplay for a film adaptation of "The Mothers," to be produced by actress Kerry Washington.

Although "The Mothers" is her first book, Bennett is no stranger to writing.

Her essays have been featured in the New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine and the Paris Review.

Tickets for Bennett's presentation, which include admission to a 6 p.m. meet-the-author reception, may be purchased for $15 at the McConnell Arts Center; by phone at 614-431-0329 and online at

Hillary Kline is a communications specialist for Worthington Libraries.