Free, Free, Free!

The Ohioana Book Festival is today.  It’s forecast to be a rainy, stormy day in Columbus, and already the rain is pelting down and beating against the windowpane.  That means it’s perfect for a trip to the Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center downtown for the eighth edition of the the Festival.  Doors open at 9:45 a.m., and events begin at 10 a.m.

The Festival is free to the public.  That’s right — free!  It’s like a public library in that way, something good that’s open and available to everyone regardless of their personal circumstances.  In an era where fees and charges seem to be added for just about everything, how many great things are free?  The Ohioana Book Festival is one of them.  Last year more than 3,000 people came, and many of them were families who enjoyed a fun event that didn’t hurt their budget.

Here’s your chance to get some enlightenment and insight without making a dent in your wallet.  The list of events offers something of interest to everyone, whether you are an aspiring author, a mystery buff, a sci-fi geek, or someone who loves to cook good food.  The panel discussions are always interesting, and in between you’ll have a chance to browse through a huge array of books, meet authors and hear what they have to say, and nosh on the offerings of some of Columbus’ best food trucks.  Stop by, Columbus!

Books, Books, Authors, Food Trucks, Books

Get out your calendars, your book bags, and your wallets. The 2014 Ohioana Book Festival is less than a month away.

IMG_3700This year’s festival will be held on Saturday, May 10, 2014 at the Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center in downtown Columbus. The doors will open at 10 a.m. and close at 4:30, and in between the readers among us will be able to browse through a wide array of books, meet authors, listen to writers talk about their craft, and enjoy an interesting assortment of food trucks when their physical hunger overwhelms their intellectual curiosity. You can keep track of the authors, and the Festival schedule, here.

If you’re interested in volunteering at the Festival, you can information about available positions and activities here. Book festival volunteers will receive a cool Ohioana Book Festival t-shirt, as well as the undying gratitude of Ohioana staffers and Board members.