Ohio Author Profiles
Ohio has a rich literary heritage as well as some wonderful contemporary authors. Learn more about them here! You can sort by various categories and see who has participated in our annual book festival by using the category search on the left, or search by keyword (including partial author names) by using the search field on the right.
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Jody Casella is a former high school English teacher. Her first novel, Thin Space, a paranormal YA mystery published by Beyond Words/Simon & Schuster, received a starred review from Kirkus. She lives with her husband and two teenagers in Columbus, Ohio. In addition to writing books, she visits schools, libraries, and book clubs to talk about the creative/revision process. Visit her website at http://www.jodycasella.com.
Anna Cates is a graduate of Indiana State University (M.A. English and Ph.D. Curriculum & Instruction/English) and National University (M.F.A. Creative Writing). Her first collections of poetry and fiction, The Meaning of Life and The Frog King, were published by Cyberwit Press, and her second poetry collection, The Darkroom, by Prolific Press. She lives in Ohio with her two beautiful kitties and teaches education and English online, including graduate courses in creative writing.
Anna Cates’ Amazon author’s homepage: https://www.amazon.com/A.-Cates/e/B006TGBCT2
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David Catrow is the writer and illustrator of the Scholastic Easy-Reader series Max Spaniel, inspired by the life and stories of a dear family pet. He created the visual development for the 20th Century Fox feature Horton Hears a Who (2008). Throughout his career David has written or illustrated over seventy notable and award winning books and has twice been honored by the New York Times with the Best Illustrated Book of the Year award. In 2009, David was presented the Isaac Scott Hathaway Award in recognition of his body of work. In a past life, David was a nine-time winner of the Cox Award for editorial cartooning and has been syndicated to more than 900 newspapers, including the New York Times, Washington Post, and USA Today. He lives in Springfield with his wife Deborah and their dogs Beetle, Blu, and Tubbs.
Dan Chaon is a novelist and O. Henry Award-winning short story writer. His Await Your Reply was named one of the Ten Best Books of 2009 by Publisher’s Weekly. In 2001, he was a National Book Award finalist for his collection of short stories entitled Among the Missing. He was honored by the American Academy of Arts & Letters in 2006, and in 2009 was selected as a “Choose to Read Ohio” author for his book You Remind Me of Me. Chaon lives in Cleveland Heights and teaches creative writing at Oberlin College.
e.E. Charlton-Trujillo is the author of Fat Angie, winner of the 2014 Stonewall Book Award. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly called it a hard-hitting novel “that swings between incredibly painful low moments and hard-won victories.” Kirkus Reviews praised the book for its “entrancingly eccentric prose.” e.E. Charlton-Trujillo lives in California.
Julie Chase is a mystery-loving pet enthusiast who hopes to make readers smile. She lives in rural Ohio with her husband and three small children. Julie is a member of the International Thriller Writers (ITW) and Sisters in Crime (SinC). She is represented by Jill Marsal of Marsal Lyons Literary Agency. Julie also writes as Julie Anne Lindsey.
Jeff Chenault is an author, producer and music historian. His first book, published by The History Press, was Kahiki Supper Club: A Polynesian Paradise in Columbus, Ohio, co-written with David Meyers, Elise Meyers-Walker and Doug Motz. Jeff has also written for multiple publications, including Cool and Strange Music Magazine, Bachelor Pad Magazine, Tiki Magazine and Exotica Moderne. He is currently producing a series of rare Exotica music for Dionysus Records.
The child of Hungarian immigrants, Andrea Cheng was raised in Cincinnati, Ohio in an extended family with three generations under one roof. She and her family spoke both Hungarian and English at home. After graduating with a BA in English from Cornell University, Cheng went to Switzerland, where she apprenticed to a bookbinder, attended a school of bookbinding called The Centro del Bel Libro, and learned French.…Read More
The child of Hungarian immigrants, Andrea Cheng was raised in Cincinnati, Ohio in an extended family with three generations under one roof. She and her family spoke both Hungarian and English at home. After graduating with a BA in English from Cornell University, Cheng went to Switzerland, where she apprenticed to a bookbinder, attended a school of bookbinding called The Centro del Bel Libro, and learned French. Upon her return, she went back to Cornell to study Chinese and got her MS in linguistics. Now, Cheng teaches English as a Second Language at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College and writes children’s books including Grandfather Counts, Marika, The Key Collection, Honeysuckle House, Where the Steps Were, The Bear Makers, and Brushing Mom’s Hair. Cheng lives in Cincinnati with her husband Jim. They have three children: Nicholas, Jane, and Ann. Visit Andrea online at http://www.andreacheng.com/.
An honors graduate of Yale and Cambridge, Ron Chernow is one of the most distinguished commentators on politics, business, and finance in America today. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has hailed him as “one of the pre-eminent biographers of his generation” and Fortune magazine has dubbed him “America’s best business biographer.” His first book, The House of Morgan, won the National Book Award as the best nonfiction book of 1990 and is considered a modern classic. The Modern Library Board voted it one of the 100 best nonfiction books published in the twentieth century. His second book, The Warburgs, won the prestigious George S. Eccles Prize for the best business book of 1993 and was cited by the American Library Association as one of the year’s ten best works. In reviewing his 1997 collection of essays, The Death of the Banker, The New York Times called Mr. Chernow “as elegant an architect of monumental histories as we’ve seen in decades.” His 1998 biography of John D. Rockefeller, entitled Titan, was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award for biography and remained on The New York Times bestseller list for sixteen weeks. Both the Times and Time magazine voted it one of the ten best books of the year, while The Times of London praised it as “one of the great American biographies.”
Mr. Chernow’s much anticipated biography of Alexander Hamilton was published by The Penguin Press in April 2004 to extraordinary acclaim. The New York Times praised it as “moving and masterly…by far the best biography ever written about the man” while USA Today hailed it as “a must-read. Ron Chernow’s masterpiece.” Excerpted by Business Week and chosen as the main selection of both The Book-of-the-Month Club and the History Book Club, the book spent three months on the New York Times bestseller list and was the first recipient of the George Washington Book Prize for the year’s best book about the founding era. It was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award in biography.
In October 2010, The Penguin Press published Mr. Chernow’s long-awaited biography of George Washington to outstanding reviews. It was the main selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club as well as the History and Military Book Clubs. Excerpted by the Smithsonian magazine, the book spent five weeks on The New York Times bestseller list. The Wall Street Journal named the book one of the year’s ten best and The New York Times included it among its notable books of 2010. It has been nominated for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in History. Writing in The New York Review of Books, Gordon Wood praised the work as “the best, most comprehensive, and most balanced single-volume biography of Washington ever written.” In March 2011, the New-York Historical Society gave the book the coveted American History Book Prize for the best book about American history published in 2010. The award also endowed Mr. Chernow with the honorary title of American Historian Laureate.
A frequent contributor to The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, Mr. Chernow is a familiar figure on national radio and television shows and has appeared in numerous documentaries. He lives in Brooklyn, New York and recently served as president of PEN American Center, the country’s pre-eminent organization of authors. In recent years, he has received honorary doctorates from Marymount Manhattan College, Hamilton College, and Long Island University.
Jennifer Chiaverini is the New York Times bestselling author of Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker, Fates and Traitors, and other acclaimed works of historical fiction, as well as the beloved Elm Creek Quilts series. She lives with her husband and two sons in Madison, Wisconsin.