Meet Authors. Buy Books. Get them signed!

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

Duke Energy Convention Center

Free Admission


Visitor Information

Our 10th anniversary is bigger and better than ever! Be sure to check out some of the changes below to make sure you have the best festival experience possible.


Doors open at 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 15 at Duke Energy Convention Center. The festival ends at 4 p.m. Saturday.



  • Parking information provided by Duke Energy Convention Center can be found here.


The 2016 festival has expanded to two floors. Below is an image that shows this year’s floor plan. Please familiarize yourself with the new layout. Free printed programs with this floor plan and other important information will also be available at the festival’s main entrances.



Find a complete schedule of events online for:


Attendees are allowed to bring their own books to the festival, but we strongly encourage you to browse the more than 100 titles for sale. Each author has his or her newest book for sale at the tables, and in some cases, past titles as well. Book sales sustain the festival and help us bring a fantastic author lineup to the Cincinnati region year after year. Buy for yourself — or get some holiday shopping finished. Note: Attendees in some lines will be limited on the number of books they may have signed. See below.


Most authors are at the festival for the entire day. However, some have limited appearances. Please note the schedules below and plan your day accordingly.

Marisa Silver 10 a.m.-1p.m.
Sandra Gross 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Maria Montag 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Zetta Elliott 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Paulette Jiles Noon-4 p.m.
Chris Bachelder Noon-4 p.m.
Dr. John Hutton 1-4 p.m.

Jenny Lawson

Jenny Lawson will be away from her signing table and on a break from noon-1:30 p.m. Please plan your visit to her table accordingly. Thank you.

Maggie Stiefvater

To make sure everyone gets a chance to meet Maggie Stiefvater, signings will be limited to two books per participant in Maggie’s line. Maggie also reserves the right to graciously ask for no posed photos if the line gets too long.

Lost & Found

The Lost & Found is located at the Welcome/FAQ table.  That table will be on the second floor by the North Escalators.

Beyond Books by the Banks

We hope you’ll make a day — or even a weekend — out of your visit to downtown Cincinnati for the festival. Here is some information suggested by our partners at Downtown Cincinnati, Inc.

Where to Eat

Cincinnati is a foodie paradise. Find all kinds of wonderful options within walking distance from the festival.

We even offer special discounts at select restaurants for dinner after the festival. Check this year’s Dining Deals organized by our friends at Downtown Cincinnati, Inc. exclusively for festival attendees!

Where to Stay:

  • Garfield Suites Hotel, on Vine Street, is across from the Main Library. All suites have full kitchens and separate bedrooms. Cafe Martin is on the first floor and parking is available around the corner.
  • The Cincinnatian Hotel at 601 Vine Street is Downtown Cincinnati’s oldest (built in 1883) and most luxurious hotel.
  • The Millenium Hotel is a high-rise hotel at the corner of 5th and Elm Streets.
  • The Westin Hotel on 5th Street, overlooks Fountain Square. The hotel is entirely smoke-free and features an indoor swimming pool for exercising or relaxing.
  • The Hilton Netherland Plaza (on the National Register of Historic Places) is known for its spectacular Art Deco interior. Both casual and fine dining restaurants are available.

What to Visit:

  • Aronoff Center for the Arts at 650 Walnut Street, consists of three stunning performance spaces: Procter & Gamble Hall, Jarson-Kaplan Theater, and the Fifth Third Bank Theater.
  • Cincinnati Museum Center is a collection of three separate museums and an Omnimax theater housed in the landmark Union Terminal. Cincinnati Metro Bus #1 connects downtown and the Museum Center.
  • Findlay Market is Ohio’s oldest continuously operated public market. You will find the bustling open-air market in Over-the-Rhine at 1801 Race Street.
  • The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, on the banks of the Ohio River, educates the public about the struggle to abolish slavery and showcases the efforts of modern day heroes from around the world.
  • Newport Aquarium is also part of the Newport on the Levee complex. In 2004, this state-of-the-art facility was named the No. 1 aquarium in the Midwest by the Zagat Survey’s U.S. Family Travel Guide. A new Shark Central exhibit just opened.
  • Newport on the Levee is a unique shopping, dining, and entertainment complex located just across the Ohio River in Kentucky. Walk across the Purple People Bridge or take one of the Southbank Shuttle buses to get to Newport on the Levee from downtown.
  • The Taft Museum of Art is one of America’s finest small art museums. Built in about 1820, this National Historic Landmark is considered one of the finest examples of Federal architecture in the country.
  • The Contemporary Arts Center along with the Aronoff Center, which is directly across Walnut Street, comprise the heart of the Cincinnati Arts Community.

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