Those who like books — and who could be more erudite than the hardy handful of readers of the Webner House blog? — have a treat in store. The 2011 Ohioana Book Festival is coming to the Fort Hayes campus in Columbus on Saturday, May 7, 2011. It’s going to be another great program — and it’s free. What could be better?
If you’ve never been to an Ohioana Book Festival, don’t admit it to me because I’ll just lose respect for you. Anyway, if you fall into that unfortunate category you’ve really missed some interesting stuff. At the Book Festival, you get to meet Ohio authors, listen to them give readings or address topics of interest, and ask them questions. I’ve enjoyed the individual presentations by certain authors, where they talk about what inspired them or how they came up with their ideas. I’ve been fascinated when writers who pursue different disciplines get together and bring their different perspectives to bear on a particular topic. And I’ve relished meeting the many enthusiastic bibliophiles who call Ohio home and who proudly claim reading as their passion.
One of the best things about the Ohioana Book Festival is the variety. This year, in the roster of featured authors alone, we’ve got mystery writers, a poet, a comic book artist, a crime fiction writer, a writer and an illustrator of children’s literature, and the author of a book called Cakes To Die For. What more do you need to know?