Meet Authors. Buy Books. Get them signed!

Saturday, October 15, 2016 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Duke Energy Convention Center

Free Admission



Books by the Banks is the region’s premier book festival with the mission to entertain and enrich the lives of the citizens of Southwest Ohio/Northern Kentucky by presenting and promoting authors while celebrating the joy of literacy and lifelong learning through reading.


Books by the Banks: Cincinnati Regional Book Festival is an annual celebration of books and reading that takes place every October 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.

The 9th annual Books by the Banks will take place on Saturday, October 15, 2016 from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. at Duke Energy Center. Admission is free.

Books by the Banks is a 501(3)C organization.

Representatives from the participating organizations sit on the Board of Trustees and include:

  • Greg Edwards, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County (President)
  • Christine Wick, Clermont County Public Library (Vice President)
  • Melissa Norris, University of Cincinnati (Treasurer)
  • Arne Almquist, Northern Kentucky University (Secretary)
  • Jason Bender, Rockfish
  • Carol Bowling, Hamilton Lane Library
  • John Faherty, Mercantile Library
  • Denise Fritsch, Gateway Community and Technical College
  • Megan Hall, Kohnen & Patton
  • Cari Hillman, MidPointe Library System
  • Pete Metz, Office of Vice Mayor David Mann
  • Sandy Bolek (Planning & Operations Team Leader)

The success of Books by the Banks is dependent on contributions from individuals, foundations, corporations and the collaborating libraries. To become a Festival Friend or Sponsor please contact us at the link below. Contributions at all levels are welcome.

For more information about Books by the Banks, email