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Oct 09, 2014

Back for its eighth year, and bigger than ever, Books by the Banks will bring a record 130 authors to Cincinnati for book signings, meet and greets, panel discussions and more. 

Books by the Banks, the region’s largest book festival, attracts thousands of people to downtown Cincinnati for an exciting day dedicated to celebrating the love of reading. It will be held 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 11 at the Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St.

This year, visitors will meet some of the hottest names in literature, including

  • Emily Giffin, writer of six New York Times best-sellers including Something Borrowed, adapted for the big screen in 2011 as a major romantic comedy starring Kate Hudson. Her latest book is The One & Only.
  • Hampton Sides, one the most popular names in literary non-fiction. His book Ghost Stories, a World War II narrative, sold more than one million copies worldwide and was the basis for the 2005 Miramax film, The Great Raid. His latest book is In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette.
  • Marc Brown, beloved children’s book writer, creator of the Arthur Adventure book series and co-developer of the hit PBS television series. His latest books are In New York and Marc Brown’s Playtime Rhymes: A Treasury for Families to Learn and Play Together.
  • John Scalzi, one of the most acclaimed science fiction authors of the last decade. His best-sellers include The Last Colony, Fuzz Nation and Redshirts. His latest book is Lock In.
  • Philip and Erin Stead, the husband and wife team behind the prestigious Caldecott Medal-winning children’s book, A Sick Day for Amos McGee. Philip Stead’s latest book is Sebastian and the Balloon.
  • Plus many more including: Smith Henderson, Fourth of July Creek; Grady Hendrix, Horrorstör; Katherine Howe, Conversion; Tiphanie Yanique, Land of Love and Drowning; and Dave Zirin, Brazil’s Dance with the Devil: The World Cup, the Olympics, and the Fight for Democracy.
In addition to the Author Pavilion, where fans can buy books and meet their favorite writers, there are many more activities during the festival. The popular Kids’ Corner, showcasing top-notch performers and day-long activities, has been expanded this year to make even more room for free balloon sculptures, face painting, acts such as Joel Caithamer, the Singing Librarian and more. 

For the first time ever, the festival has added a Teen Area where young booklovers can play board games with some of their favorite authors, hear a live musical performance by local band Spearpoint and check out equipment demonstrations by the Hive13 Makerspace. 

And back by popular demand is the Writing & Getting Publishing series. Panel discussions will include information for writers covering topics such as how to pitch a book, how to get published in magazines, how to tap into online markets and much more. 

Attendees can make the event an all-day affair by sticking around after the festival and enjoying dinner at one of several participating restaurants offering a discount with the presentation of a Books by the Banks event program.

The event is free and open to the public. For all the programs during the event, visit

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