The Jack Ridl Visiting Writers Series of Hope College will feature fiction writer Karen Joy Fowler on Wednesday, April 16, at 7 p.m. at the Knickerbocker Theatre.

Fowler will also be featured in a question-and-answer discussion session on Wednesday, April 16, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the DeWitt Center Herrick Room.

The public is invited to both the afternoon session and the reading. Admission is free.

Karen Joy Fowler is the author of several novels and short story collections, including "The Jane Austen Book Club," a novel widely popular with readers and critics alike. Alice Sebold has called the book "a luxuriant pleasure," and Michael Dirda wrote in "The Washington Post Book World" that "Karen Joy Fowler creates a novel that is so winning, so touching, so delicately, slyly witty that admirers of Persuasion and Emma will simply sigh with happiness." Fowler's earlier work is well-known to fans of literary science fiction and fantasy, and she has won many awards, including a Nebula Award from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. "The Jane Austen Book Club" was recently adapted into a major motion picture starring Lynn Redgrave, Maria Bello, and Hugh Dancy.

The Hope College Jazz Ensemble will precede the reading at the Knickerbocker with a 6:30 p.m. performance.

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The DeWitt Center is located at 141 E. 12th St., facing Columbia Avenue at 12th Street. The Knickerbocker Theatre is located in downtown Holland at 86 E. Eighth St.