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

Duke Energy Convention Center

Free Admission

A few years ago, festival goers asked if Books by the Banks could provide events not just for readers — but for writers and people interested in publishing the next great book. We loved the idea and launched a new committee called the “Writing & Getting Published” committee to plan events related to this topic. We’re proud to say this year, that committee has created the best lineup yet! Committee leader Ray Sinclair wrote this blog post to tell you a little about what you can expect.

If you’re a writer, you know that you face two kinds of challenges – making your creative work as good as it can be – and then getting it to your audience. No matter your experience level with either one, there’s something for every writer at this year’s festival.

Most writers work closely with literary agents and editors. Whether you already have these relationships or you want to develop them, you’ll benefit from our session with agent/editor Ammi-Joan Paquette and Simon & Schuster executive editor, Meg Leder. Both are also accomplished authors, so they know about building and nurturing these relationships from multiple perspectives. Author Kathy Wiechman will moderate this session.

Are you writing film scripts or trying to figure out how to get your book adapted for the screen? Hollywood movie producer and entertainment executive Jon Shestack will be with us for a session about screenwriting. Jon has produced a number of first run films and is currently working on adapting three novels (John Scalzi’s Good Neighbors, and novels by Holly Black and Seanan McGuire) for television. He will be interviewed by UC professor Kristyn Benedyk, a screenwriter and film director who organized one of the largest screenwriting conferences in the world in Chicago two years ago.

Leann Mcnabb, a specialist in popular media at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, will moderate a panel about comic book writing.

LeeAnn McNabb, right, is a specialist in popular media at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. She will moderate a panel about comic book writing.

Maybe you’re a comic book writer. David Michael Beck, Darren Mueller, and Scott DM Simmons will talk about the creative and business sides of comic book publishing. Each has followed a unique and successful path in the land of illustration and conversation bubbles. Moderator LeeAnn McNabb is a specialist in popular media at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Local writer Jeffrey Hillard will moderate a panel about creative fiction writing.

Local writer Jeffrey Hillard will join a panel about creative fiction writing.

More interested in the craft of writing? Figuring out how to get your own voice out through your own somehow frustratingly uncooperative characters is a common problem for fiction writers. Authors Thom Atkinson and Jeff Hillard will tell you how to make it happen with Cincinnati’s first Poet Laureate, Pauletta Hansel.

Children’s books keep getting more and more beautiful because of the talents of book illustrators. Loren Long, Bob Shea, and Greg Pizzoli, three nationally-known book illustrators will talk about their work and the business of illustration. Book illustration expert Ben Sapp will moderate.

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Sam Bloom will host a panel on the importance of diversity in literature.

Or maybe you’re not a writer, but a parent who is concerned about the lack of diversity in the characters in the books that are published these days. You are not alone, and we have a panel on efforts to change the status quo.

Authors Zetta Elliott and Greg Leitich Smith will join bookseller and diversity advocate Alia Jones and children’s librarian and activist Sam Bloom for a discussion of the problem and how to follow change efforts.

That’s just a few highlights. We’ll also have sessions on playwriting, new ways authors are reaching their audiences, local writers critique groups, and books as an investigative medium.

There’s even a session on the new book printing machine at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County’s Main Library.

Check out the entire schedule online. See you October 15th!

The Writing & Getting Published committee has also planned several events leading up to the festival to celebrate the love of writing beyond just one day in October. Read about those events.


The 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.