The Ohioana Book Festival is Saturday, May 8 at the Ohioana Library and State Library building at 274 E. First Avenue in Columbus. It promises to be an exceptional day, beginning at 10 a.m. and running until 4:30 p.m. There will be readings from authors, a chance to get books signed by authors, the presentation of awards to young writers, and a series of panel presentations.
All of the panel discussions look interesting, but some in particular have caught my eye. One is Mentors & Muses: The Writers and Books That Inspired Me, in which David Catrow and Martha Moody will discuss books and writers that inspired them. In my view, when people start talking about their favorites of anything, it is usually revealing. Another presentation that looks interesting for the same reason is How We Write, What We Write, in which Lisa Klein and Lucy A. Snyder will discuss their creative processes.
Ohio is full of really good writers, and the Ohioana Book Festival is a good way to get to know some of them. Information about the 2010 Ohioana Book Festival is available here.