2017 Books by the Banks

2017 Books by the Banks

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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.

    Sara Elliott
    Editor & Director of Strategic Communications - Sara is a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, with a bachelor's degree in English literature. Sara started as an editorial intern before working her way up to assistant editor and then editor. She also serves as the Director of Strategic Communications, running Cincy Chic's social media sites. When she's not working for Cincy Chic, Sara is a mom to her toddler, Audrey. To contact Sara, send her an email at selliott@cincychic.com.