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 11th festival is bigger and better than ever!  As the big day approaches, we’ll be updating this page with important details to make sure you have the best festival experience possible.


Doors open at 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 28 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.


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.


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.

Matt Bellassai 12:30 – 4 p.m.
Leah Busch 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Gretchen Carlson 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Kate DiCamillo 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Shawn Dougherty 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Laura Gehl 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Fred Hersch 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Sarah Jones 1 – 4 p.m.
Sharareh Khosravani 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Stacy McAnulty 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Emily Hanako Momohara 1 – 4 p.m.
Jeff Rossen 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Stacy Sims 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Matt Bellassai

We will be taking pre-orders for Matt Bellassai in advance of the festival this year. Matt will be speaking at 2:30pm and seats are limited. You can guarantee your seat for his discussion of his new book Everything Is Awful: And Other Observations by pre-ordering your copy at: When you arrive at the festival, you can pick up your copy of the book and your ticket to Matt’s talk at his author table. If you have any questions, please email Books By The Banks at [email protected] or Joseph-Beth Booksellers at [email protected].

Gretchen Carlson

We will be taking pre-orders for Gretchen Carlson in advance of the festival this year. Gretchen will be speaking at 11:30 a.m. and seats are limited. You can guarantee your seat for her discussion of her new book Be Fierce: Stop Harassment and Take Your Power Back by pre-ordering your copy at: When you arrive at the festival, you can pick up your copy of the book and your ticket to Gretchen’s talk at Gretchen’s table in the Author Pavilion. If you have any questions, please email Books By The Banks at [email protected] or Joseph-Beth Booksellers at [email protected].

Kate DiCamillo

To make sure everyone gets a chance to meet Kate DiCamillo, festival attendees will be asked to respect the following signing restrictions:  Kate will sign and personalize an unlimited number of her new book, La La La: A Story of Hope, but will sign just one older title per person, allowing everyone to choose their other favorite as well! Personalizations are first name only, no messages. Photos are fine; however, no stopping, posing, or going behind the signing table.

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.

Dining Deals

Attend the Festival, then show your bookmark, receipt, or event program at these great downtown restaurants for a deal!

  • Arnold’s, 210 East 8th St. | Save 10% on all food purchases. (Excludes alcohol.)
  • Boi Na Braza, 441 Vine St. (Carew Tower) | Save $10 on dinner.
  • Morton’s, 441 Vine St. (Carew Tower) | Steak & Lobster Dinner – $56 per guest
  • Palomino, 505 Vine St. | Enjoy a 15% off menu items. (Excludes alcohol and Happy Hour purchases.)
  • Prime Cincinnati, 580 Walnut St. |Enjoy 10% off food purchases. (Excludes alcohol.)
  • Rock Bottom, 10 Fountain Square | Save $5 when you spend $25.
  • Taste of Belgium at the Banks, 16 Freedom Way |Enjoy 10% off food purchases. (Excludes alcohol.)
  • Washington Platform, 1000 Elm St. | Save 15% on all food purchases. (Excludes alcohol.)
  • We Olive, 33 E. Sixth St. | Save 10% on all food purchases. (Excludes alcohol.)

Where to Stay:

  • 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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