The eighth annual Books By The Banks: Cincinnati USA Book Festival will be held from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 11 at the Duke Energy Convention Center in downtown Cincinnati. More than 100 authors will be there to sign copies of their books and talk with interested readers. Categories of books represented include children’s, cookbooks, fiction, local interest, graphic novels, nonfiction, sports, travel, and young adult. Sponsors will have booths, and Joseph Beth Booksellers will have their own space where they will sell books. Other special features include author talks, Teen Scene, and a Kid’s Corner. There is also a series of speakers on writing and getting published.

Suspense novelist Gregory Girard at last year's Books By The Banks.

Cincinnati novelist Geoffrey Girard at last year’s Books By The Banks.

Each year Books By The Banks includes a number of nationally and internationally known authors. Prominent writers attending this year are Jasper Fforde, Marc Brown (know for his beloved children’s character Arthur), Emily Giffin, Hampton Sides, John Scalzi, and Matthew Holm.

Children's author Marc Brown.

Children’s author Marc Brown.

Here’s the website for Books By The Banks that is full of information. The press section of this website is rich with detail:

I will be there, taking it all in and snapping some pictures, and will feature this on Buckeyemuse the following week. If you’re in the Cincinnati area, hope you can get down there and check this out. It’s become an important literary event in the midwest.


Patrick Kerin