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    Love books? Want to meet your favorite author? Interested in becoming an author? Learn about the annual event coming up at Duke Energy Convention Center that draws thousands of book lovers from near and far. Keep reading as we chat with the team behind the event to see what's new this year!

     

    Books by the Banks will give local residents the chance to meet with authors, enjoy fun activities, and even take workshops on getting their work published.

    Throughout the year, Books by the Banks brings authors to the Tri-State area where they can interact with residents and fellow literature lovers. Ultimately, the series of events culminates in October with the Books by the Banks Cincinnati Regional Book Festival, which takes place October 28 from 10 am to 4 pm at the Duke Energy Convention Center.

    The mission of Books by the Banks is to entertain and enrich the lives of people in Southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky. Books by the Banks Cincinnati Regional Books Festival is a day-long festival, which is free and open to the public, features national, regional, and local authors and illustrators; book signings, panel discussions, and activities for the entire family to enjoy, according to the event’s website.

    Panel discussions give attendees the chance to hear from the authors about their inspirations and more.

    Cari Hillman, MidPointe Library System’s Public Relations Manager, who sits on the festival’s Board of Trustees, says there are many exciting things to look forward to for this year’s Books by the Banks.  

    “Over 150 authors have been selected to attend the festival and visitors can look forward to meeting their favorites, purchasing books, and having them signed,” Hillman adds. “Authors include Kate DiCamillo, Gretchen Carlson, Lauren Oliver, Chris Grabenstein, Matt Bellassai, Brian Alexander, Louis Stokes, Rafael Lopez, Stephanie Powell Watts and many, many more.”

    You can see a list of all confirmed authors attending Books by the Banks by clicking here.

    “We expect over 4,000 book lovers to attend Books By the Banks,” Hillman says. “Luckily, we have expanded the festival and there is plenty of room for all these literary fans!”

    Additionally, there will be plenty of fun for all ages in the Children’s Area and Teen Scene, including a “farm” and “Halloween” theme, respectively.  

    Hillman says that aspiring authors can participate in the many “Writer and Getting Published” panels, which will offer them insight into sharing their own work.

    The Kids Corner allows children to get in on the book-lover action, too.

    What makes Books by the Banks such a special event, Hillman says, aside from bringing so many authors and illustrators to the city and giving aspiring writers a chance to have their work shown, the event is free and open to the public.

    With so many activities going on during Books by the Banks, Hillman says that there’s something for everyone, whether you’re interested in meeting with one of your favorite authors attending the festival, a teen who wants to hangout in the Teen Scene, or a parent who wants to give your young one a chance to hang out in the Children’s Area, there are activities for all to enjoy.

    For more information about Books By the Banks (including a complete list of authors, event details, and day-of schedules), visit www.BooksBytheBanks.org. You can also learn more about the event on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/booksbythebanks.

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    RetroFittings soon hits the runway at the Duke Energy Convention Center! Read on and watch an exclusive sneak peek to learn more about this fun, annual event that showcases the creativity of DAAP students while raising funds for St. Vincent de Paul!

    Mark your calendars for October 14 when RetroFittings takes place at the Duke Energy Convention Center. The event will feature drinks, Hors-do’oeuvres, a pop-up fashion boutique with designer names at great prices, a raffle, silent auction, and a live auction – all of which will benefit St. Vincent de Paul – Cincinnati.

    The event will also feature a fashion show, put on by St. Vincent de Paul – Cincinnati and the University of Cincinnati’s DAAP program. The fashion show features the fashion designs of DAAP students, who put their designs together by shopping in any of the seven St. Vincent de Paul Thrift stores with a budget of $15. They then have to turn the items they find into a runway collection.

    Together, St. Vincent de Paul and DAAP have continued to team up to showcase the original fashions of more than 70 talented sophomore students from UC’s top-ranked fashion program for one very special night.

    All proceeds from the event support the many programs of St. Vincent de Paul – Cincinnati. This innovative evening supports the mission of St. Vincent de Paul and proves that a good cause never goes out of style!

    New this year, aside from the bigger and better location, is that they are now offering a special Young Professional Ticket. Those are for attendees 40 and under. It’s only $50 includes 1 drink ticket. There are also $100 VIP tickets, General Admission is $60 and a student ticket is only $25. More details at RetroFittings.org. Cincy Chic’ers can use a special discount code for $5 off tickets when you use “CHIC” at checkout.

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    A local bestselling author is bringing readers, editors, and authors together for an annual event that not only celebrates books but raises money for local charities as well. Read on for more.

     

    #RAGT18 will bring authors and book lovers together for an annual event that raises funds for several local charities.

    Each year, Lori Foster and her team of volunteers bring the Reader & Author Get Together to West Chester. Also known as #RAGT, the event is an affordable gathering of readers, authors, and publishing industry professionals who come together with the goal of making it easy for readers to visit with their favorite authors, get photos, get books signed, and much more.  

    “And for authors,” adds Foster, “the event helps them reach a greater audience.”

    Foster, who is herself a New York Times Bestselling Author, was inspired to bring a convention like #RAGT to the Tri-State because she found that when it came to reading and writing conventions, it was always difficult to find any one-on-one time to talk.

    “This event offers attendees plenty to do to stay busy nonstop, or they can always just sit and visit with an author, a reader, a publisher, or an online friend because we leave the ballroom open even during other scheduled activities,” she says. “It’s all about visiting, the love of books, and shared respect for the industry.”

    #RAGT18 will be held on June 7-9, 2018 at the Cincinnati Marriott North. Registration for readers is $50, which covers parties on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights plus breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Friday and Saturday. Foster says that each registrant receives a goody bag filled with author swag such as a variety of free books, a t-shirt, and a $10 Barnes & Noble gift card.

    “There are two book signings, one each on Friday and Saturday from 3:00 to 5:00. “The book signings are open to the public, but for any other portion of the event you must have a badge to attend,” adds Foster.  

    Raffle tickets are sold during the event, 2 for $1. “We have many, many amazing raffle baskets donated by authors, readers, editors, and publishers,” says Foster.

    In addition to bringing together authors, readers, and book lovers, #RAGT also raises money for local charities during their annual events.  

    Foster says the proceeds from the massive raffles held during the event go to the One Way Farm, a home for abused and abandoned children. “From the 2017 event, we donated $22,500 to them,” she says. A portion of book fair proceeds are donated to the Conductive Learning Center of Greater Cincinnati, which is a school for children with spina bifida and cerebral palsy. According to Foster, $2,200 was donated to the CLCGC this year. Those two charities aren’t the only ones who are supported during #RAGT.

    “Each year I write a special novella, where the advance and all proceeds of the book go to the Animal Adoption Foundation, a no-kill animal shelter,” says Foster. “In addition to those monies, we also raise some funds at the event, so that we gave an additional $1,500 to the AAF.”

    Foster says participating authors at #RAGT vary from year to year as well as the eight breakout programs. “Since different authors sponsor the meals, those vary as well,” she explains. “The parties are different each year, with the exception of the Sunday party, which tends to be a low-key Bingo, since attendees are pretty exhausted by then.”

    Online registration for #RAGT18 will happen on March 13. “The exact time will be announced on the website and Facebook page,” says Foster.

    Registration is maxed out at 500 attendees, and sells out quickly, often filling up on the same day and sometimes within a few hours according to Foster.

    To learn more about #RAGT, visit www.readerauthorgettogether.com, which will be updated with 2018 information in January. You can also follow along on Facebook.

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    We chat with the organizers behind one of the biggest events in the city for breast cancer awareness and fundraising to see what's new and exciting this year.

     

    The 2017 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure will take place October 1.

    Want to raise funds for breast cancer awareness and research while enjoying a fun walk and activities? Consider participating in Susan G. Komen’ annual Race for the Cure.

    “Race for the Cure is the annual Komen event that every affiliate across the country hosts. It’s the main fundraising event,” says Melissa Dunn, Communication Director. “This year, our Race for the Cure is a Pink Ribbon Walk at Coney Island. We walk, honor and celebrate and then ride Coney rides.”

    The Race for the Cure will feature a fun walk through Coney Island as well as other fun activities.

    Dunn got involved with the event in 2011, after being diagnosed with Breast Cancer at age 25. “I walked in my first Race for the Cure that September, and raised over $8,000. I registered and walked in every race since then — until I came on staff then I’ve been working the event,” she recalls. “My first race that I worked and planned was in 2015, so this will be my third race as a Komen employee.”

    A lot goes into preparing for the event. “We work early in the year to secure sponsors, location, details as far as pricing, shirts, etc. We have a small staff so we all work very hard all year long preparing for the race,” Dunn explains. “We have to think about logistics, volunteers, set up, course. It’s a lot. Thankfully we have a few staff members and volunteers that have been doing this a long time so it all runs relatively smoothly.”

    There are some additions to the event that are going to take effect this year. It’s the 20th anniversary of Komen Southwest Ohio, which was established in 1997 by four women, one of which is the Executive Director of the organization, Peggy Isenogle. “We have vendors, Q102 and Mix 94.9, will be on site, and there will be a great Celebration of Hope after the walk where we honor those we have lost, celebrate our survivors and those still in treatment, and give thanks for all the support over the years,” Dunn says. “We once again have Survivor Caps, sponsored by Ford. They are really awesome! And we have mums for sale, which can be purchased in honor of or in memory of a loved one. We’re excited for October 1st.”

    What gets Dunn to come back to work everyday is wanting to see a cure for breast cancer. “Research will help find the cure. We fund more research than any other affiliate. I want there to be an end to breast cancer,” says Dunn. “I define success at this event as reaching our fundraising goal because then we can fund more breast cancer research and give back to local organizations that help those diagnosed with breast cancer.”

    To register or learn more about the event, visit www.komenswohio.org or call 513.671.9100.

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    Read on to learn about a downtown Cincinnati-based book publishing company that helps authors publish and promote the book ideas they’ve been dreaming about.

     

    Cincinnati Book Publishing helps make your dreams of being a published author a reality.

    Looking for a publisher to help you make your dream of writing a book a reality? Cincinnati Book Publishing (CBP) may be just what you’re looking for.

    CBP consults aspiring writers throughout the self-publishing process to create a professional quality, finished product, in either print or e-book form. “Each book is custom-made and designed. We work with a variety of local designers as well as printers here in Cincinnati or in the United States,” says Sue Ann Painter, published author and Executive Editor at Cincinnati Book Publishing.  

    CBP is for those who want to take an entrepreneurial route when it comes to getting their work published. Authors invest in producing their own book, which means they receive all income from their book sales and own all the rights to the book and inventory. Painter calls it a collaborative effort that allows the author to work directly with graphic designers, printers, editors and book binders that CBP trusts to approve the design, the cover art, and the retail price.

    “Authors can meet with us face-to-face, and some can even see their book pulled off the press,” explains Painter. “It’s quite different than getting your book published through Amazon. You don’t get to see the boxes of finished books. They print and ship to order.”

    CBP and the author work together to determine the number of books that need to be produced and from that number the cost of publication is decided. Publication for an average print book typically costs between $3,000 and $10,000. A personalized package is then chosen by the author based on what suits their needs best.

    CBP’s goal is to help create a book that meets all the highest standards. “What’s wonderful about our printers is the care they will take to match the film to the original,” says Painter. “The designer and the printer work closely together to make sure everything fits exactly.”

    It doesn’t stop after the book is written and published, CBP also works with authors as a publicist to get exposure for their finished product. They offer services that teach authors how to promote themselves and their work through Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest while also setting up book signings at different venues and book stores.

    “Our mission is to make the world a better place and books do that. It comes with great joy to see something that you have created and we want to be partners in that creation,” says Painter.

    Cincinnati Book Publishing is located at 19 Garfield Place across from the downtown Cincinnati Public Library. To learn more about CBP, visit their website at www.cincybooks.com.

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    Learn about a one-night event where you can dine and shop at a variety of Cincinnati's restaurants and boutiques while checking out the six new homes on display at CiTiRAMA®.

     

    Cincy Chic and CiTiRAMA are partnering up to host Sip & Savor on October 13.

    Cincy Chic is partnering up with CiTiRAMA® to bring you Sip & Savor on October 13. The event will feature a chance to enjoy a night of food, fashion, sips, and stylish new homes while checking out retailer closets.

    According to Brand Approach Managing Partner Meshell Giblin, the inspiration behind Sip & Savor was to “create a unique experience for women attending the CiTiRAMA® Show while, at the same time, offering experiences that Cincy Chic’ers will love.”

    During the event, guests will be able to tour the six CiTiRAMA® homes. Additionally, there will be a number of local restaurants setting up shop at the show to offer light bites of their favorite dishes. Participating food vendors include Current Catering, BB Riverboats, City BBQ, Keystone, anhd Sweets & Meats BBQ.

    Attendees will not only get to eat the tour the homes, they’ll also be able to shop and enter to “Win the Closet,” which Giblin says will include clothing and accessories from local boutiques in each home with products from Styling with Amy, Jackie Neville – Your Stylist LLC, and Three French Hens.

    The unique idea of hosting an event that allows guests to tour the CiTiRAMA® homes while also shopping local retailer closets isn’t all that makes this event special. This is also the first time that CiTiRAMA® will feature two female builders in the show, including Carolyn Rolfes of Potterhill Homes, which Giblin says shows the company’s dedication to entrepreneurship as well as girl power.

    “Potterhill Homes is excited to partner once again with CiTiRAMA® 2017 Woodlawn Meadows in the Village of Woodlawn,” says Rolfes. “CiTiRAMA® is produced by the Home Builder’s Association and the Village of Woodlawn. Because of the success in 2016, we are excited to once again partner with Cincy Chic and look forward to a great show and a very successful Sip & Savor in Style event.”

    All proceeds from Sip & Savor will benefit Kenzie’s Closet. “We look forward to sharing in the fun festivities of the day while raising proceeds to dress girls with financial need from head to toe for their proms,” says Kathy McDonald, Executive Director of Kenzie’s Closet.

    Admission to the event is $15 a person, or a ticket for two is $25.

    CiTiRAMA® Woodlawn Meadows is located at 10050 Woodlawn Boulevard in Cincinnati. For more information, visit www.citirama17.eventbrite.com.

     

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    A local stylist opened a new salon with a mission to offer products that are safe for clients and beauty industry professionals alike. Keep reading for more!

     

    Two years ago LeAnna Gonzlaez began breaking out in hives. She found out that it was the hair color she was using on clients that caused the allergic reaction.

    “I was panicked because not doing hair is not an option for me. I love my job,” she says. “So I started this quest to find products and that are not full of chemicals. I’ve spent the last two years researching what this industry has to offer in a safer form.”

    Gonzalez began doing hair 12 years ago when living California. Born and raised in Santa Barbara, she now lives in Northern Kentucky where she recently opened Organix, a salon and spa that focuses on healthy products that won’t cause harm to clients or stylists.

    “Organix is a salon that has done the guesswork for you,” she explains. “We have done the research to bring you better products. It takes the body 26 seconds to absorb a chemical. At Organix, we proudly feature ammonia-free hair color.”

    Currently, Organix offers hair and makeup services, and the makeup products used at the salon are non-toxic and made locally in Kentucky.

    Not only is Gonzalez big on offering products that are non-toxic or harsh for stylists and clients, she also wants to give back to the environment. “As a kid, I recycled with my dad, so for me it was second nature to think about our planet,” she explains. “Living in California, I realized how easy I had it or how easy it was to care about my body and our planet.”

    She says that her dream is to have a happy and safe environment for “natural,” inner beauty to flourish but also a safe place for stylists to work, and a place that nurtures and supports the community.

    Gonzalez says that Organix is unique in that the salon and spa strives to bring services and products that uses organic essences and is as low as possible on the harsh chemicals scale. “It’s not just about your hair color, it is about using products that aren’t harmful to you and your environment. It’s about a safe haven for inner beauty to grow,” she adds.

    Organix also offers a recycling program where customers and clients receive 15% off your new product for your empty ones.

    Gonzalez says that she will continue expanding the services offered at Organix. “We are adding the space side next, so expect facials and body waxing, and lots of secret formulas with essential oils,” she says.

    To learn more about Organix, visit them on Facebook.

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    Learn about a program at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County that's giving locals a chance to hear from authors and the people behind their favorite books.

     

    Jamie Ford is one of the featured authors for the Cincinnati Library’s Author Series.

    Cincy Chic: What is the Cincinnati Library’s Author Series?
    Kate Lawrence, Programming/Exhibits Manager at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County: The Author Series gives local residents the chance to hear from authors and hear more about their stories as writers.

    Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind the series?
    Lawrence: The series was inspired by a desire to give readers a personal connection to the authors. Through the author series, Library customers have the opportunity to hear from authors about their inspirations and writing process, and to get to know the person behind the book. There are also opportunities to meet the authors in person and get books signed.

    Cincy Chic: Which authors can readers see at the Library this year as well as in 2018?
    Lawrence: On Thursday, September 28 at 7 p.m., the Library will host J.D. Vance, author of Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis and on September 30 at 2 p.m. we’ll host Jamie Ford, author of Love and Other Consolation Prizes. Authors for the 2018 series are still being finalized.

    Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to check out the Author Series events?
    Lawrence: The events are held in the Main Library’s Reading Garden Lounge at 800 Vine Street in Cincinnati.

    Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more about the Author Series, follow along with the Library, and check out other upcoming events?
    Lawrence: Readers can visit www.cincinnatilibrary.org/authors for more information.

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    Discover the awe-inspiring beauty, mystery and interconnectedness of special exhibition "Ana England: Kinship at Art After Dark: Across the Universe" at this Friday's Art After Dark event!

     

    Art After Dark at the Cincinnati Art Museum will feature exhibition Across the Universe on Sept. 29

    Become fascinated by the foundational and fundamental connections inherent in nature at the Cincinnati Art Museum’s free event Art After Dark: Across the Universe, Friday, September 29, 5–9 p.m.

    Across the Universe celebrates new special exhibition Ana England: Kinship, on view through March 4, 2018. England is based in Felicity, Ohio (about 35 miles southeast of Cincinnati). For three decades, she led the ceramics program at Northern Kentucky University, where she is now Professor Emerita. England’s work has been widely published and exhibited both nationally and internationally.

    Art After Dark guests will experience live music from psychedelic band Playfully Yours, Venezuelan cuisine from Empanadas Aqui, specialty cocktails inspired by artworks in Kinship (guests 21+) and exclusive after-hours access to the entire museum.

    Also on view are dazzling light-based installation AnilaQuayyum Agha: All the Flowers are for Me and powerful film-based installation William Kentridge: More Sweetly Play the Dance.

    Art After Dark is free and open to the public. Parking is free. To learn more, visit cincinnatiartmuseum.org/artafterdark. Art AfterDark is presented by PNC, Dewey’s Pizza and P&G. Additional sponsors include WVXU/WGUC and CityBeat.

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    Our relationship columnist has the five must-read books for a happier, healthier and more satisfied you!

     

    I’ve got a confession to make. I am a total book junky. My Amazon Wishlist is inundated with countless books that caught my fancy at one time or another. Books that I crave desperately to read. The honest truth is that probably 50% of the books that I buy end up on a shelf collecting dust. I may read a chapter or two, but then get distracted with the next pretty cover or enticing title. However, there are those special books that have stood the test of time. Books that I have read and re-read over and over again. Books that I have recommended to clients and friends, alike. These books are amazing and hold a very special place in my heart.

    So, without further ado, here is my list of the five best books to read for a happier, healthier, more satisfied you!

    Broken Open by Elizabeth Lesser

    This book found me at my absolute lowest. Broken-hearted, living back at home with my parents at age 25, having a complete quarter life crisis and helping to care for my father during his battle with cancer. Life was tough. This book helped me see the light in the darkness. Elizabeth Lesser is authentic, genuine and vulnerable. She is an inspiration and her book was my life-saver.

    Come as You Are by Emily Nagoski

    Everyone should read this book. This book touches on self-love, body image, sexual desire, sexual abuse and owning your sexuality. Nagoski encourages readers to understand themselves entirely, we are so much more than a body or a mind. We are unique and have unique needs and desires… and that’s beautiful! She writes in an accessible way, AND has the science to back it up. Go get it now and thank me later!

    Daring Greatly by Brene Brown

    I could have filled this whole list with just books by Brene Brown! She is absolutely incredible (If you haven’t seen her TedxTalk- Do it!) This is a book about the courage that it takes to show up, be vulnerable and allow yourself to be you. This book can apply to any and all aspects of life: parenting, relationships, work, self- love, etc. She is warm and smart. This book makes you feel like you’re getting a loving hug and a gentle kick in the butt… toward your goal.

    Sex Matters for Women by Sally Foley, Sally A Kope and Dennis P Sugrue

    I know I am biased, having studied under Sally Foley and Dennis Sugrue at University of Michigan, but this book is absolutely incredible. Such a wonderful book to help women understand, cultivate and grow their sexuality and self-acceptance. Calling out sexual myths, answering questions we are too afraid to ask, and confronting our self-doubt. This book addresses it all: relationships, sexual orientation, hormones, anatomy, STI’s. It looks like a textbook but reads like a conversation with the most amazing, loving therapist you could ever wish for.

    Mating in Captivity by Esther Perel

    The full title of this book is Mating in Captivity: Unlocking Erotic Intelligence. Need I say more? Perel is one of the most respected sex therapists in the field these days. In “Mating…”, she discusses how to create passion and eroticism in domesticated life. She is smart, sexy, funny.This book provides great, straightforward but counterintuitive advice for the modern couple.

    Christy Haas MA, LPCC, CST is a relationship and sex therapist in Cincinnati for more information check out www.christyhaas.com or see my full list of book recommendations here.

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