Since the first Ohioana Book Festival was held with ten authors in 2007, the festival has given readers the opportunity to connect with their favorite Ohio writers. In 2016 we will welcome 120 authors and illustrators to the festival. See below for a schedule of panel discussions and activities.

Pre-Festival Author Appearances

The following programs and activities featuring Ohioana Book Festival authors take place before the main event on April 23.

Media Appearances
April 20, 9:45 a.m.
Del Sroufe
Good Day Columbus (WTTE-TV Fox 28)

April 20, 8:00 p.m.
John Scalzi
Craft: Exploring Creativity (WCBE 90.5)

April 21, 11:00 a.m – noon
Nancy Roe Pimm and Robin Yocum
Morning Exchange (VOICECorps)

April 22, 11:00 a.m. – noon
Mark Dawidziak and Robin Yocum
All Sides Weekend with Christopher Purdy (WOSU 89.7)

April 22, 11:00 a.m. – noon
Amanda Flower and Yolonda Tonette Sanders
Morning Exchange (VOICECorps)

Live Appearances
April 12, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Nancy Roe Pimm
Westland Area Library

April 14, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Matt Betts
Westland Area Library

April 18, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
David Catrow
Westerville Public Library

April 19, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m
Leah Stewart
Clifton Branch Library (Cincinnati)

April 21, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Dara Naraghi, Natalie D. Richards, and Maggie Smith
Pickerington Public Library

April 21, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Yolonda Tonette Sanders and Andrew Welsh-Huggins
Westerville Public Library

April 21, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Amit Majmudar, Mindy McGinnis, and David Meyers
Upper Arlington Public Library, Tremont Branch

April 22, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
John Scalzi
Westerville Public Library


Book Signings

Visit the Sheraton ballroom throughout the day to meet your favorite Ohio authors and get signed books. Barnes & Noble, our official bookseller, will be running an on-site bookstore throughout the day.

Poetry in the Plaza

Join us in the Plaza Lounge (second floor) to hear festival poets recite and discuss their poetry in a relaxed setting.

1:30 Darren C. Demaree
1:45 Judith Moffett
2:00 Margie Shaheed
2:15 Jeff Gundy
2:30 Alison Stine
2:45 Maggie Smith
3:00 John Philip Drury
3:15 Jill Bialosky
3:30 Amit Majmudar

Panel Discussions and Roundtables

Hear your favorite authors talk about their books and their writing process, and ask them questions.
10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Urban Fantasy and Dystopia
Matt Betts, Laura Bickle, Lissa Bryan, Josef Matulich, Terri-Lynne Smiles
Legislative Room A

Mystery, Thrills, and Suspense I
Dan Andriacco, Shelley Costa, Yolonda Tonette Sanders, Sam Thomas, Andrew Welsh-Huggins
Legislative Room B

Ohio Stories: People and Places
Christine Hayes, Doug Motz, Karen A. Patterson, Cathy Hester Seckman, James A. Willis
House Room A

Writing and Publishing for Young Readers I
Louise Borden, Tim Bowers, Julie Drew, Linda Gondosch, Rafael Rosado, Tricia Springstubb
House Room B

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

From Another Realm: Paranormal, Science Fiction, and Fantasy
Kelley Grant, Dara Naraghi, John Scalzi, Tara Tyler
Legislative Room A

Extraordinary Men, Extraordinary Times: Roosevelt and Rhodes
Douglas Brinkley, Tom Diemer, Lee Leonard
Legislative Room B

The Power of Words: Poetry
Amit Majmudar, Michael J. Rosen, Maggie Smith, Alison Stine, Jacqueline Woodson
House Room A

Plants: In the Garden and on the Table
Pamela Bennett, Dawn Combs, Del Sroufe, Maria Zampini
House Room B

12:45 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

How We Write, What We Write
Jill Bialosky, Mark Dawidziak, Amanda Flower, Leah Stewart, Robin Yocum
Legislative Room A

Mystery, Thrills, and Suspense II
Carrie Bebris, Duffy Brown, Karen Harper, Nancy Herriman, Kylie Logan
Legislative Room B

True Stories: The Strange and the Sensational
Jennifer Bowers Bahney, Richard O Jones, Wendy Koile, David Meyers, Jane Ann Turzillo
House Room A

Writing Nonfiction for Young Readers
Mary Kay Carson, Marianne Dyson, Kerrie Logan Hollihan, Nancy Roe Pimm, Julie K. Rubini, Carmella Van Vleet
House Room B

2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

The Creative Life
Chuck Ayers, Tom Batiuk, David Catrow, Ann Hagedorn, Mindy McGinnis
Legislative Room A

Horror, Suspense, and the Supernatural
Kevin P. Keating, Tim McWhorter, Mark Rigney, Lucy A. Snyder
Legislative Room B

Historical Fiction: Stories Set in Real Places and Times
John B. Kachuba, Lisa Karon Richardson, Cindy Thomson, R.G. Yoho
House Room A

Writing and Publishing for Young Readers II
Rachele Alpine, Carole Gerber, Anne Vittur Kennedy, Brandon Marie Miller, Marilyn Sadler, Kathy Cannon Wiechman
House Room B

3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Publishing: The Insider’s Guide
Deanna R. Adams, Mark Clark, David M. Gold, Rick Huard
Legislative Room A

Mystery, Thrills, and Suspense III
Alan Cupp, Mary Ellis, John Hegenberger, Eliot Parker, D.M. Pulley
Legislative Room B

The Story Behind the Story: Fiction Roundtable
M.B. Earnheardt, Robin Gianna, Sherri Hayes, KaraLynne Mackrory, Donna MacMeans
House Room A

Talking Sports
Timothy L. Hudak, Jonathan Knight, Teddy Kremer, Diane Lang, Hal McCoy
House Room B