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Books for Lunch

2017-18 Books for Lunch Author Jane Smiley

A love for literature 

With a curriculum that promotes the joy of reading, our community is hungry for literary knowledge. Every year, we invite students and their parents to Books for Lunch—an event that brings nationally recognized, award-winning  authors to Seven Hills to discuss their work and inspire our community.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jane Smiley is Seven Hills’ Books for Lunch author for the 2017-18 school year. Mark your calendars for the 32nd annual event luncheon on Feb. 2, 2018, at Xavier University’s Cintas Center. Invitations will follow in early January. Smiley has written a wide array of novels that highlight her versatility as an author. She has been awarded several honors and distinctions in addition to her Pulitzer Prize for her 1991 novel, A Thousand Acres. “Most importantly for our students, Ms. Smiley is a dynamic creative writing professor,” said Books for Lunch co-chairs Beth Shaw and Amy DeWitt. “We are certain that the Seven Hills students will benefit from her ability to interact with young people who have a thirst for knowledge.”

More Information about Books For Lunch

All Seven Hills parents and faculty have received their Books for Lunch invitations. RSVPs can be made via the card enclosed in each invitation or by visiting Visitors to the website can purchase individual tickets, an entire table, or sponsor a teacher/student using a credit card. For questions, contact Shelly Smith at

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