Pulitzer Prize-winning author Elizabeth Strout will take the stage of Capital University's Mees Hall at 7 p.m. April 26 as the featured speaker for the 2018 Bexley Community Author Series.

Strout's appearance fulfills the goal of regularly bringing nationally recognized writers to Bexley, said Hallie Raskin, executive director of the Bexley Community Foundation, which funds the series.

"I think it's a wonderful experience that allows residents, students, people in Bexley to have an opportunity to see a best-selling author in our community. It doesn't happen every day," she said. "It's a really special event."

The series is a collaboration among the foundation, the Bexley Public Library and Bexley-based Gramercy Books, which will make Strout's books available for purchase and signing following her presentation.

The library took over organizing the Bexley Community Author Series from the Bexley Education Foundation last year, when Colson Whitehead, another Pulitzer Prize recipient, addressed a sold-out audience at Bexley High School.

To select this year's author, the library assembled a committee that included library staff, Gramercy founder and author Linda Kass and community members who are staunch literacy advocates, said Ken Flower, the library's director of advancement and community relations.

"We were looking for somebody who already had several books published and was well-received," he said. "With Elizabeth Strout, we knew people would be excited to learn from her and hear her speak."

During the event, Strout will discuss her most recent works and her writing process. Her remarks will be followed by a question-and-answer session and book signing.

Ivonne Garcia, a Bexley resident and Kenyon College English professor, will lead the question session.

Strout's latest novel, "Anything is Possible," became a New York Times bestseller upon its release in May 2017.

Her 2009 Pulitzer Prize-winning short-story collection "Olive Kitteridge," was adapted into an Emmy-winning HBO miniseries starring Frances McDormand, who recently won the Best Actress Academy Award for the movie "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri."

Tickets for the Community Author Series are $15, but students can reserve free tickets with school identification.

"We'd love to have high school, college students join us," Flower said.

The Community Author Series bolsters Bexley's image as a community of learners, Raskin said.

"We have an amazing library and great schools. We have a college campus (Capital University)," she said.

The Community Author Series "promotes lifelong learning, which is something the foundation really supports," Raskin said.

For tickets and more information, visit elizabethstrout.eventbrite.com.

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