Celebrate Ohio's authors at Ohioana Book Festival
May 5, 2009
Festival season is upon us, and it's my favorite time of the year in Columbus. Being an English major, the Ohioana Book Festival on May 9 is one of my very favorites.
More than 70 Ohio authors will be there - all of whom have recently been published. Some are household names, like children's favorite R.L. Stine, who wrote the Goosebumps series. Jeff Smith, author of the award-winning graphic novel series Bone, will be back in Columbus for the event. His work was featured at the Wexner Center last year. (If you're a big fan, don't miss the Wexner's screening of The Cartoonist - a documentary about Smith showing May 22.)
There are lots of chances to meet the authors. A book fair runs all day and many of them will participate on panel discussions. Topics range from romance novels to what a writer's life is really like. 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.
My favorite part is listening to the authors read. All 70-some authors will give 10 minute readings from their latest books. Last year, I heard poetry, followed by fantasy, followed by a historical biography.
If you can't make it to the festival, you can still support it by book shopping this week. Download this Barnes & Noble voucher and use it at any B&N location in the country May 7-9. A percentage of the sale price will go to Ohioana.