On the heels of the release of his third novel, a New York Times bestselling author will visit Upper Arlington on Oct. 1.
For his third novel, "Love and Other Consolation Prizes," which was released Sept. 12, Montana author Jamie Ford imagines the life of a boy named Ernest, a Chinese baby who was 1 month old when someone attempted to raffle him off at Seattle's first world's fair, the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition of 1909.
Although no formal topics have been set, it's likely Ford will discuss the novel and its characters during his visit to Upper Arlington High School at 3 p.m. Oct. 1.
The event is part of the Upper Arlington Author Series, which regularly brings professional authors to the community through a partnership between the Upper Arlington Public Library and the Upper Arlington Community Foundation.
Jennifer Faure, the library's community engagement specialist, said Ford was selected, in part, because he's a well-established, popular author with a new book out.
He's also someone the author series partners believed would create a great live experience due to the stories of his books and his humor, as well as his penchant for discussing social issues.
"Jamie Ford has been a popular author among book clubs for the past eight years and his new book, 'Love and Other Consolation Prizes,' looks like it will be another favorite for the book clubs," Faure said. "While his books always tell an excellent story, they explore important themes of racism, prejudice and the intricacies of the human spirit.
"Given the national discourse about racism, prejudice and immigration, I think that his books and this talk are very timely."
Ford's previous novels were "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet," a New York Times bestseller, and "Songs of Willow Frost."
Those books, as well as his latest, are works of historical fiction that delve into the Chinese American experience.
"The author has a reputation for being a very funny and entertaining speaker, so while I anticipate that he'll address some of the serious topics from his novels, I think his overall presentation will leave people feeling inspired and engaged," Faure said.
Ford's UAHS appearance will include a keynote speech and a question-and-answer period. He'll also take part in a 4 p.m. book signing.
Ticket prices for that portion of the program range from $10 to $35, depending on seat location in the high school's 1,500-seat auditorium.
As of Sept. 15, there also were 37 tickets remaining to a reception with Ford, which will offer food, drinks and an opportunity for guests to speak to Ford "in a smaller, more intimate setting."
Reception tickets cost $50.
Tickets for Ford's UAHS appearance and the reception are available online at ualibrary.org.
Tracy Harbold, executive director of the UA Community Foundation, said her organization and library officials are looking forward to the latest installment of the Upper Arlington Author Series.
"The Upper Arlington Community Foundation's mission is to enhance the quality of life of our residents in many ways," Harbold said. "In 2012, the Upper Arlington Public Library and the Upper Arlington Community Foundation formed a partnership and a fund was established at the Upper Arlington Community Foundation in honor of Ann Royce Moore, who was retiring from her long tenure as the director of the Upper Arlington Public Library.
"The Ann Royce Moore fund was established to bring quality authors to the Upper Arlington community."