Readers from Bexley and beyond have been preparing for author Jonathan Safran Foer's visit for more than seven months.

Readers from Bexley and beyond have been preparing for author Jonathan Safran Foer's visit for more than seven months.

Since September 2011, the Bexley Community Book Club (BCBC) and its community partner organizations have hosted a Drexel Theatre film screening and discussion, a literary panel featuring scholars and writers from the OSU Creative Writing Program, an exhibit of artworks by students at Columbus College of Art and Design, a lecture and discussion on sustainable eating at Bexley Public Library, and two book discussion gatherings at the JCC of Greater Columbus.

In addition, most students at Bexley High School have come into contact with Foer's work in one or more of their classes.

All of those events have been built around the works of the young author, whose often visually inventive books include three novels, a memoir, short stories, an opera libretto and, most recently, a newly-edited American Haggadah.

Foer, who is best known for his novels "Everything is Illuminated" and "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close," is the BCBC's fifth annual "selected author." Past authors have been Billy Collins, Ann Patchett, Tobias Wolff and Pete Hamill.

On April 18, Foer will spend a day in Bexley, working with students at Bexley High School, attending a dinner with BCBC sponsors and patrons, and presenting a public lecture at Bexley High School's Schottenstein Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the public presentation are $20 in advance and can be purchased online at or by calling (614) 338-2093.

"Each year, we try to bring in new and exciting literary voices to our community," said Linda Kass, who chairs the Bexley Community Book Club. "The range of Jonathan Safran Foer's works and his unique approach to crafting a novel make him a compelling addition to our program. We are thrilled to have him as our fifth selected author."

"Everything Is Illuminated," which was published when the author was 25, was hailed as the "debut of the decade" and translated into 35 languages. It was named Book of the Year by The Los Angeles Times and won numerous awards, including the Guardian First Book Prize, the National Jewish Book Award, and the New York Public Library Young Lions Prize. It was made into a 2005 movie directed by Liev Schreiber and starring Elijah Wood.

His second novel, "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close," became a national and international bestseller and received the "Literature for Life Award," the Victoria and Albert Museum Award, and the Prix des Librairies du Quebec. A film based on the book and starring Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock and Max von Sydow, was released in late 2011 and was nominated for a Best Picture Oscar.

Foer's nonfiction book, "Eating Animals," an exploration of the folkloric, practical and moral implications in consuming meat, received similar accolades when released in.

Earlier this month, Foer released "The New American Haggadah." Foer edited the book, which features a new translation of the traditional Passover text by Nathan Englander and includes commentary by Jeffrey Goldberg, Lemony Snicket, Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, Nathaniel Deutsch and others. The book was designed and illustrated by the Israeli artist and calligrapher Oded Ezer.