Books by the Banks

Cincinnati’s very own book festival, Books by the Banks, is coming up next Saturday, November 1. There will be book signings and panel discussions with local and regional authors. The full program details are on the site. They also have a cool poster for the festival that you can see online and buy at the festival.

I think this is the second year they’ve had this festival. I went last year and perused a wide variety of books and heard Sharon Draper speak. She’s one of my favorite writers for young adults and was a long time teacher at Walnut Hills. Her book, Tears of a Tiger, facilitated one of my most rewarding teaching experiences (a good, uplifting story for another day).

This year I’m hoping to go to at least one of these panels while I’m there:

  • Staycation Ohio: The Local Travel Scene—Sandra Gurvis, Ohio Curiosities: Quirky Characters, Roadside Oddities & Other Offbeat Stuff; Randy McNutt, Ghosts: Ohio’s Haunted Landscapes, Lost Arts & Forgotten Places; and Felix Winternitz, Insider’s Guide to Cincinnati
    Because, as much as I like to make fun of the term staycation, I can always use a nearby, cheap trip.
  • Cincinnati Revealed: Arcadia Authors Uncover Local History—Christine Mersch, Price Hill; Sue Korn Wilson and Kathleen Mulloy Tamarkin, Images of America: Mt. Healthy
    The longer I live in this city, the more I’m interested in the history.
  • “Let me begin by saying…”: Debut Novels—James Braziel, Birmingham, 35 Miles and Alan Drew, Gardens of Water
    One of these days maybe I’ll get around to writing a debut novel.
  • The Short Story: Dead or Alive (We’d Like to Know)—Moira Crone, What Gets Into Us and Donald Ray
    Pollock, Knockemstiff

    I love to read and write short stories. They’re a tough market, but I don’t want them to die!

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