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Saturday, October 28, 2017 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Duke Energy Convention Center

Free Admission

After 10 years of bringing the region’s biggest and best book festival to downtown Cincinnati, Books by the Banks is expanding its reach with a brand-new lineup of events, culminating with the 10th annual Books by the Banks Cincinnati Regional Book Festival this fall.

This year, a total of 10 events, including the popular book festival in October and nine new lead-up events, will mark the organization’s 10th anniversary.

“Our mission is to enrich the lives of people in the area through reading and writing and we’re taking that joy and excitement beyond our annual festival,” said Books by the Banks Board President Greg Edwards. “Expect to see Books by the Banks out in the community at a variety of events all year long.”

Books on the Banks at Cincinnati Convention Center featuring local and national authors.

Books on the Banks at Cincinnati Convention Center featuring local and national authors.

Some of the 10 events include, a writing contest for adults and teenagers with cash prizes; special writing programs through partnerships with organizations such as Women Writing for (a) Change, University of Cincinnati, and WordPlay; a panel discussion with local illustrators to celebrate the launch of the festival’s 10th anniversary poster; a book giveaway for school kids featuring local author and illustrator Will Hillenbrand; and Books by the Banks sponsored author talks at local libraries.

The main event, the 10th annual Books by the Banks Cincinnati Regional Book Festival, has become an annual tradition in downtown Cincinnati avid readers, writers, and families across the region. The event is expected to draw more than 100 authors from across the country, including local favorites and nationally bestselling writers.

Author lineups throughout the festival’s 10-year history have included blockbuster names such as “Gone Girl” author Gillian Flynn, world-wide young adult favorite Rainbow Rowell, beloved “Arthur” series creator Marc Brown, and many more.

This reinvention of Books by the Banks means more opportunities than ever before for local book lovers to celebrate their passion for reading and writing. Together, we’re spreading the joy literacy and lifelong learning throughout our entire community.

Check out the full schedule of events online.


10th anniversary - LargeThe 10th annual Books by the Banks Cincinnati Regional Book Festival is set for 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016 at Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St., Cincinnati, OH 45202.

The mission of Books by the Banks is to entertain and enrich the lives of people in Southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky. The organization works throughout the year to present and promote authors, while celebrating the joy of literacy and lifelong learning through reading and writing.

The premiere event is the Books by the Banks Cincinnati Regional Book Festival held annually in downtown Cincinnati. The 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.