The Upper Arlington Community Foundation and Upper Arlington Public Library will continue their partnership of bringing nationally known authors to the community Oct. 14 when Amor Towles will speak about his writing at 2 p.m. at Upper Arlington High School, 1650 Ridgeview Road.
Around 1,600 tickets went on sale Aug. 1, and an additional 120 were made available for those who want to be part of a more intimate meet-and-greet with Towles during a VIP reception at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 14 at the Amelita Morolo Barn at Sunny 95 Park, 4395 Carriage Hill Lane.
Ticket prices for Towles' UAHS appearance range from $10 to $35; tickets can be purchased at ualibrary.org or by paying cash at the Main Library's Adult Services Desk, 2800 Tremont Road.
Towles, who was born and raised in the Boston area, lives in Manhattan.
He became a novelist after 20 years in the investment business. His first novel, "Rules of Civility," was published by Viking/Penguin in 2011 and became a New York Times best-seller and was rated one of the 10 best works of fiction that year by the Wall Street Journal.
Towles followed that up with "A Gentleman in Moscow," the story of a Russian aristocrat living for more than 30 years under house arrest in a luxury hotel. That novel, published in 2016, also was a New York Times best-seller and was named one of the best books of 2016 by the Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, San Francisco Chronicle and NPR.
"A Gentleman in Moscow" currently is being made into a television miniseries.
"The process to select an author is always somewhat complicated, but this year the choice was easy," said Jennifer Faure, the library's community engagement specialist. "Both of the books written by Amor Towles have spent significant periods of time on the bestseller list and have been popular with book clubs.
"His most recent book, 'A Gentleman in Moscow,' spent over a year on the New York Times bestseller list and is being made into a television mini-series so we felt that Amor Towles would be a good choice. That gut feeling was validated when we sent out our list of potential authors via survey for all library staff to vote on and Amor Towles was the runaway winner."
During his UAHS appearance, Towles is expected to discuss his latest book and his writing. There also will be opportunities for attendees to ask questions and have Towles sign copies of his books.
The VIP brunch will be hosted by the UA Community Foundation.
"The author visits are a truly unique experience," Faure said. "When a book really resonates with a reader, it's common for people to feel a connection with that author. There's something really special about getting the chance to hear from an author that has impacted you. It's enjoyable even for those that haven't read the author's books yet."
Those wanting to purchase Towles' books can do so and support the Ann Royce Moore Fund, which helps fund the UA Author Visit Series, by going through Gramercy Books.
Gramercy Books' representatives will be at the Oct. 14 event to sell the books, and those wanting to secure copies in advance can do so at gramercybooksbexley.com. Gramercy will donate 20 percent of all purchases to the Ann Royce Moore Fund.
"The UA library and the UA Community Foundation have been partnering on these author visits since 2012," Faure said. "The fund was established in honor of our past director, Ann Royce Moore, so that we can bring quality authors to the community.
"We've had a great experience working together on these visits and I would imagine that we'll continue working on these together for as long as we have the funds to bring authors to the community."
Faure said local residents have embraced the series so much that events often sell out.
She encouraged those wishing to attend the VIP reception for Towles or his appearance at UAHS to reserve tickets soon.
Additional information about Towles also is available at www.amortowles.com.