Aug. 08, 2019

    Anniversary of Ohio’s Man on the Moon

    Fifty years ago this summer the course of history was changed forever. On July 20th, 1969, Neil Armstrong was the first person to set foot on the moon. This pivotal moment came after decades of preparation and planning and was a true feat of science and engineering – a remarkable achievement. The whole world watched on as the moment was ... Read More
    Jul. 17, 2019

    Announcing the 2019 Ohioana Award Winners!

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    It’s that time of year again! It’s to the pleasure of everyone at Ohioana to announce the 2019 Ohioana Awards. Every year, the Awards recognize an outstanding title in Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, About Ohio/Ohioan, Middle Grade/Young Adult Literature, Juvenile Literature. Readers are also invited to have their voices heard in voting for the Readers’ Choice Award. In addition, a young ... Read More
    May. 17, 2019

    Ohioana Announces 2019 Book Award Finalists

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    Winners will be announced in July, awards presented at Ohio Statehouse on October 17 Columbus, OH – May 17, 2019 —The Ohioana Library has announced the finalists for the 2019 Ohioana Book Awards. First given in 1942, the awards are the second oldest state literary prizes in the nation and honor outstanding works by Ohio authors in five categories: Fiction, Poetry, ... Read More
    May. 07, 2019

    A Statement from Ohioana

    The Ohioana Library Association thanks everyone who has expressed their views and concerns regarding diversity in our programming, particularly the 2018 Ohioana Book Awards held last October at the Ohio Statehouse, and the 2019 Ohioana Book Festival, held on April 27 at Columbus Metropolitan Library’s Main Library. This year marks Ohioana’s 90th anniversary. Throughout our history, Ohioana has served diverse ... Read More
    Mar. 08, 2019

    Remembering Ellis Avery

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    (Ellis Avery at the 2013 Ohioana Book Festival, photo credit Elizabeth Nihiser) March is Women’s History Month, and today happens to be International Women’s Day. So it seems fitting to pay tribute to one extraordinary woman and writer, Ellis Avery. Sadly, Ellis passed away on February 15, at the young age of 46. In 2002, Ellis received the Ohioana Walter ... Read More
    Feb. 28, 2019

    Celebrating a Forgotten Author for Black History Month

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    A near capacity crowd was on hand February 20 as Ohioana presented, “From Prison to Prominence: The Life and Literary Work of Chester Himes” at the Martin Luther King, Jr. branch of Columbus Metropolitan Library. Author Yolonda Tonette Sanders, the creator of the “Protective Detective” mystery series, conceived the program, in which she “interviewed” Chester Himes, portrayed by Columbus actor ... Read More
    Dec. 21, 2018

    Happy Holidays from Ohioana

    With 2018 winding down, it’s time to look back on the past year and all that has been accomplished. For Ohioana, 2018 was filled with many memorable and record breaking events. Read about them below, and check out our photo gallery of Ohioana’s 2018 In Review! Winter • Governor John Kasich named 2012 Ohioana Poetry Book Award winner Dave Lucas ... Read More
    Dec. 03, 2018

    Poetry reviews

    We can all use a little more poetry in our lives … maybe a LOT more poetry. And since we want everyone who reads the Ohioana Quarterly to become familiar with our Ohio poets, we want more poetry reviews. We’ve been thinking about how to get more of those reviews into the OQ, so we’re taking a moment here in ... Read More
    Nov. 26, 2018


    Tomorrow is #GivingTuesday, an inspiring day of generosity across the globe. We hope you’ll support your favorite nonprofit organizations, including the Ohioana Library Association. Celebrating its 90th anniversary in 2019, Ohioana connects thousands of readers with Ohio writers through programs including the Ohioana Book Festival, the Ohioana Awards, and the Ohioana Quarterly, and promotes our state as one of America’s great ... Read More