This post is written by Claudia Plumley, Marketing Manager for Experience Columbus.

Festival season is my favorite time of the year in Columbus. And being an English major, the Ohioana Book Festival on May 11 is one of my very favorites.

More than 100 Ohio authors will be there this year – all of whom have recently been published. Some are household names, like Columbus Dispatch sportswriter Bob Hunter, who released the aptly titled Saint Woody: The History and Fanaticism of Ohio State Football.

34308-400x300There are lots of chances to meet the authors. A book fair runs all day and all of the authors will participate on panel discussions. Topics range from romance novels and true crime to what a writer’s life is really like. Get your seat early if you want to hear from Arnett Howard talk about his new book, Ohio Jazz: A History of Jazz in the Buckeye State. One of Columbus’ most beloved local musicians, he attracted crowds of literary and music fans last year.

And, if you’re an aspiring author, this is the place to be. There’s a panel discussion on the oh so important topic of how to get published. (It’s not as easy as you might think!)

Of course, if books aren’t your thing – come for the food trucks. Several of Columbus’ most popular trucks will be there all day, including Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, Mikey’s Late Night Slice and The Green Meanie.