October 2012

What’s New · Books by the Banks

Mark your calendars! On Saturday, October 20, the 6th annual Books by the Banks: Cincinnati USA Book Festival will take place at Duke Energy Center from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The day-long festival will feature over 100 national, regional and local authors; book signings; panel discussions and author sessions; and plenty of activities for the entire family to enjoy. All events are free and open to the public! Copies of the author's books will be available for sale.

Featured artists

The featured authors include:

  • Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl
  • Robert and Cortney Novogratz, Home by Novogratz
  • John and Sherry Petersik, Young House Love: 243 Ways to Paint, Craft, Update & Show Your Home Some Love
  • Anne Byrn, Unbelievably Gluten Free!: 128 Delicious Recipes: Dinner Dishes You Never Thought You'd Be Able to Eat Again
  • Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney,, Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America
  • Tad Hills, Rocket Writes a Story
  • Loren Long, Nightsong
  • Barney Saltzberg, Arlo Needs Glasses
  • Will Hillenbrand , Bear in Love
  • Karl Marlantes , What It Is Like to Go to War
  • Ellen Schreiber , Immortal Hearts
  • Karen Robards , The Last Victim

See the Books by the Banks website for the complete schedule list of participating authors.

Author and Panel Sessions

In addition to cooking demos with Anne Bryn and Todd Kelly, and individual presentations by John & Sherry Petersik, Karl Marlantes, Robert & Cortney Novogratz, Karen Robards, and Gillian Flynn, panel discussions will take place throughout the day. Here’s a sample:

Marlene Steele illustrated the BBTB poster Copies of this year's poster will be available for sale
  • “Queen City of Culture: Writing About the Arts in Cincinnati“
  • “Faith and Fiction: Inspirational and Christian Fiction“
  • “Children’s Lit Chat: Writing and Illustrating Children’s Books“
  • “The Story of My Life: Writing a Memoir“
  • “Great YA Reads“

See the Books by the Banks website for a complete schedule and room locations.

Kids Corner

The Kid Corner will feature a full schedule of activities for the entire family to enjoy throughout the day! Activities include:

  • Storytime with Andrea and Brian Pinkney, Tad Hills, Loren Long, and Barney Saltzberg
  • Arts and Crafts Face painting, balloon artists, and hat decorating
  • Meet ’n Greet storybook characters such as Clifford the Big Red Dog, Curious George, The Cat in the Hat, The Nut Brown Hare, The Berenstain Bears, Llama Llama, and plat the Cat. Join the Mascot Dance Party!
  • Music with Zak Morgan

See the Books by the Banks website for the complete schedule of Kids Corner activities.

The Organizers

Books by the Banks is a joint effort of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, University of Cincinnati Libraries, the Mercantile Library, Northern Kentucky University W. Frank Steely Library, Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Clermont County Public Library, MidPointe Library System, and The Lane Libraries

Media Partners

The Cincinnati Enquirer, 91.7WVXU, and Cincinnati Family Magazine


The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation, Ohio Humanities Council, Friends of the Public Library, Library Foundation, Scripps Howard Foundation, Northern Kentucky University Friends of Steely Library

Special Thanks To

Cincinnati Metro, AAA Corporate Travel, Downtown Cincinnati, Inc., CincinnatiUSA.com