Meet Authors. Buy Books. Get them signed!

Saturday, October 26, 2019 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Duke Energy Convention Center

Free Admission


Visitor Information

Our 12th 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. 20 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.

Schedule of Events


Attendees are allowed to bring their own books to the festival, but we strongly encourage you to browse the more than 150 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.

Ted Bernard10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Greg Hand10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Alice McDermott11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Thane Maynard12 – 2 p.m.
Sara Paretsky12 – 3 p.m.
Tatjana Soli,10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Amy Stross,10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Tui Sutherland,10 a.m. – 2:40 p.m.
George White & Jannette Emerson 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Joe Wos11 a.m. – 4 p.m.


Code of Conduct

All participants and attendees are required to adhere to the Books by the Banks code of conduct.

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.
  • The Cincinnati Art Museum in Eden Park, features an art collection of more than 67,000 works spanning 6,000 years. In addition to displaying its own broad collection, the museum also hosts several national and international traveling exhibitions each year.
  • 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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