The Ohioana Book Festival, Coming Soon

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?

Come To The Ohioana Book Festival!

It is a brisk and gusty day in Columbus — a perfect day for an indoor activity like the Ohioana Book Festival.  The program begins at 10 a.m., and the schedule for the day’s events is here.

I’ll be spending most of the day at the Board table, welcoming book lovers, answering questions, and handing out tote bags to new members.  I will also have the opportunity to introduce authors who will be giving readings from their works in the main room.  If you’re interested in books and listening to some interesting discussions, stop by at the State Library, 274 East First Street, just north of downtown Columbus.

Ohio Books And Authors

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.

2010 Ohioana Book Festival

The planning for the 2010 Ohioana Book Festival is well underway.  The Festival will be held on Saturday, May 8 at the Ohioana and State Library Building at 274 East First Avenue, just north of downtown Columbus.

Ohioana recently confirmed 10 featured authors for the Festival, and it is a pretty cool and diverse group.  The ten are, in alphabetical order, David Catrow, Dan Chaon, Jennifer Chiaverini, Lori Foster, Nikki Giovanni, Andrew Hudgins, Angela Johnson, Lisa Klein, David Lee Morgan, Jr., and Ted Rall.  So, you have a great mix of poets, novelist, political cartoonists, illustrators, a children’s author, and a sportswriter, all of whom have strong Ohio connections.

The Festival is an excellent opportunity to listen to people who care about writing and books, to browse the works of Ohio writers and poets, and to listen to presentations by individual authors and artists as well as panel discussions on a wide range of topics.  Last year’s Festival was a great success, and this year’s Festival promises to be even better.

Ohioana Book Festival

I’ve been a Board member for the Ohioana Library Association for a long time. Today we had our third Book Festival. It was a smashing success. People from all walks of life came to buy books, listen to readings and lectures, and meet their favorite authors. R.L. Stine, who is a very nice man, was one of the featured authors, and he is like a rock star to his many young fans.

The Festival is free, and it is a wonderful time if you like books. Kish and I listened to a funny reading and talk by Jeff Smith, the creator of the graphic novel BONE and a fan of MAD magazine, I attended a memorable panel discussion by two authors about writing memoirs, listened to a readings by various authors, and had a chance to chat with other writers. It is fascinating to listen to authors talk about their craft, and this kind of event makes me feel good about my home state. Truly creative people have a special energy about them, and it is inspiring to bask a bit in their reflected genius.