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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Craig M. Chavis , Jr.
Craig M. Chavis Jr. is an award-winning author and interdisciplinary coach on a mission to help entrepreneurs discover, embrace, and transform their purpose into profits. At the core of Craig’s coaching philosophy lies the mantra – Become the Entrepreneur of Your Life. Through this lens, he coaches through an alternative and holistic perspective cultivated from over a decade of first-hand experience launching and managing multiple businesses in Ghana, Costa Rica, Peru, and the United States of America. He is a serial entrepreneur, a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, a former division-1 collegiate athlete, and received his BSBA from Samford University and MBA from the University of Tampa. Craig is also a super foodie, world traveler, lifelong learner, and currently resides in Columbus, OH.
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.
Patrick Chiles has been fascinated by aircraft, rockets, and spaceflight ever since he was a child transfixed by the Apollo missions. How he ended up as an English major in college is still a mystery, though he managed to overcome this to pursue a career in aviation operations and safety management. He is a graduate of The Citadel, a Marine Corps veteran, and a private pilot. In addition to his novels, he has written for magazines including Smithsonian’s Air & Space. He currently resides in Central Ohio with his wife and two lethargic dachshunds.
Cinda Williams Chima
Ohio-born author Cinda Williams Chima nearly failed first grade because she was always daydreaming. By junior high, she got in trouble for writing novels in class. Yet the magic of books took her from first grade failure to first generation college graduate to New York Times best-selling author of the Seven Realms, Heir Chronicles, and Shattered Realms teen fantasy series. Her newest series launched in November, 2022 with Children of Ragnarok (Balzer&Bray, HarperCollins.) It marries Norse mythology and magic with swordplay, romance and cut-throat politics. Find her website here: https://cindachima.com
Afia Chrappah was born in Accra, Ghana and immigrated to Columbus, Ohio at the age of five. Her experiences in the American education system span from being a student at various public schools and universities to making the transition into educator and School Social Worker. Through her work, she has been able to transform the lives of youth through social justice focused advocacy, literature, and activism. Afia is currently working to give voice to the experiences of African immigrant children and other marginalized groups through the lens of Social Work and Social Entrepreneurship. Her first book “The Journey of Ama Ketewa ” is Afia’s personal perspective on the hope and challenge that can be experienced when starting life anew. Learn more at: https://www.ketewastorytelling.com
Nancy Christie is the author of two award-winning short story collections: Traveling Left of Center and Other Stories and Peripheral Visions and Other Stories (both published by Unsolicited Press), and three non-fiction books: The Gifts of Change (Atria/Beyond Words) and two award-winning books for writers—Rut-Busting Book for Writers and Rut-Busting Book for Authors (both published by Mill City Press).…Read More
Nancy Christie is the author of two award-winning short story collections: Traveling Left of Center and Other Stories and Peripheral Visions and Other Stories (both published by Unsolicited Press), and three non-fiction books: The Gifts of Change (Atria/Beyond Words) and two award-winning books for writers—Rut-Busting Book for Writers and Rut-Busting Book for Authors (both published by Mill City Press). Her debut novel, Reinventing Rita, (the first in her Midlife Moxie novel series) will be out June 2023 through BookBaby, and her third fiction collection, Mistletoe Magic and Other Holiday Tales, will be released late 2023 by Unsolicited Press.
Peripheral Visions and Other Stories was a Bronze award winner in the 2020 Foreword INDIES competition, a finalist in The Eric Hoffer Award 2021 competition, a finalist in the 2020 N. N. Light Book Awards – Short Story category and a second-place winner in the Florida Writers Association 2018 Royal Palm Literary Awards (RPLA) competition. Traveling Left of Center and Other Stories was a runner-up in the 2016 Best Indie Book by Shelf Unbound. Rut-Busting Book for Authors was a finalist in both the 2019 American Book Fest competition and the Independent Author Network 2020 Book of the Year as well as a 2019 Readers’ Favorite 5-Star award-winner. Rut-Busting Book for Writers was a 2018 Notable Indie by Shelf Unbound and finalist in the 2018 American Book Fest competition. Nancy is also the host of the Living the Writing Life podcast. For more information, visit her website: https://www.nancychristie.com/.
Author and film historian Mark Clark writes about classic movies and TV shows. His works include Star Wars FAQ: Everything Left to Know about the Trilogy That Changed the Movies, Star Trek FAQ: Everything Left to Know about the First Voyages of the Starship Enterprise, which was named to one of Kirkus Reviews Ten Best Books of the Year lists and has gone into a second printing, Sixties Shockers: A Critical Filmography of Horror Cinema, 1960-69, and Smirk, Sneer, and Scream: Great Acting in Horror Cinema. He has also contributed essays and articles to many other books and magazines. In 2015, he won a Rondo Award for his movie and book reviews for Monsters from the Vault magazine. Mark is a graduate of the University of Louisville, a former film critic for the Louisville Courier-Journal, and a former teacher of film history and genre theory. He now resides in Mentor on the Lake, Ohio.