Book festivals aren’t just a ton of fun — we believe they are critical to a thriving community.
It’s safe to say everyone involved with planning the Books by the Banks Cincinnati Regional Book Festival loves books. Like a lot. We’re a bunch of bookworms who enjoy giving back to other lovers of the written word. And most importantly, we’re dedicated to celebrating and spreading the joy of reading and writing throughout our region — and even beyond.
We thought we’d take a moment to reflect on why we do what we do. Especially as we approach our 10th anniversary of the festival. It’s been such a wonderful ride and we look forward to many more. There have been so many wonderful experiences along the way. But let’s start at the beginning. The very beginning of our shared love for books and book festivals.
- Can you remember when you first fell in love with reading? Holding the tattered cover in your hands. Smelling the pages. Turning to discover more. Getting lost. And finding yourself. Connecting with others over a great book.
- Do you recall the first time you met an author? It’s almost always a riveting rock-star experience. Getting the book you pored over signed by the very person who penned it. Hearing authors share intimate thoughts behind their writing process. Meeting others who love the same author. Engaging in thoughtful dialogue. And perhaps even taking a selfie with your author and posting it on social media. #BBTBcincy
- Do you remember your first book festival? Walking into the room with all the authors. Feeling the excitement. Worrying about which author’s table to visit first. Realizing how much talent is packed into one space. Freaking out a little. Then pulling yourself together and making a plan for how best to spend your day.
The joy and love of reading is so important for everyone to experience. At Books by the Banks, we strive to inspire the magic and love of literacy throughout our region. We do this for all in our community – ages one to one hundred. Especially for local children and their families. For those who have thousands of books in their personal collections – and those who don’t own a single book. For those who have yet to fall in love with a great book, and for those who have yet to experience their first amazing author encounter.
At our premiere annual event, the Books by the Banks Cincinnati Regional Book Festival, writers and readers come together under one roof at a magical day-long festival. We create once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for thousands of fans to meet hundreds of well-known national and regional authors and illustrators. We’ve created magical moments year after year, for nine consecutive years. And attendance remains 100% free for all to enjoy!
This is only possible thanks to the thousands of volunteer hours contributed from local community leaders, and generous donations from local community members and foundations.
This year we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Books by the Banks Cincinnati Regional Book Festival at the Duke Energy Convention Center. See the great list of authors attending.
We can’t wait to see you there as you enjoy our 10th year — and help our community continue to thrive!
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.