The author of “Thirteen Reasons Why,” which has been made into a popular but controversial Netflix television series, is coming to Columbia this month.
Jay Asher will be on hand from 2:30-5:30 p.m. June 17 at Richland Library Main, 1431 Assembly St. The award-winning writer plans to read excerpts from his books as well as talk about his career and writing background. A question-and-answer session is set to follow the discussion.
In addition, attendees have an opportunity to buy some of Asher’s books, including “What Light” that just hit bookshelves in December, and have the author sign them.
The best-selling “Thirteen Reasons Why” follows a high school student as he uncovers why his former classmate and crush committed suicide. The only clues come from a shoebox of cassette tapes detailing the 13 people she blames for her death.
Originally published in 2007, the Chicago Tribune describes “Thirteen Reasons Why” as “eerie, beautiful and devastating” while the New York Times portrays it as “a stealthy hit with staying power ... thriller-like pacing.”
The novel was adapted into a Netflix television series in March. It is considered one of the most watched Netflix television series of all time, and a second series is currently in the works.
Because the novel and Netflix television series focus on the controversial and emotional topic of suicide, especially among teenagers, Richland Library also plans to include informational tables for the South Carolina Youth Suicide Prevention Initiative and Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands.
San Luis Obispo contributed.