Apr. 06, 2017

    Ohioana Book Festival

    It’s here! Hope you have time on Saturday to join us for the Ohioana Book Festival! It’s free! This is the 11th one, and we’re just as thrilled and psyched for this event as we were for the first one in 2007! (Isn’t the poster fantastic? It’s the creation of Lindsay Ward. She’s going to be at the festival too!) ... Read More
    Mar. 23, 2017

    Happy Spring!

    It’s here! Spring is here! On Monday, did you run outside and beat on the ground with a stick to tell the earth to wake up? And some daffodils were blooming on Monday. Did you pick one and eat it? No? *Whew!* Good move! They’re not edible! Although someone at Ohioana did indeed eat one and nothing bad happened. It was planted on top of ... Read More
    Mar. 15, 2017

    Good Luck and Bad Luck

    March is a month when we remember fate and destiny. Or the lack of fate and destiny. Sometimes, things just happen. March 15 is famous for being the Ides of March, or the middle of the month. It’s the day that Julius Caesar was assassinated by members of his senate. It’s memorable to the English-speaking world because of William Shakespeare’s ... Read More
    Mar. 08, 2017

    Happy International Women’s Day!

    Pretty much says it all, doesn’t it? Nothing worthwhile happens overnight and change takes time — and work. Lots and lots of work. In politics, Ohio can make a proud claim: Victoria Woodhull (1838-1927) was the first woman to run for president of the United States. There’s some discussion about the legitimacy of her bid for office: Woodhull was under ... Read More
    Mar. 01, 2017

    The New Kid in Town

    It’s so exciting to have a new bookstore in town! Gramercy Books in Columbus suburb city Bexley opened its doors just about six weeks ago. What? Aren’t independent bookstores dead? Didn’t they get buried in the rise of the big box stores like Barnes & Noble and Borders? Yes and no. Borders, of course, is gone. And you can buy ... Read More
    Feb. 22, 2017

    The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

    People all over central Ohio are crossing the days off on their calendars and getting their wish list together. But it’s not the first month of winter and the days are getting longer, not shorter. So what are we talking about? It’s spring in Columbus and that means the Ohioana Book Festival is fast approaching! If you haven’t yet jotted down ... Read More
    Feb. 15, 2017

    Ohio is for book lovers

    The bad news: Valentine’s Day was yesterday. The good news: Valentine’s candy is on sale and the cost of long-stemmed red roses is back down to pre-holiday levels. The better news: In Ohio, love is always in the air. February is still winter and the nights are still cold, speaking of the air. But you can warm up since Ohio ... Read More
    Feb. 01, 2017

    Hello World!

    Hello to our Ohioana friends and family! Hope you are doing well and taking time to read lots of great books by Ohioans, about Ohio, or both! We’re re-animating the Ohioana blog and will provide weekly updates on all things Ohioana: • The 2017 Book Festival • Other Ohioana events • Oldies but goodies from the collection • The latest ... Read More