The 2023 Ohioana Book Festival Authors

January 11, 2023

Announcing the 2023 Ohioana Book Festival Authors!

2023 Ohioana Book Festival poster by Will Hillenbrand

We’re back!

Yes, the Ohioana Book Festival will once again be LIVE and IN PERSON this April . . . and you’re invited!

Join us as we present our 17th annual celebration of Ohio books and authors at the Columbus Metropolitan Library’s Main Library on Saturday, April 22, from 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

It will be a fun-filled day with panel discussions, conversations, readings, and activities, plus an on-site book fair with The Book Loft of German Village where you can shop for books by your favorite festival authors and get them signed!

In addition to the main event, we’ll be presenting a number of outreach programs with community partners from all around Ohio. As we like to say, there’s something for every reader of every age at the Ohioana Book Festival!

Our thanks to Will Hillenbrand for creating this year’s festival poster, with its delightful “Buckeye Readers.” Will is just one of the more than 120 Ohio authors and illustrators who will be featured at this year’s event – see the complete list below.*

In the coming weeks, we’ll be adding more festival news and information on our website, blog, newsletter, and social media—be sure to check them often!

Mark your calendars now for April 22. We’ll see you at the festival!


Karina Bartow

Tom Batiuk

Sara Siddiqui Chansarkar

Terreece M. Clarke

Abby Collette

Karin Cecile Davidson

Jen Devon

Srirupa Dhar

Meredith Doench

Alex Erickson

Erin Flanagan

Patti Flinn

Amanda Flower

Eileen Curley Hammond

Anastasia Hastings (aka Kylie Logan/Casey Daniels)

Nancy Herriman

Leanna Renee Hieber

Kip Knott

Jen Knox

Kathryn Long

Olivia Matthews

Josef Matulich

Jess Montgomery

Kerry Rea

Emilia Rosa

Jerry Roth

Lucy A. Snyder

Jessica Strawser

Don Tassone

Judith Turner-Yamamoto

Marie Vibbert

Wendy Vogel

Andrew Welsh-Huggins

Ticana Zhu


Brian Alexander

Matthew Caracciolo

Richard F. Celeste

Renee Casteel Cook

Shane W. Croston

Mark Dawidziak

Guy Denny

Jessica Fries-Gaither

Chelsea Gottfried & Jim McCormac

John J. Grabowski

Larisa Harper

Edward P. Horvath

Teshauna L. Isaac

Judy Orr James

Robert Kroeger

John W. Kropf

Deseree Liddell & Mary Louise Ruehr

Jacqueline Lipton

David Meyers & Elise Meyers Walker

Bayyinah Monk-Nduaka

Brian Michael Murphy

Brad Ricca

Steven Rosen

Kathy Schulz

Jillian Scudder

Prince Shakur

Ric S. Sheffield

Nita Sweeney

Samantha Tucker & Amy Spears

Jane Ann Turzillo


Mark M. Dean

Darren C. Demaree

Adam J. Gellings

Kari Gunter-Seymour

Manuel Iris

Megan Neville

Emily Patterson

Elana Pitts

Bonnie Proudfoot

Annette Dauphin Simon

Felicia Zamora


Breshea Anglen

Kristy Boyce

Cinda Williams Chima

Margaret Peterson Haddix

Jason R. Lady

Terri Libenson

Mindy McGinnis

Jeff Miller

Wes Molebash

Stacy Nockowitz

Bryan Prosek

Mar Romasco-Moore

Jennifer Ann Shore

Erik Jon Slangerup

Tricia Springstubb

Frances Smith Strickland

Sara Bennett Wealer

Brieanna Wilkoff

Misty Wilson & David Wilson


Frederick Luis Aldama

Lisa J. Amstutz

Lindsay Bonilla

Tim Bowers

Erin Alon Brain

Marcy Campbell

Mary Kay Carson

e.E. Charlton-Trujillo

Jean Colebank

Keila V. Dawson

Jeffrey Ebbeler

Kathy S. Elasky

Jacob Grant

S.R.D. Harris

Will Hillenbrand

Kate Hoefler

Florenza Lee

Margeaux Lucas

Allison Marks & Wayne Marks

Katie Mazeika

Dia Mixon

Samuel Narh & Freda Narh

Merrill Rainey

Blythe Russo

Jennifer Sommer

Carmella Van Vleet & Chiquita Mullins-Lee

Andrea Wang

Julie Whitney

*Author lineup may change without notice.