2024 Book Festival Schedule

Since the first Ohioana Book Festival was held with ten authors in 2007, the festival has given readers the opportunity to connect with Ohio authors & illustrators. Join us this year at Columbus Metropolitan Library’s Main Library on April 20th, 10:30am-5pm!

For the full PROGRAM, click here.

Authors and Illustrators in the Community

Some of our programs and activities featuring Ohioana Book Festival authors & illustrators take place before and after the main event, beginning on April 11, 2024, through the end of the month. All are free and open to the public!

Thursday, April 11, 7:00 pm

Virtual "Middle Grade Thrills and Chills" Panel with Vilnius Oorte, Wolfgang Parker, Natalie D. Richards, and Erik Jon Slangerup 

Hosted by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Central & Southern Ohio Chapter

Watch the replay here!

Wednesday, April 17, 2:00 pm

Library Visit with Lucy A. Snyder

Columbus Metropolitan Library's South High Branch

Thursday, April 18, 1:00 pm

Library Visit with Darren C. Demaree

Columbus Metropolitan Library's Whetstone Branch

Thursday, April 18, 4:00 pm

Library Visit with Carlotta Penn

Columbus Metropolitan Library's Hilltop Branch

Thursday, April 18, 6:30 pm

Library Visit with David Meyers

Columbus Metropolitan Library's Northside Branch

Friday, April 19, 11:00 am

Library Visit with Nita Sweeney

Columbus Metropolitan Library's New Albany Branch

Friday, April 19, 2:00 pm

Library Visit with Olivia Matthews

Columbus Metropolitan Library's Karl Road Branch

Friday, April 19, 4:00 pm

Storytime and Book Signing with e.E. Charlton-Trujillo

Cover to Cover Books for Young Readers

Sunday, April 21, 1:00 pm

Storytime and Book Signing with Julia Kuo

Cover to Cover Books for Young Readers

Sunday, April 21, 2:00 pm

Library Visit with Mariel Jungkunz

Columbus Metropolitan Library's Whitehall Branch

Monday, April 22, 11:00 am

Library Visit with Linda Kass

Columbus Metropolitan Library's Hilliard Branch

Monday, April 22, 2:00 pm

Library Visit with D.M. Guay

Columbus Metropolitan Library's South High Branch

Monday, April 22, 6:30 pm

Library Visit with Paula Johnson Neal

Columbus Metropolitan Library's Gahanna Branch

Monday, April 22, 7:00 pm

Poetry Reading with Cindy Juyoung Ok

Streetlight Guild, Columbus, Ohio

Wednesday, April 24, 4:00 pm

Library Visit with Carlotta Penn

Columbus Metropolitan Library's Whetstone Branch

Saturday, April 27, 10:30 am

Bookstore Visit with Tim Bowers

Paragraphs Bookstore, Mount Vernon, Ohio

Saturday, April 27, 12:00 pm

Bookstore Visit with Marcy Campbell

Paragraphs Bookstore, Mount Vernon, Ohio

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Ohioana Book Festival Schedule, April 20, 2o24

Book Signings

10:30am – 5:00pm

Meet your favorite authors and get your books signed, throughout the festival.

Reading Room, 2nd Floor

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Author Panels

Panel Session One: 10:45am-11:30am

Adults Can Choose to Read Ohio Too!

Celebrate Ohio literature with these four authors from various Choose to Read Ohio book lists. They will discuss their writing processes and their unique books of various genres, ranging from novels to memoir and biography.

Panelists: David Giffels, Katrina Kittle, Amit Majmudar, Thrity Umrigar


Empowering Children Through Picture Books 

These panelists will offer insights on writing about topics that empower children, from learning about historical figures and events to encouraging literacy as kids begin to read. This discussion is a must for children, parents, teachers, and aspiring authors!

Panelists: e.E. Charlton-Trujillo, Katie Mazeika, Carlotta Penn & Debbie Rigaud

Room 1A

Writing Horror 

Think horror is just for films? Think again! These five authors will explore the many ways they include horror in their unique books, which span a variety of genres.

Panelists: Kalynn Applewhite, Maxwell I. Gold, Leanna Renee Hieber, Natalie D. Richards, Lucy A. Snyder

Room 2B

History of Food

Pizza, pickles, and apple pie, Buckeyes, food trucks, and ice cream, oh my! Prepare to be hungry as two authors discuss their food-themed books during this live recording of WCBE’s Craft—The Show with host Doug Dangler.

Panelists: Renee Casteel Cook, David Rickert

Room 3A

Panel Session Two: 12:00pm – 12:45pm

Ohio Center for the Book Presents Page Count Live

Join host Laura Maylene Walter for a live recording of Ohio Center for the Book’s Page Count podcast, featuring two award-winning authors from Choose to Read Ohio book lists. The authors will discuss their latest books, There’s Always This Year: On Basketball and Remember Us.

Sponsored by: Ohio Humanities

Panelists: Hanif Abdurraqib, Jacqueline Woodson


Fiction Inspired by True Events 

These authors find inspiration in real people, places, and events. Come hear them talk about the unique opportunities and complications they encounter while writing historical fiction.

Panelists: Tom Batiuk, Patti Flinn, John Kachuba, Linda Kass, Claire McMillan

Room 1A

True Crime in Ohio 

Four writers discuss their true crime books and writing processes, and remind us that sometimes, truth is scarier than fiction!

Panelists: Jane Bond, Mark Sebastian Jordan, Robinson D. Lizano Briceño, Jane Ann Turzillo

Room 2B

Comics for Kids

Comics fans, assemble! Learn all about writing and illustrating comics for young readers (and the young at heart) during this live recording of WCBE’s Craft—The Show with host Doug Dangler.

Panelists: Annie Hunter Eriksen, Wes Molebash

Room 3A

Panel Session Three: 1:15pm – 2:00pm

Illustrating for Young Readers

Join four illustrators for a discussion about their creative processes and picture books. The panelists will explore how creating stories through images isn’t always easy, but it is always fun!

Panelists: Jashar Awan, Tim Bowers, Daniel Kirk, Tracy Subisak


Mystery Most Marvelous

From suspenseful to cozy, historical to modern, these mystery writers create stories that keep us on the edge of our seats. Come hear them chat about their writing processes and how they put their own spin on the genre.

Panelists: Karina Bartow, Erin Flanagan, Anastasia Hastings, Olivia Matthews

Room 1A

Exploring Social Issues in Nonfiction

From memoir to research-based narrative, these authors confront the good, the bad, and the complicated as they take on society in their books, addressing a wide range of social issues.

Panelists: Athena Dixon, Tameka N. Ellington, Kelcey Ervick, Sarah Stankorb

Room 2B

Panel Session Four: 2:30pm – 3:15pm

Writing for Young Adult Readers

These three panelists will discuss their books for Young Adult readers, and why they find the genre so compelling. Join them as they discuss their unique books ranging romance, fantasy, and mystery.

Panelists: David Arnold, Cinda Williams Chima, Mindy McGinnis


Ohio History

Join these authors for a look into the rich and varied history of the Buckeye State. This panel is an Ohioana special, and these authors are experts at making history come to life!

Sponsored by: America 250-Ohio

Panelists: Jamie C. Capuzza, Conrade C. Hinds, David Meyers & Elise Meyers Walker, Timothy R. W. Jordan

Room 1A

Women’s Fiction

Four authors will talk about their work, their favorite female-focused reads, and why representation of fictional women as powerful protagonists is critical for women and girls today.

Panelists: Amanda Flower, Janyce Denise Glasper, Anna Lee Huber, Jessica Strawser

Room 2B

Debut Poetry

To write a book is a remarkable‚ÄĮachievement, but to get it published and on bookstore and library shelves is no easy task! Two authors will discuss the triumphs and tribulations of writing and publishing their debut poetry collections during this live recording of WCBE’s Craft—The Show with host Doug Dangler.

Panelists: Carolyn Grace, Sandra Rivers-Gill

Room 3A

Panel Session Five: 3:45pm – 4:30pm

Middle Grade Fiction 

These Choose to Read Ohio authors will discuss writing for a Middle Grade audience, from crafting storylines to writing authentic and relatable characters. Featuring a panel of award-winning authors of books for Middle Grade readers, this is a session you won’t want to miss!

Panelists: Jenn Bishop, Margaret Peterson Haddix, Terri Libenson, Andrea Wang


Celebrating Floyd’s Pick

Floyd’s Pick is an award presented in memory of children’s literature expert, advocate, and librarian Floyd Dickman, given annually to a book by an Ohio author or illustrator that is representative of high-quality literature created for children. The current Floyd’s Pick award winner and past honorees will discuss their books and inspirations, and the importance of storytelling.

Sponsored by: State Library of Ohio

Panelists: Kate Hoefler, Aya Khalil, Julia Kuo, Dinara Mirtalipova

Room 1A

Women in Appalachian Poetry

Five poets will reveal their processes for writing poetry, and how their perspectives as women from and living in Appalachia is reflected in their work.

Sponsored by: Ohio Arts Council

Panelists: Kari Gunter-Seymour, Wendy McVicker, Cathy Cultice Lentes, Deni Naffziger, & Jessica Weyer-Bentley

Room 2B

Debut Fiction

The path to publication can be long and winding, and every author must follow their own map to success. Join two fiction authors as they discuss their publication journeys and debut novels during this live recording of WCBE’s Craft—The Show with host Doug Dangler.

Panelists: H. M. S. Brown, M. C. Jeter

Room 3A

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Kids' Room Author and Illustrator Visits

Live story times, drawing demonstrations, and activities for children in the afternoon on the day of the festival, APRIL 20. (lineup subject to change)

12:30 p.m.: Nomar Perez

1:00 p.m.: Mary Kay Carson

1:30 p.m.: Keturah A. Bobo

2:00 p.m.: Michelle Houts

2:30 p.m.: Jane & Will Hillenbrand

3:00 p.m.: Oge Mora

3:30 p.m.: Jeffrey Ebbeler

4:00 p.m.: Carmella Van Vleet

4:30 p.m.: Marcy Campbell

Children’s Area, 1st Floor

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At-a-Glance Schedule

A schedule of all the panels and programs during the Ohioana Book Festival on April 20.

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Food Trucks

11:30am – 3:00pm

Flavor 91 Bistro and Tortilla Street Food

Kaufman Plaza on Library Park North

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Media Appearances

Everyone is talking about the Ohioana Book Festival! Discover what authors have to say about their books, writing processes, and love for Ohio--plus, learn about what makes the Festival such a great event. All of these interviews will be published and broadcast before the Festival, if you're too excited to wait until April 20!

NBC4 Today Features Author Paula Johnson Neal on their Author Series

Watch the segment here

Page Count Podcast previews the Ohioana Book Festival 

Listen to the full episode (feat. an interview with Ohioana Executive Director David Weaver) on Ohio Center for the Book's website

The Lantern (OSU) article on the benefits of reading and the Ohioana Book Festival

Read the full article on The Lantern's website

Dayton Daily News article says the Ohioana Book Festival is "worth the drive"!

Read the full article in the Dayton Daily News

Craft: Exploring Creativity featuring Nita Sweeney

Wednesday, April 3, 8:00 pm

Hosted by: Doug Dangler

Listen to the full interview now on Craft's website

Craft: Exploring Creativity featuring Jillian Scudder

Wednesday, April 10, 8:00 pm

Hosted by: Doug Dangler

Listen to the full interview now on Craft's website

Columbus Underground interview with author D. M. Guay

Read the full interview on the Columbus Underground website and read about her Ohio inspirations!

Craft: Exploring Creativity featuring Zoë Brigley

Wednesday, April 17, 8:00 pm

Hosted by: Doug Dangler

 Listen to the full interview now on Craft's website

VoiceCorps featuring Darren C. Demaree, Charlene Fix, and D. M. Guay

Thursday, April 18, 11:00 am

Hosted by David Weaver

Listen live at VoiceCorps.org

VoiceCorps featuring Namara L. Dafney, Sandra Gurvis, and Raul Ramos y Sanchez

Friday, April 19, 11:00 am

Hosted by David Weaver

Listen live at VoiceCorps.org