Cincinnati USA Book Festival

Saturday, October 17, 2015 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Duke Energy Convention Center



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 USA 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 8th annual Books by the Banks will take place on Saturday, October 11, 2014 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. Planning of the festival is done by staff from the following participating organizations:

  • Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County
  • University of Cincinnati Libraries
  • Mercantile Library
  • Northern Kentucky University Steely Library
  • Clermont County Public Library
  • Midpointe Libraries
  • The Lane Libraries
  • Xavier University Library

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 Jean Feinberg at . Contributions at all levels are welcome.

For more information about Books by the Banks, email