Who's ready for Books by the Banks?

Barney Saltzberg, the author and illustrator of Beautiful Oops!, Good Egg, the bestselling Touch and Feel Kisses series, and nearly 40 other children’s books will be back again this year. His latest book is A Little Bit of Oomph! Image Credit:  booksbythebanks.org
There are all kinds of festivals, but the geek-gal in me is jumping up and down for this one; Books by the Banks in Cincinnati, Ohio!


This Saturday (October 12th) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Duke Energy Convention Center, come and get your book-worm on!  Did I mention it's FREE? This is the place where those of us who still get all warm and fuzzy over the smell of ink on paper, and the feel of a real book in our hands can overload on geekiness.  Find all kinds of books at this festival to include romance, mystery, regional cookbooks, and more. 

This year, Books by the Banks features the following authors who will be signing copies of their bestsellers. (Check out the new panel for "Writing and Getting Published")

Author & Panel Sessions
11:00 a.m.
Author Spotlight: R.J. Palacio
Room 206
“Cincinnati Perspectives: Views of the City through Photography, Architecture and the Arts”
Barbara and David Day, Michael Keating, David Lyman
Room 207 | 208
“Contemporary Fiction”
Marjorie Celona, Eric Goodman, Courtney Elizabeth Mauk, Leah Stewart
Room 211
“The Book of Questions”
Gregory Stock
Room 212

12:00 p.m.
Author Spotlight: James McBride
Room 206
“Unlikely Loves: Heartwarming True Stories from the Animal Kingdom”
Jennifer Holland
Room 207 | 208
“Mysteries, Suspense and Thrillers”
Dan Andriacco, Duffy Brown, Geoffrey Girard, Anna Lee Huber, Natalie Richards
Room 211
“Festivals to Fine Dining: Writing About Local Food”
Cheri Brinkman, Todd Kelly, Dann Woellert
Room 212

1:00 p.m.

Author Spotlight: Maria Semple
Room 206
“Bacon Nation with Marie Rama”
Marie Rama
Room 207 | 208
“Paranormal Fiction”
R.S. Belcher, Laura Bickle, Lynn Hightower, E.S. Moore, Ellen Schreiber, Shiloh Walker
Room 211
“Writing and Illustrating Comics and Graphic Novels”
Matt Kish, Gene Yang
Room 212

2:00 p.m.

Author Spotlight: Stuart Woods
Room 206
“Handcrafted Cocktails with Molly Wellmann”
Molly Wellmann
Room 207 | 208
Author Spotlight: Graeme Simsion
Room 211
“YA Fiction in a Flash”
Emma Carlson Berne, Jamie Blair, Jody Casella, Cinda Williams Chima, Liz Coley, Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon, Rebekah Crane, Lisa Klein, Maureen Lipinski, Mindy McGinnis, Jennifer McGowan, Tim Mettey
Room 212
Writing and Getting Published Sessions
10:30-11:15 a.m.
“Writing and Illustrating Childrens’ Books”
Andrea Cheng, Janeen Coyle, Tammie Lyon, Peter McCarty, Connie Remlinger Trounstine
Room 230

11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
“Social Media and Digital Promotion for Writers”
Brian Klems, Chuck Sambucino, K.A. Simpson
Room 230

1:30-2:15 p.m.
“Writing with an Editor’s Eye”
Janice Gary, RJ Smith, Brian Trapp
Room 230

2:30-3:15 p.m.
“Writing the Outdoors”
Jeff Alt, Deborah Kohl Kremer, Robert Loewendick
Room 230

11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
“Workshops for Kids with the Wordplay Creative Writing Center”
Room 231

Here's a sample of some of the books/authors you'll find in children's fiction, fiction, non-fiction, local/regional, and more.  (Full list here)

Tim Bowers
Memoirs of a Hamster

Cheri Brinkman
Cincinnati and Soup: Festivals and Frolics: Classic Cincinnati Festival Recipes
Todd Kelly
Todd Kelly’s Orchids at Palm Court
Dan Andriacco
The 1895 Murder

R.S. Belcher
Six-Gun Tarot

Michael Keating
Cincinnati Shadow & Light
Catie Hartsfield
The Year of the Cicadas
Brian Klems
Oh Boy, You’re Having a Girl: A Dad’s Survival Guide to Raising Daughters

Hit a real high note with something entertaining for the kids!  "Books by the Banks is thrilled to have the Cincinnati Opera appearing in the Kids’ Corner with an 11am performance of “Let’s Cook Up An Opera.... The cast features soprano Samantha Stinson, mezzo-soprano Audrey Walstrom, tenor Jonathan Zeng, and baritone Nick Ward. The show is directed by Omer Ben Seadia, with accompaniment by Carol Walker."

Support Books by the Banks

Download and print this 20% coupon for your purchases at Joseph-Beth & Brontë Bistro to go to support Books By The Banks.  What a great way to help support this annual festival.

Enjoy a day of great books, meeting the authors, participating in panel discussions, educating the kids in a fun and family-friendly way, and even indulging in some great food to be found all around the Duke Energy Convention Center.  (To see what's available for dining, click here).

Are you ready?