19 Reasons You Should Attend “Jacques Brel and the Men Who Saved PlayhouseSquare” in Cleveland

September 3rd, 2013

Just don’t forget to RSVP by September 6th! (All images from PlayhouseSquare and the Cleveland Memory Project.)


PlayhouseSquare in 1922 shortly after its opening.

1. PlayhouseSquare was built in 1921-22 and is the largest performing arts center in the country outside of New York City.

PlayhouseSquare during the day in 1928.

PlayhouseSquare during the day in 1928.

2. PlayhouseSquare originally consisted of five opulent theaters along Euclid Avenue between E. 14th and E. 17th streets.

Allen Theatre marquee advertising the Budapest Symphony Orchestra in 1971.

Allen Theatre marquee advertising the Budapest Symphony Orchestra in 1971.

3. The Allen Theatre.

Line for "My Fair Lady" tickets out the door at Hanna Theatre.

Line for "My Fair Lady" tickets out the door at Hanna Theatre.

4. The Hanna Theatre.

Ohio Theatre shortly after its opening in February of 1921.

Ohio Theatre shortly after its opening in February of 1921.

5. The Ohio Theatre.

Palace Theatre in 1923

Palace Theatre in 1923

6. The Palace Theatre.

State Theatre Main Lobby in 1931.

State Theatre Main Lobby in 1931.

7. The State Theatre.

Playhouse Square at Night, ca. 1940.

Playhouse Square at Night, ca. 1940.

8. The venues presented silent movies, legitimate theater, and vaudeville.

Fans waiting in line to see Johnnie Ray at the State Theatre.

Fans waiting in line to see Johnnie Ray at the State Theatre.

9. Later movies and other types of entertainment were presented at the theaters.

Ohio Theatre, sitting vacant in 1973

Ohio Theatre, sitting vacant in 1973

10. By 1969, four of the five theaters (the Allen, Ohio, State and Palace) had closed due in part to the rise of television and the post-World War II flight to the suburbs. The Hanna remained open, finally closing in 1989.

Architect John Terence Kelly with Ray Shepardson, founder of Playhouse Square Association.

Architect John Terence Kelly with Ray Shepardson, founder of Playhouse Square Association.

11. In July 1970 Shepardson and other civic leaders formed the Playhouse Square Association, now known as the Playhouse Square Foundation, whose goal was the restoration, operation, and management of the theaters.

Renovation of Ohio Theater.

Renovation of Ohio Theatre.

12. Thanks to the efforts of Ray Shepardson, the Ohio Theatre was renovated and reopened in 1982.

Palace Theatre Grand Re-Opening on April 20, 1988.

Palace Theatre Grand Re-Opening on April 20, 1988.

13. The Palace and State Theatres were reopened by the end of the 1980s.

Woman protesting to "Save the Allen Theatre".

Woman protesting to "Save the Allen Theater".

14. The Allen and Hanna Theatres reopened in the late 1990s.

The 20-foot tall LED “chandelier spectacular” planned for E. 14th Street and Euclid Avenue.

The 20-foot tall LED “chandelier spectacular” planned for E. 14th Street and Euclid Avenue.

15. Since then, PlayhouseSquare has grown to include nine performance spaces and they have plans for some dramatic renovations to the whole neighborhood surrounding the Square.

During the “On the Road” with Ohioana Tour of PlayhouseSquare you will get to:

Playhouse Square Cleveland: An Entertaining History by Kathleen Kennedy and Jeannie Emser Schultz

Playhouse Square Cleveland: An Entertaining History by Kathleen Kennedy and Jeannie Emser Schultz

16. See behind-the-scenes at PlayhouseSquare with author Jeannie Emser Schultz.

Ray Shepardson in 1976.

Ray Shepardson in 1976.

17. Meet celebrity guests Ray Shepardson and Joe Garry, who led the crusade to save and restore these beautiful, historic theatres.

"Staging Success: The PlayhouseSquare Story"

"Staging Success: The PlayhouseSquare Story"

18. And watch a presentation of WVIZ’s acclaimed documentary, Staging Success: The PlayhouseSquare Story at the Cleveland Public Library.

Make your reservations now!

Make your reservations now!

19. Best of all: IT’S FREE – Just make sure you contact Ohioana to reserve your space or reserve your space online by September 6th!

Youth Writing Competitions and Creative Opportunities

August 27th, 2013

School is starting and students are getting back into the swing of things. Lucky for us, organizations around Ohio (and the US) offer many different writing and creative competitions specifically for students. Below are a few offered by some of Ohioana’s partners!

LAL2014 Letters About Literature: Writing Contest for Young Readers – Sponsored by The Ohio Center for the Book and The Library of Congress Center for the Book, for young readers in 4th – 12th grade. Students choose a fiction or nonfiction book they have read and have strong feelings about and write a persuasive letter to the author explaining their relationship to the book. Prizes are awarded at both the state and national levels. Deadline for entry: December 10, 2013 for Grades 9-12; January 10, 2014 for Grades 4-8. Official Rules.

Microsoft Word - 2014 Contest ROW Poster.docxRiver of Words: Youth Poetry and Art Contest – Sponsored by The Center for Environmental Literacy at Saint Mary’s College & The Library of Congress Center for the Book for K – 12th grade students anywhere in the world. Students write poetry and/or create artwork inspired by the nature around them. Deadline for Entry: Postmarked by December 1, 2013. Official Rules.

Thurber2014Flip the Page: Central Ohio’s Teen Literary Journal – Sponsored by Thurber House for any teen writer in Central Ohio. Flip the Page is a literary journal written, staffed, and produced by teens. Any Central Ohio teen is eligible to submit their short stories, humor, essays, poems, songs, and plays for publication. Deadline for Entry: Entries will be accepted starting in December 2013 through the early spring of 2014. Guideline and more information will be available in early December. See last year’s entry information.

POL2014 Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest – Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Poetry Foundation, and the Ohio Arts Council for High School students. Students who participate in the contest will memorize and perform classical and contemporary poetry. Poetry Out Loud uses a pyramid structure that begins at the classroom level; teachers organize contests with one class or the whole school. Deadline for Entry: State finals will be held in early spring, followed by National finals later in the spring. For more information about organizing a contest in your school, contact Pat Shannon, Poetry Out Loud Coordinator. Official Rules.

Attention all Ohio Authors

July 1st, 2013


The Ohioana Library is currently accepting applications for the 2014 Ohioana Book Festival!


2013 Ohioana Book Festival Featured Authors. Photograph by Elizabeth Nihiser.

The Ohioana Book Festival will be held on May 10th, 2014 in Columbus, Ohio.

We accept authors of all genres for participation in the Ohioana Book Festival!

To qualify authors must: have an Ohio connection (born in Ohio and lived in Ohio for 5+ years); have a recent book (published after January 1, 2013, but before the Festival in May 2014); and the recently published book must be traditionally published.

Fill out and return the application with two copies of your book! Applications are due to Ohioana by November 30, 2013. Authors will be notified by February 15, 2014.

We look forward to receiving your application!

Summer Reading Fun!

June 27th, 2013

It is summertime and you know what that means? Summer Reading!

Libraries all across Ohio offer Summer Reading Programs. You can check out the programs available at Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public Library, Columbus Metropolitan Library, Cleveland Public Library, there is even a state-wide summer reading program.

Getting kids excited about reading in the summer can sometimes be quite a feat, so we went back fifty-two years to the Fall 1961 Ohioana Quarterly to bring you “Books To Entice Young Readers Of Varied Tastes,” by then-Assistant librarian of Grandview-Arlington Public Libraries, Nancy Young.

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Books To Entice Young Readers Of Varied Tastes

Recent children’s books by Ohio authors illustrate the diversity of book fare for the kindergarten and primary age group. Even at this first stage in reading, boys and girls demonstrate definite tastes and demand books that meet their individual interests. Here are four books to entice a variety of young readers­—one just for girls, a real boy’s story, a first book of nature study, and one for the child who is a dreamer.


What Will I Wear? by Helen D. Olds, a native of Springfield, is as youthfully feminine as ribbons and ruffles. Little girls who like to dress up in special clothes will sympathize with Pam and her predicament when wearing the wrong dress twice spoils her fun. Pam loved the cowgirl outfit Daddy and Mother sent from out West—the shirt had fringe all around the bottom and there were boots with jewels. She wished that she could wear it all the time. When she was chosen to present flowers to the Governor and his wife, she couldn’t resist putting on the cowgirl costume instead of her best yellow dress that Mother had said she could wear. Her embarrassment that day leads to another comedy of errors in which she wears the party dress to a picnic. Many lively and amusing illustrations by Lisl Weil perfectly complement this gay little story, easy enough for second-graders to read themselves. Young ladies should love it and learn an entertaining lesson about appropriate dress that mothers will also appreciate.


Boys of six or eight who would scoff at such frivolity in books can thank Marion Renick of Columbus for Boy at Bat. Here is a story for the youngest baseball fan—the pre-Little Leaguer who finds himself left out of the neighborhood games. Mark finds that the gift of his first ball and glove doesn’t turn him into a baseball player in the eyes of the older boys. Typical give and take and jargon of young boys at play give the story a down-to-earth reality. An eventful first game as a substitute base runner includes Mark’s rescue from a tree by the fire department. His first time at bat he hits a long ball that wins him the respect of the boys and the nickname of “Lefty,” and leaves him with dreams of even greater glory. Paul Galdone’s brightly colored illustrations add to the fun for primary readers and will make this a favorite read-aloud story for even younger ball fans.


Beginning readers who want books with information will find Hummingbirds by Betty John, of Cleveland Heights, just right—a little book, easy to read and beautifully illustrated, which presents facts in a straightforward way. Reading about these fascinating little birds can not fail to arouse a child’s interest in nature study. The different kinds of hummingbirds are described, their nests, eggs, feeding habits, and how they fly. The young birdwatcher is even given tips on how to attract rubythroated hummingbirds. This is a book that is sure to convince children that learning is fun.


In contrast to the everyday realism of the above books is Nobody’s Birthday by Anne Colver, a Clevelander, with illustrations by Marvin Bileck. This is a delicate confection of a book in which story and finely detailed pictures in sherbet pastels describe such a birthday as might be found in a child’s dream. All the ingredients of a perfect birthday are here—gifts, good things to eat, decorations and favors—with only an owner for the birthday missing. The brief plot describes the children’s search for the owner who must be found before all the wonders can be enjoyed. After much asking, an old man is discovered who has long ago lost his birthday, and all the delights of the wonderful birthday are shared by him and the children. This is a story of more limited appeal, but one that will be enjoyed by the young boy or girl who like to dwell in the world of imagination.

Unfortunately, all of the above enticing titles are out of print; however, they are available to read in the Ohioana Reading Room, or you can check out some of these newer Ohio juvenile titles:

Will Princess Isabel Ever Say Please? by Steve Metzger, illustrated by Clermont County artist Amanda Haley. Fractured fairy tales are paired with a lesson in manners in this book about a spunky-but-imperfect princess.

Jon Scieszka’s Trucktown Smash! Crash! by Jon Scieszka, illustrated by David Shannon, Hamilton County resident Loren Long, and David Gordon. Jack Truck and Dump Truck Dan are best friends built just for smashing, crashing, and playing all day long!

The Case of the Vanishing Golden Frogs: A Scientific Mystery by Seneca County author Sandra Markle. Follow a team of scientists working to save these frogs and protect frog populations worldwide in this real-life science mystery.

For older readers try:

Found: The Missing Book 1 by Columbus author Margaret Peterson Haddix. “In a tantalizing opener to a new series, Haddix taps into a common childhood fantasy–that you are really the offspring of royalty or famous people, and were somehow adopted by an ordinary family–and one-ups it by adding in time travel…Readers will be hard-pressed to wait for the next installment.” — Publisher’s Weekly

Erec Rex: The Dragon’s Eye by Cleveland author Kaza Kingsley. “This is an action packed fantasy filled with rich characters kids will really relate to. Erec Rex is poised to take over Harry Potter’s long reign.” — Maria Schneider, Senior Editor, Writers Digest Magazine

Outreach Programs of the 2013 Ohioana Book Festival

April 25th, 2013

Can’t wait for the 2013 Ohioana Book Festival? We’ve got you covered.

Some of the Book Festival authors will be participating in community outreach programming BEFORE the actual Festival – and you can attend their programs!

Thursday May 9

Teen author Rae Carson will be reading and answering questions at the Westland Area Library (located at 4740 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43228) starting at 5:00 p.m.

Novelist Carla Buckley attend a meet and greet book reading at the McConnell Arts Center (located at 777 Evening Street Worthington, OH 43085) starting at 7:00 p.m.

Journalists Sharon Short and Bob Hunter will be meeting fans at the Barnes & Noble at Lennox Town Center (located at 1739 Olentangy River Road Columbus, OH 43212) beginning at 7:00 p.m.

Friday May 10

Novelist Emilie Richards will present at the Martin De Porres Center (located at 2330 Airport Drive Columbus, OH, 43219) from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Novelist Ellis Avery will talk with readers at Stonewall Columbus (located at 1160 N High St, Columbus, OH 43201)from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.


Wednesday May 8

Novelists Carla Buckley and Raul Ramos y Sanchez will chat on VOICECorps’ “The Morning Exchange” from 11:00 a.m. – 12 noon.

Not all of the outreach programming Ohioana arranges for the Book Festival is open to the public. We would like to thank Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus School for Girls, and Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center for hosting author programs for their students and patients.

Spend the Weekend in Columbus: What to do?

April 17th, 2013

There are quite a few must-see places in Columbus. And if you will be in Columbus for the Book Festival, why not check them out?

Must See Museums

COSI COSI: The Center of Science and Industry is one of the most respected science centers in the nation, serving more than 20 million visitors since 1964. At COSI you will find endless opportunities to explore real science and discover real possibilities for yourself and the world around you. Hours: Wednesday-Saturday 10am-5pm; Sunday noon-6pm. Cost: Adults $16.95, Children $11.95, Seniors $15.95. 333 W. Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43215.

CMA Columbus Museum of Art: Great experiences with great art for everyone! We believe that art speaks to each and every one of us in different ways. Art inspires. Art challenges. Art thinks. Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5:30pm; Thursdays 10am-8:30pm. Cost: Adults $12, Students $5, Seniors $8, Free on Sundays. 480 East Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43215.

Santa Maria The Santa Maria: The Santa Maria is a full-size historical preservation of Christopher Columbus’ flagship, serving as a history museum. Hours: Wednesday-Friday 10am-3pm; Saturday-Sunday noon-5pm. Cost: Adults $4.50, Children $3.50, Seniors $4.00. Ship located at the corner of Marconi & West Broad Street, at Batelle Riverfront Park.

ohio history center Ohio Historical Society: Visit the headquarters of the Ohio Historical Society and a museum showcasing Ohio’s history from the ice age to today. Exhibits feature a variety of topics including the Civil War, natural history, glass, pottery and interactive children activities. Hours: Wednesday-Saturday 10am-5pm; Sunday noon-5pm. Cost: Adults $10.00, Children $5.00, Seniors $9.00. 800 E. 17th Avenue, Columbus, OH 43211.

Must See Literary Sites

thurber Thurber House: Thurber House is the former home of American humorist James Thurber, who lived in the house with his family during his college years at the Ohio State University. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Thurber House is a literary center, book store, and museum of Thurber materials. Thurber House’s programs include writing classes for children, author readings for adults, Thurber celebrations, events for children, and gallery exhibitions. Hours: 1pm-4pm daily. Cost: Self-guided tours, free; Guided tours available on Sunday, Adults $4, Students and Seniors $2. 77 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus OH 43215.

CML Columbus Metropolitan Library: Originally built through a gift from Andrew Carnegie and opened in 1907, the Main Library is home to an extensive genealogy collection, business and technology classes, fun programming for kids, not to mention a fabulous collection of books and resources. You can also see spectacular art from renowned artists Aminah Robinson and Todd Slaughter and visit year-round art exhibits featuring local artists. Hours: Monday-Thursday 9am-9pm, Friday 9am-6pm; Saturday 9am-6pm; Sunday 1pm-5pm. 96 S. Grant Avenue, Columbus, OH 43215.

cartoon library Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum: The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum was established in 1977 in two converted classrooms in the Journalism Building at OSU with the founding gift of artwork and papers of alumnus Milton Caniff. Its collections of original art and manuscripts have been built primarily through gifts-in-kind. The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum is now the largest and most comprehensive academic research facility documenting printed cartoon art. Hours: Monday-Friday 9am-5pm. 27 West 17th Avenue Mall, Columbus, OH 43210.

book loft The Book Loft: One of the nation’s largest independent book stores, he Book Loft of German Village, is located just a few blocks South of the state capitol building. The pre-Civil War era buildings that once were general stores, a saloon and a nickelodeon cinema, now are home to 32 rooms of Bargain Books. Hours: 10am-11pm daily. 631 South Third Street, Columbus, OH 43206.

acorn Acorn Bookstore: Called “the literary equivalent of Cheers” by Columbus Monthly, Acron is a 20-year-old brick-and-mortar secondhand/antiquarian bookshop. They have everything from inexpensive paperbacks to soak up suntan lotion on the beach to collectible books worth thousands of dollars. With about 50,000 books in a two-floor store, including DVDs and CDs, you will find something you like when you visit! Hours: Monday-Friday 11am-7pm; Saturday-Sunday 11am-6pm. 1464 West 5th Avenue, Columbus, OH 43212.

Must See Parks

Conservatory Franklin Park Conservatory: Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens offers art and nature-based exhibitions, botanical collections, gardens as well as 83,000 sq. ft. of greenhouses. The Conservatory is situated in the 88-acre Franklin Park, which features botanical gardens, art sculptures and a one-mile walking loop. Hours: 10am-5pm daily, Wednesday 10am-8pm. Cost: Adults $11, Children $6, Seniors $9. 1777 E. Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43203.

Roses Columbus Park of Roses: The 13 acre Park of Roses is nestled within the larger Whetstone Park. It contains three unique rose gardens as well as herb and perennial gardens, annual display beds and a restored Ohio prairie. Wide, smooth walkways and numerous benches make it easy to enjoy the sights and smells of 11,500 roses with more than 400 varieties. Hours: open sunup till sundown daily. 3901 N. High St. Columbus, OH 43214.

audubon Grange Insurance Audubon Center: Less than a 10-minute walk from downtown Columbus, on a half-forgotten bend in the Scioto River, lies a fragile green oasis, a tiny jewel, a hidden haven for wildlife and birds set amid an industrial landscape now in transformation. At the heart of this transformation is the Grange Insurance Audubon Center, one of the first such centers in Audubon’s storied history to bring hands-on conservation and nature-based learning this close to the core of a major American city. The Grange Insurance Audubon Center in the Scioto Audubon Metro Park is located in an Important Bird Area (IBA) where thousands of birds migrating from Central and South America use this spot along the Scioto River as a stopover during their long journeys. Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday 9am-3pm, Sunday 11am-5pm.  505 W. Whittier Street, Columbus, OH 43215.

scioto Scioto Mile: Located in the heart of downtown Columbus, the Scioto Mile is an urban oasis comprised of more than 145 acres of lush parkland. Stretching along the riverfront from the vibrant Arena District to the natural beauty of the Whittier Peninsula, the Scioto Mile reconnects downtown to the Scioto River through an integrated system of parks, boulevards, bikeways and pedestrian paths. Fostering some of our City’s most celebrated features: a stunning 15,000 square-foot interactive fountain, the country’s largest free outdoor climbing wall and the world’s most authentic replica of the Santa Maria — the Scioto Mile has something for everyone.

topiary The Columbus Topiary Park: A seven-acre park in downtown Columbus, Ohio; The Topiary Park is most famous for its topiary interpretation of Georges Seurat’s famous Post-Impressionist painting A Sunday Afternoon on the Isle of La Grand Jatte. Visitors come from around the world to enjoy the unique experience of walking into and through a work of art. In addition to the topiary attraction, visitors will find beautifully landscaped walks, benches, picnic tables and a Visitors’ Center. Admission is free, and the park is wheelchair accessible. Hours: open sunup till sundown daily. 480 E. Town Street, Columbus, OH 43215.

goodale Goodale Park: Goodale Park is surrounded by Victorian Village, a cluster of homes with charming architectural features. It is the oldest park in Columbus and among the oldest in the United States. Although Goodale Park contains an expansive playground and tennis courts, the park’s main attraction is its view of the Columbus skyline and the serenity offered alongside a scenic pond and the charm of the gazebo and of its historic park shelter. A walk through Goodale Park is a refreshing experience. 120 West Goodale Street, Columbus, OH 43215.

schiller Schiller Park: Schiller Park is the second oldest park in the City of Columbus. Originally called Stewart’s Grove by the early settlers, the city bought these 23.5 acres in 1867 and Stewart’s Grove became City Park. In 1891, it was renamed Schiller park after the famous German poet, Friedrich von Schiller. An impressive statue of Schiller decorates the center of the park. The park is now a well-kept central location of German Village life. The recreation center, picnic areas, softball diamonds, fishing pond and stage for the Actor’s Summer Theater, not to mention the beautifully landscaped gardens, make Schiller Park the jewel of German Village. Hours: open sunup till sundown daily. 1069 Jaeger Street, Columbus, OH 43206.

olentangybridge Olentangy Bike Path: One of the most popular greenways in Ohio, this trail offers a seamless 13.75 mile route from Worthington Hills to downtown.  The bikeway winds through several neighborhoods along the Olentangy River, with trailheads at several major city parks, including Antrim Park and Whetstone Park.  The path also travels through the heart of the Ohio State University campus.

While this list of must see things in Columbus is long, it is by no means inclusive of everything Columbus has to offer. For more to do in Columbus, check out Experience Columbus, Columbus Neighborhoods, or the Columbus Underground.

Spend the Weekend in Columbus: Where to Eat?!

April 15th, 2013

While you are on Fort Hayes Campus at the 2013 Ohioana Book Festival, you will be able to enjoy some of the amazing cuisine from several award-winning Columbus food trucks. From Korean street food at Ajumama and pizza by the slice at Mikey’s Late Night to the unique flavors of the Green Meanie and steamed bagel sandwiches at Short North Bagel Deli to everyone’s favorite ice cream at Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams; you will not go hungry at the Festival.

But, what about after you leave the Festival? Carrying all those signed books can make a person hungry!

Columbus is making a name for itself as a food mecca, and not without reason! There are hundreds of restaurants within a stone’s throw of the Ohioana Book Festival site. Experience Columbus has put together a list of 85 amazing downtown Columbus restaurants, check out the list here, or use their online restaurant finder.

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Experience Columbus Restaurant Finder

Columbus loves its restaurants so much, we even have a magazine dedicated to eating out! Crave, the Columbus Dining Magazine, contains reviews of local restaurants, articles about food trends, and their website lists restaurants by both neighborhood and by cuisine.


Crave lists restaurants by neighborhood and cuisine

Ohio Magazine’s website has a restaurant finder where you can find “unique and memorable meals” in Columbus and all over the state!

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Ohio Magazine's Restaurant Finder lists restaurants by Ohio region

You will certainly find that Columbus has something wonderful for every palette!

Don’t forget that you can make reservations at many Columbus restaurant via Open Table, which also has a smart phone app.

Spend the weekend in Columbus: Find a Hotel!

April 12th, 2013

This year, why not plan a whole weekend in Columbus around attending the Ohioana Book Festival?

First things first, if you aren’t from Central Ohio, you’ll need to find a place to stay. Check out this great guide to hotels near downtown Columbus provided by Experience Columbus (click the map for downloadable pdf): Hotel addresses

1. Arena District Hyatt Regency, 350 N. High St.
2. Comfort Inn & Suites Columbus Downtown, 650 S. High St.
3. Courtyard by Marriott, 35 W. Spring St.
4. Crowne Plaza, 33 E. Nationwide Blvd.
5. DoubleTree Guest Suites, 50 S. Front St.
6. Drury Inn & Suites Convention Center, 88 E. Nationwide Blvd.
7. German Village Inn, 920 S. High St.
8. Hampton Inn & Suites, 501 N. High St.
9. Hilton Columbus Downtown, 401 N. High St.
10. Holiday Inn Columbus Downtown Capitol Square, 175 E. Town St.
11. Red Roof Inn, 111 Nationwide Blvd.
12. Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel, 50 N. Third St.
13. Residence Inn by Marriott, 36 E. Gay St.
14. Sheraton Columbus at Capitol Square, 75 E. State St.
15. The Westin Columbus, 310 S. High St.

Official 2013 Ohioana Book Festival Program

April 10th, 2013

The official 2013 Ohioana Book Festival Program is now available online for you to start planning your day at the 2013 Festival!  Throughout the day, you can choose from thirty different panel discussions and roundtables to attend, not to mention the crafts and authors reading/drawing in our children’s area, the live music and delicious food trucks, or all the authors ready to sign books and answer questions in the main Festival room!

You can view the schedule of events here, see the times that authors will be reading and drawing in our children’s activities area here, or download the official program here!

Not sure where the next prog

ram you want to attend is? Check out the map of the Fort Hayes Construction Arts Building on pages 8-9 of the official program:

2013 OBF Program building layout

Not sure where your favorite author is sitting so you can get an autograph? Check out the map of the main Festival room on pages 20-21 of the official program:

2013 OBF Program author table layout

I hope you enjoy getting to plan your day at the 2013 Ohioana Book Festival!

Stay tuned for more about the Festival and about places to stay, things to do, and places to eat in Columbus while you’re in town for the Festival!

-Beth Poley, Program Coordinator

Ohio Authors Inspired by Ohio Authors

April 4th, 2013

­I love Ohio and – working at Ohioana, getting to read (and work with) amazing Ohio authors everyday – who could blame me? One of the greatest parts of my job is introducing people to the great literature that comes from my home state; but I get even more excited when others already share my appreciation.

We asked a few of the 2013 Ohioana Book Festival authors to tell us about who inspires them, and whether these authors realize it or not, several have found their inspiration in fellow Ohioans.

Bickle.LauraLaura Bickle, an Adult and YA fantasy author from Columbus (who also writes as Alayna Williams), fell in love with the fantasy genre while reading Warren, Ohio native Robin McKinley: “Robin McKinley’s Hero and the Crown started my love of fantasy. I read it when I was a pre-teen, and fell in love with fantasy ever after. It was the first book I’d read that had a female protagonist who slew her own dragons. I was hooked.”

BrownCozy mystery author Duffy Brown, who calls the small Cincinnati suburb of Milford, Ohio home, wanted to be Nancy Drew after reading The Secret of the Old Clock – penned, along with the other twenty-two first Nancy Drew novels, by Toledo-native Mildred Wirt Benson (under the pseudonym Carolyn Keene). “I think my love of cozies started back in the day with Nancy Drew. The Secret of the Old Clock in the sixth grade, not exactly Mad Men era but close. Nancy Drew was smart and caring. I really loved that she was smarter than the guys when guys had it all. I wanted to be Nancy! Reading Nancy Drew was great for mystery and the ego. Nancy was self-sufficient and took charge of her destiny. It planted a seed that took root in enjoying mysteries and life.”

It makes sense that Ohio would be home to creativity and inspiration.

To hear more from Laura Bickle, Duffy Brown, and more than 100 other Ohio authors, join us for the 2013 Ohioana Book Festival on May 11th, 2013 at Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center!

We will be posting more of what the 2013 Ohioana Book Festival authors had to say leading up to the Festival in May!

-Beth Poley, Program Coordinator