Wednesday, 1 May 2013

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The Ohioana Library Present:
Celebrating Ohio’s Authors, Saturday, May 11th

Columbus, Ohio
Over 100 authors, including ten designated as “featured,” will be at the Festival with books they have published within the past sixteen months. The main event will be held on Saturday, May 11th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center, 546 Jack Gibbs Blvd., near downtown Columbus and the Short North. The Festival is FREE and open to the public with no tickets or advance registration required. As our bookseller, Barnes & Noble will have books by all of the participating authors for sale at the Festival.

Festival Programs- will include than thirty panel and roundtable discussions on a variety of topics. Festival authors will take part in conversations about their own literary influences, the writing life, and the creative process. The featured authors will participate in the following panels.

·         Real People, Real Stories – Ellis Avery, Bob Hunter

·         Mentors& Muses:  Literary & Artistic Influences – Robert Olmstead, P. Craig Russell

·         How We Write, What We Write – Carla Buckley, Raul Ramos y Sanchez

·         The Writing Life – Emilie Richards, Sharon Short

·         The Creative Life – Rae Carson, Daniel Kirk


Other panels and roundtables will cover specific genres, publishing, and other writing and reading related topics.  We will present two panels built around the Choose to Read Ohio titles, and a roundtable on Ohioana’s new “On the Road” program. Additional panels will explore children’s literature and poetry, along with several “behind-the-scenes” opportunities for new

writers to find out more about how to get published. The program schedule will soon be available online at 

“We are excited to have so many nationally recognized authors participating in our 2013 Festival.  They are all Ohioans by birth or residents with books that have been published in the 
past year,” Hengst said. “They represent every major literary field and genre – fiction (mystery, romance, fantasy, science fiction, and literary fiction), nonfiction (memoirs, history, essays, and cook books), poetry and books for children and young adults.”   

Additional festival activities will include a special children’s room with programs designed to entertain young readers. Many of the featured and festival authors will make personal appearances in the children’s area.  

Several of Columbus’ award-winning food trucks will be onsite to serve Book Festival-goers: Ajumama, Green Meanie, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, Mikey’s Late Night Slice, and Short North Bagel Deli 

The most recent books published by the festival authors will be available at the on-site Barnes and Noble Bookstore.


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