This Saturday will be the 10th anniversary Ohioana Book Festival. It will be held at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Columbus and, as always, it’s free and open to everyone.
I went to the first Ohioana Book Festival, and it’s amazing how the event has grown over the past ten years. This year, more than 120 authors and illustrators will participate, Ohioana is expecting more than 4,000 attendees. The scope of the book festival has grown, too, with outreach activities, library visits, live readings and media appearances that start today. You can find the schedule of outreach events and the order of panel discussions and roundtables at the Ohioana Book Festival itself here.
I think this year’s Festival lineup is one of the best yet. I’ve always liked to listen to writers talk about writing, and this year I get a special treat: one of the writers I’ve discovered and enjoyed during the past year, John Scalzi, is on the program. I first became aware of him in December, when I felt the urge to read some science fiction, and I so enjoyed Old Man’s War that since then I’ve compulsively and greedily read through every book he’s written and even wrote a blog post about the hilarious Redshirts. His stuff is just terrific, and it will be fun to get a sense of what he’s like in person. (I’m also hoping, incidentally, that he’ll say a new installment in the Old Man’s War series is at the printer.)
The doors open at 10 a.m. on April 23, with the first break-out discussions beginning at 10:15. It’s a fun event, and a great place to buy books, too. I hope to see you there!