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Richard Ford, Author Visit | April 23

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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 23 at Capital University's Mees Hall to hear Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Ford. In this special evening event, Richard Ford will discuss his life and career followed by an onstage conversation with author and Pulitzer Prize finalist Lee Martin.

Writing since the 1970s, Mr. Ford is recognized as one of America's greatest living authors. His novel, The Sportswriter, was named by Time Magazine as one of the best 100 books written in English since the magazine's inception. He won the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Prize for his novel Independence Day, the first novel to ever win both prizes, and he was also named a Pulitzer Prize finalist for Let Me Be Frank With You. His most recent book, Between Them, is a beautiful and stirring memoir of his parents. And an eagerly anticipated film adaptation of Ford’s novel Wildlife, directed by Paul Dano and starring Carey Mulligan and Jake Gyllenhaal, released in October 2018 to critical acclaim.


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.)

Richard Ford will speak, followed by a Q&A. An onstage meet & greet will follow. Mr. Ford will not be signing books onstage. Some signed copies of Richard Ford's works 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 to meet Mr. Ford by row, continuing from front to back.

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


Sponsors will be added regularly. If interested in sponsorship, contact Ken Flower (614.545.6942).

Benefactor Sponsors

Giant Eagle Market District

Lead Sponsors

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

Literary Sponsors

Bexley Bed + Breakfast- Mautz Family, Barbara & David Brandt, KeyBank, Thomas & Christine Farquhar, Stolz-Mead Global Advertising

Community Partners

Bexley City Schools, Bexley Community Foundation, Capital University, Drexel Theatre, & Gramercy Books

Media Partner

WCBE 90.5 FM


Born in Jackson, Mississippi in 1944, Richard Ford grew up between there and Little Rock, Arkansas. He is a graduate of Michigan State University. After college, he spent one uncomfortable semester in law school at Washington University in St. Louis before finding his way to the University of California, Irvine, where he earned an MFA in writing under the tutelage of Oakley Hall and E.L. Doctorow. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Ford has taught at Williams, Princeton, and Harvard, and is at present Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University. His writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Le Monde, The Irish Times, and Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, among other places. He lives in Maine with his wife, Kristina.

Praise for Richard Ford

One of his generation’s most eloquent voices.
—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

Ford brings the early Hemingway to mind. Not many writers can survive the comparison. Ford can.
—Peter S. Prescott

[Ford writes] with a level of linguistic mastery that is rivaled by few, if any, in American letters today.
—Andre Dubus III, The New York Times Book Review

A Babe Ruth of novelists…. One of the finest curators of the great American living museum.

The Washington Post Book World

Richard Ford is a daring and intelligent novelist with an extraordinary ear for dialogue and the ability to create everyday life with stunning accuracy.

The New York Times Book Review

One of the finest stylists and most humane storytellers in America.

Ron Charles, The Washington Post


Will books will be available for purchase?

Copies of Richard Ford'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 meet & greet work?

Everyone will have the opportunity to participate in the meet & greet. Guests will be released by row, continuing from front to back.

Mr. Ford will not be signing books during the meet & greet, but signed copies of his work will be available for sale from Gramercy Books.

"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 meet & greet 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.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

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

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