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Elizabeth Strout, Author Visit | April 26

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Mees Hall

East Mound Street

Bexley, OH 43209

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Bexley Public Library invites you to join us on April 26 at Capital University's Mees Hall to hear Pulitzer Prize-winning author Elizabeth Strout. In this special evening event, Elizabeth Strout will reflect on her most recent works and her writing process, followed by a Q&A. Her latest book, Anything is Possible, was released in May 2017 and quickly joined the New York Times Bestseller list. It recalls the structure and complexity of her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Olive Kitteridge while returning to the unforgettable cast of characters in the bestselling My Name is Lucy Barton. The Washington Post wrote, “These stories return Strout to the core of what she does more magnanimously than anyone else, which is to render quiet portraits of the indignities and disappointments of normal life, and the moments of grace and kindness we are gifted in response.”


Location: Capital University's Mees Hall
Address: East Mount Street Bexley, OH 43209
Time: 7:00 pm
Cost: $15 and $10 ticket options (see seating chart). Student tickets are free with valid Student ID (Students must still reserve their seat through Eventbrite and then present their student ID at the door.)

Elizabeth Strout will speak, followed by a Q&A. A book signing will follow. Additionally, copies of Elizabeth Strout's works, including Olive Kitteridge, My Name is Lucy Barton, and Anything is Possible, will be available for purchase before and after the program courtesy of Gramercy Books.

Doors open and seating begins at 6pm. Guests will be released for the book signing by row, continuing from front to back. Limit of 3 signed books per person.

Accommodations can be made in advance for guests with disabilities. For more information, contact authorseries@bexleylibrary.org.


Benefactor Sponsor

Giant Eagle Market District

Lead Sponsors

Paige & Michael Crane, Linda & Frank Kass, The Friends of Bexley Public Library, Whitehall Bexley Rotary Club Foundation

Literary Sponsors:

Bexley Bed & Breakfast, James Garland & Carol Andreae, David & Barbara Brandt, Thomas & Christine Farquhar, LSS Kensington Place, KeyBank, Stolz-Mead Advertising, Corde Robinson & Grant Morrow, Susan Tomasky & Ron Ungvarsky, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, US Realty Consultants, Inc., Vorys, Sater, Seymour, and Pease LLP

Community Partners:

Bexley City Schools, Bexley Community Foundation, Capital University, Gramercy Books

Media Partner

WCBE 90.5 FM


Elizabeth Strout won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for fiction with her short story collection, Olive Kitteridge, which was also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction. Her 2016 novel My Name is Lucy Barton, became a #1 New York Times bestseller and was longlisted for the 2016 Man Booker Prize. Her first novel, Amy and Isabelle, won the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction and the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize, and was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and for the Orange Prize in England. Her second novel, Abide with Me, was a national bestseller and a Book Sense pick. Additionally, Strout’s novel The Burgess Boys was a New York Times Bestseller and named one of the best books of the year by The Washington Post. Her short stories have been published in a number of magazines, including The New Yorker and O: The Oprah Magazine. Olive Kitteridge was adapted into an Emmy Award-winning HBO miniseries starring Frances McDormand, Richard Jenkins, and Bill Murray. The Burgess Boys has also been optioned by HBO and Robert Redford for a miniseries. Elizabeth Strout lives in New York City. To learn more, visit: www.elizabethstrout.com

Praise for Anything Is Possible

“Readers who loved My Name Is Lucy Barton . . . are in for a real treat. . . . Strout is a master of the story cycle form. . . . She paints cumulative portraits of the heartache and soul of small-town America by giving each of her characters a turn under her sympathetic spotlight.”—NPR

“These stories return Strout to the core of what she does more magnanimously than anyone else.”The Washington Post

“In this wise and accomplished book, pain and healing exist in perpetual dependence, like feuding siblings.”—The Wall Street Journal

Praise for My Name is Lucy Barton

“Spectacular . . . Smart and cagey in every way. It is both a book of withholdings and a book of great openness and wisdom. . . . [Strout] is in supreme and magnificent command of this novel at all times.”

—Lily King, The Washington Post

“There is not a scintilla of sentimentality in this exquisite novel. Instead, in its careful words and vibrating silences, My Name Is Lucy Barton offers us a rare wealth of emotion, from darkest suffering to—‘I was so happy. Oh, I was happy’—simple joy.”—Claire Messud, The New York Times Book Review

“An aching, illuminating look at mother-daughter devotion.”People

“Magnificent.” Ann Patchett


Will books will be available for purchase?

Copies of Elizabeth Strout's books will be available for purchase before and after the program courtesy of Gramercy Books.

I'm a teacher and would like to request seats for my students.

Teachers interested in bringing groups of students should contact the Library: (614) 545-6942 or authorseries@bexleylibrary.org.

Can I purchase a ticket at the door?

If the event is not yet full, you may purchase a ticket onsite. Please know that there are a limited number of seats and that ticket availability may be limited. No entry is allowed without a ticket.

May I choose my seat?

Yes, you may select your seats based on what is available.

Can accommodations be made for guests with disabilities?

Guests with disabilities may contact the Library to request tickets with handicap-accessible seating or to request any other necessary accommodations: (614) 545-6942 or authorseries@bexleylibrary.org.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

You may bring your printed or electronic ticket to check-in at the event.

What time does seating begin?

Doors open and seating begins at 6:00 pm.

How does the book signing work?

Everyone will have the opportunity to participate in the book signing. Guests will be released by row, continuing from front to back.

Books will be available for purchase courtesy of Gramercy Books. Guests are also welcome to bring personal copies for signing. Limit of 3 books per guest.

"Action" photos of you having your book signed by the author are welcome. If time allows, posed photos may be requested after the book signing is completed.

Please note that the book signings may take some time. These are large events and the author is given the opportunity to interact with guests as they choose, so lines may be long.

Can I get my book signed without purchasing a ticket?

No. To be eligible for the book signing, you must have a ticket to the event.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Contact the Library at (614) 545-6942 or authorseries@bexleylibrary.org.

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