Category Archives: Ohioana

Jennifer Chiaverini on the women around John Wilkes Booth

What drives an assassin? What makes someone break past societal barriers and kill a president? Jennifer Chiaverini , author of Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker, The Spymistress, and Mrs. Grant and Madame Jule, explores this territory in Fates and Traitors, a fictional history of … Continue reading

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C. F. Payne: Matching heads and bodies on a magazine cover near you

I enjoy talking to illustrators because I’m fascinated with how their brains are wired so differently from mine. I can draw a stick figure and a smiley face. Beyond that, my drawings look like a toddler accidentally got ahold of … Continue reading

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Author and filmmaker e.E. Charlton-Trujillo

When author and documentary filmmaker e.E. Charlton-Trujillo decided to go on a book tour a few years ago, she also took along all the equipment to make a video. This was second nature to her because of her experience, but … Continue reading

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Amanda Flower at the 2016 Ohioana Book Festival

Looking for a good read this autumn? Check out new books from Amanda Flower, who works in a variety of genres: Amish, children’s, magical, and contemporary.

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John Scalzi: Ohioan for the drama

Author John Scalzi appeared at the 2016 Ohioana Book festival to discuss his latest novels and assure the world that Ohio is a hub of literary content. In return, I assured him that Ohio is less frequently incarcerating our literary … Continue reading

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John Hegenberger at the Ohioana Book Festival

From science fiction to hard-boiled detectives to westerns, Ohio author John Hegenberger has written them all. We met at the 2016 Ohioana Book Festival and talked about his novels, why he never gets writers’ block, and the best way to get … Continue reading

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Jill Bialosky: The Players in our lives

-Andy Ross Home-runs and stadium chants do not typically fill the pages of a poetry collection, but then again, Jill Bialosky is not your typical poet. The Ohio native’s latest collection, The Players, uses the baseball diamond as a landscape … Continue reading

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John Scalzi: how to stay employed as a writer

-Andy Ross Writer John Scalzi is an Ohio resident and the author of several award-winning science fiction novels. He also runs a popular blog, Whatever. Scalzi was the recipient of the 2016 Governor’s Award for the Arts in Ohio. Scalzi … Continue reading

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Authors Ng, Logsdon, and Umrigar Bring Practical, Tough, Ohioan Writing to Ohioana Book Festival

Tyler Clementi What makes an Ohio writer? What style do Ohio writers use? Broad questions like these invite generalizations, generalizations which might be wildly different from one another. However, authors Celeste Ng, Gene Logsdon, and Thrity Umrigar, all visiting Columbus … Continue reading

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Thunder and Lightening! It’s Harmony Evans

One rainy Saturday during the Ohioana Book Festival, Harmony Evans sat down with Kayla, the Craft summer intern, and was interrupted mid-interview by a low rumble that shook the entire room. This romance author responded, “Hey, I try to make … Continue reading

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