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

Duke Energy Convention Center

Free Admission


Books on the Banks at Cincinnati Convention Center featuring local and national authors.

After 10 years of bringing the region’s biggest and best book festival to downtown Cincinnati, Books by the Banks has expanded its reach with a brand-new lineup of events, culminating with the 10th annual Books by the Banks Cincinnati Regional Book Festival this fall.

This expansion celebrates the joy of literacy and lifelong learning throughout the year with 10 events for our 10th anniversary. The goal is to enrich the lives of people in the area through reading and writing and take the joy and excitement beyond our annual festival in October.

Check out our schedule of events below.

  1. WordPlay & Mercantile Library present: “WordUP,” in partnership with Books by the Banks
    Wednesdays, June 8-July 27 | 1-3 p.m. | Mercantile Library 
    Exercise your right to write! Teens from around the city are invited to join WordPlay writer-in-residence, Cincinnati Poet Laureate Pauletta Hansel and an inspiring community of writers. We’ll write stories, poems, and true life-experiences. All students will have the opportunity to submit their writing to the 2016 WordPlay teen anthology and the teen writing competition for Books by the Banks in October.
  2. Books by the Banks Writing Contest
    Now – Thursday, Oct. 1, 2016
    Teens and adults can enter this year’s Books by the Banks Writing Contest, generously underwritten by the McLane Foundation, for a chance to win part of almost $2,600 in cash prizes. The contest is devoted to short fiction. Learn more and enter online.
  3. Gateway Community College presents: “Big Read Kickoff,” in partnership with Books by the Banks
    Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016 | 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. | Gateway Community College Urban Metro Campus, 516 Madison Ave., Covington, Ky. 41011
    Enjoy music, discounts for food at local restaurants, and more as we kick off Gateway’s National Endowment for the Arts Big Read Program — a six-month-long series of events centered around the book “A Lesson Before Dying” by Ernest J. Gaines. Join us to receive a free copy of the book! Learn more about Gateway’s Big Read program.
  4. Commemorative Poster Reveal & Illustrator Presentation
    Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016 | 6:30 p.m. | Joseph-Beth Book Sellers, Rookwood Commons and Pavilion
    Be one of the first festival fans to see this year’s 10th anniversary poster design, created exclusively for Books by the Banks by author & illustrator Will Hillenbrand. Hillenbrand, who designed the festival’s very first poster 10 years ago, will discuss his artwork and sign posters. He will also be joined by other past poster artists. This year’s posters cost $15 and a select variety of posters from past years will also be available for $10.
  5. Public School Book Giveaway with Author & Illustrator Will Hillenbrand
    Saturday, Oct. 1-Thursday, Oct. 13 | Schools TBA
    Select classrooms throughout the Books by the Banks service region will receive a free copy of Will Hillenbrand’s latest book — plus a personal school visit by Mr. Hillenbrand. These select students will also receive a coupon to pick up another free book at the festival Oct. 15.
  6. Women Writing for (a) Change presents: “From Stand-up to Sit-down,” in partnership with Books by the Banks
    Monday, Oct. 10, 2016 | 7 p.m. | Arnold’s Bar & Grill
    Local writers will present a series of brief performances which highlight a variety of writing genres. Join us for an evening of short plays, songwriting, blogging, spoken word, and more.
  7. University of Cincinnati presents: “Genre Genius in Cincinnati: From SciFi to Hybrid Forms,” in partnership with Books by the Banks
    Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016 | 1-3 p.m. | University of Cincinnati Langsam Library
    Join creative writing experts and practitioners for an afternoon of sharing and discovery. Sessions will focus on Science Fiction and Fantasy, Comics and Graphic Novels and the mixed mastery of Hybrid Forms. Come to listen, learn and share, stay for a casual writers’ lounge celebrating Cincinnati creatives and their community.
  8. Thomas More College’s Creative Writing Vision Program presents “Express: A Creative Writing Exchange with Kentucky Poet Laureate George Ella Lyon and Cincinnati Poet Laureate Pauletta Hansel” in partnership with Books by the Banks, WordPlay Cincy, the Urban Appalachian Community Coalition and The Mercantile Library of Cincinnati
    Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | The Mercantile Library, 414 Walnut St. #1100, Cincinnati, OH 45202
    Join us for an inspiring evening of short literary readings, original music and refreshments with Kentucky Poet Laureate George Ella Lyon and Cincinnati Poet Laureate Pauletta Hansel. Hosted by Thomas More College’s Creative Writing Vision Director Sherry Cook Stanforth, “Express” will also feature talented young writers from both sides of the river who are being mentored by friends of the Urban Appalachian Community Coalition and WordPlay Cincy. Free and open to the public.
  9. MidPointe Library presents “A Night with Bob Shea,” in partnership with Books by the Banks.
    Friday, Oct. 14, 2016 | Time TBA | MidPointe Library West Chester Branch
    Be the first to meet beloved and bestselling children’s book author Bob Shea before his Saturday, Oct. 15 appearance at the Books by the Banks Cincinnati Regional Book Festival. Get a sneak peek and find out what else you can do Saturday in downtown Cincinnati.
  10. Books by the Banks Cincinnati Regional Book Festival
    Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016 | 10 a.m.-4p.m. | Duke Energy Convention Center, Cincinnati
    Meet more than 100 local writers and national bestselling authors under one roof! Buy books and get them signed, plus free entertainment and activities for the entire family. Visit the expanded Kids’ Corner and Teen Scene for events all day long. Don’t miss the festival’s special 10th anniversary year!