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The 11th Annual Books by the Banks Cincinnati Regional Book Festival returns to the Duke Energy Convention Center on Saturday, October 28. 

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From the days of wooden bleachers and playing fields put together in a matter of weeks for a few thousand dollars to today’s massive stadiums that can run into the billions to build, the design of the ballpark has been ever evolving. 

Swoon Reads Helps New Authors Get Readers

Nov 4, 2016

There’s a new opportunity for writers of young adult books to get their works read, critiqued, and possibly published. 

The 10th Annual Books by the Banks Cincinnati Regional Book Festival will happen Saturday, October 15 at the Duke Energy Convention Center. 

Greater Cincinnati has become home to several successful business incubators and accelerators, for start-ups ranging from hi-tech computer firms to cookie companies. And now there is an incubator for local writers looking to publish their work.

"Pinkhoneysuckle" by Barbara Everett Heintz

Jun 14, 2013

Lee Hay talks with longtime Cincinnati resident Barbara Everett Heintz about her book Pinkhoneysuckle, a semi-autobiographical tale of a woman growing up in what she refers to as “3rd world shame” in America’s Appalachian region.

He started as a paper mill worker in Chillicothe, living in Knockemstiff, Ohio, and now, 30 years later, he has published two books to great critical and audience acclaim. Mark Perzel talks with author Donald Ray Pollock about his first novel, The Devil All the Time.

Bestselling author Sheryl Woods

Jun 7, 2013

New York Times bestselling author Sheryl Woods has recently introduced readers to her new Ocean Breeze trilogy of emotional novels, and she’s with our Barbara Gray to talk about Sand Castle Bay, Wind Chime Point, and Sea Glass Island.

Dr. Jared Diamond

Jun 7, 2013

He’s a world acclaimed author, speaker, professor of geography, evolutionary biologist and Pulitzer Prize winner. His book, Guns, Germs and Steel, is a worldwide bestseller and argues that geographical and environmental factors shaped the modern world. In this episode of Field Notes, Thane Maynard talks by phone with the fascinating Dr. Jared Diamond.

Louisville-based author Brian Leung joins Mark Perzel to discuss his historical novel, Take Me Home, set in the 1880’s Wyoming and based on the racial tensions between white and Chinese coal mine workers.

In advance of Father’s Day, Mark Perzel speaks with Jeffrey Brown, who has written and illustrated a charming book, Darth Vader and Son, which takes an amusing look at what would happen if Darth Vader took an active parenting role with 4-year old Luke Skywalker.

"And All That Madness"

May 24, 2013

Novelist Joan Merrill uses the New York City jazz scene as the backdrop for her latest mystery, And All That Madness, and the authors joins Barbara Gray on the phone to talk about her creative injection of jazz into this story.

Author David Baldacci

May 17, 2013

Barbara Gray talks with New York Times bestselling novelist David Baldacci about his newest thriller, The Hit, and his decision to bring back the character Will Robie, the highly trained assassin who periodically assists the U.S. Government in eliminating the worst of the worst.

The Joys and Benefits of Connecting With Our Cosmic Spirit is the new book by University of Cincinnati alum Lloyd Armogan and the author is on the phone with our Ron Esposito to share his story and his insights about True Meditation.

"Suspect" by Robert Crais

May 10, 2013

Barbara Gray talks with New York Times bestselling author Robert Crais about his new, explosive suspense novel, Suspect.

Author Michael Pollan

May 10, 2013

No one can write about food, man’s relationship with it, how far we’ve come from what previous generations used to eat, and the hazard much of today’s food is to the human body than Michael Pollan. His newest book is Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation and in it, he returns to the true classic elements of life and food: fire, water, air and earth. He joins Mark Perzel on the phone to talk about his newest work, already a bestselling addition to his previous books: The Omnivore’s Dilemma, In Defense of Food, Food Rules and others.

Is it time to start planning that summer vacation? Not exactly sure where you’d like to go? The solution may be at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County on Saturday, May 11. Travel expert Patricia Schultz, author of the impressive and completely revised 1,000 Places to See Before You Die, the second edition: Completely Revised and Updated with Over 200 New Entries, will be speaking about national and world travel at the downtown branch at 2:00pm. She joins Mark Perzel on the phone to discuss this completely rewritten update and the one place she never tires of visiting and revisiting.

Growing up with horses

May 3, 2013

On this Derby Day, Mark Perzel talks with Clare Balding, and award-winning sports broadcaster from the BBC who was proclaimed a “national treasure” after her work on the London Olympic Games. She has written her memoir, My Animals and Other Family. She talks about her championship horse trainer father and the hundreds of horses who were literally a part of the family, and as the only girl, how she ranked behind her brother and the horses while growing up.

CNBC regular and president of the investment firm of Farr, Miller & Washington in Washington, D.C., Michael Farr, is On the Money with Chris DeSimio to discuss the newly released job report, current investment news, and his most recent book, Restoring our American Dream- The Best Investment.

Her online community is large and passionate. Her essay, Don’t Carpe Diem, was a viral sensation. Glennon Doyle Melton is founder of the online community known as Momastery.com. Her writings have helped her conquer her demons while realizing many other women shared the same fears and contradictions as she. Her new book, Carry On, Warrior: Thoughts on Life Unarmed, brings together many of her best and favorite essays, along with some new ideas. Our Maryanne Zeleznik speaks to the author, mother and wife, about her life’s journey and what this book means to her.

Urban exploration is a term for seeking out those hidden gems within metropolitan areas…to see what others who live and work in a city may never see.

One man's fight against illiteracy around the world

Apr 5, 2013

It is estimated that there are 775 million people around the world who can’t read. Former Microsoft senior executive John Wood tell his story of starting a worldwide literacy effort in his book Creating Room to Read and he speaks by phone with our Barbara Gray to share this amazing story. Room to Read is now operating programs all over Asia and Africa.

Back in the 1890’s, Pearl Bryan was brutally murdered in one of the more grisly, yet fascinating, crimes in Kentucky history. That story is now recounted by author James McDonald in his book The Perils of Pearl Bryan, and he’s on the phone Lee Hay to discuss this story.

"The Drunken Botanist"

Apr 5, 2013

Pretty much every spirit known to man begins life as some sort of plant: sake began with a grain of rice; scotch emerged from barley; tequila from agave; rum from sugarcane; and bourbon from corn.

Author Robert Skead has been a successful children’s author for quite some time, but his new e-book finally puts together a story around his hometown hero, and Cincinnati Reds Hall of Famer, Johnny Vander Meer. In Catching Rainbows: The story of Johnny Vander Meer's Back to Back No Hitters, he pays tribute to the man who put Midland Park, New Jersey on the map. Robert Skead is on the phone and in The Front Row with Betsy Ross.

Author Richard Ford

Mar 29, 2013

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Ford joins our Barbara Gray in the studio to discuss his runaway bestseller, Canada, which has just been released in paperback. This book took six years to write, and has garnered a mantle full of “best book of the year” awards.


Taking a walk with different eyes

Mar 29, 2013

Alexandra Horowitz, author of the New York Times bestseller Inside of a Dog, has recently published a fascinating look at the world around us with the help of additional sets of eyes. On Looking: Eleven Walks with Expert Eyes recounts 11 walks, mostly through her New York neighborhood, accompanied by a different expert: geologist, urban sociologist, sound designer, child, and others. She details what they see and what they hear, and how that’s different than what she sees and hears. She’s on the phone with Thane Maynard to talk about this fascinating experiment and ultimately what she learns from it. She also mentions a study of human-dog play that is accepting videos through Sunday night.


She’s known across the internet as The Bloggess, who claims (tongue-in-cheek?) “Like Mother Theresa, only better.” Her name is Jenny Lawson, and her blog is one of the most read, most hiliarious sites on the web, and she recently published a book titled Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir.) Our Tana Weingartner talks with The Bloggess about how she got started, the reaction to her blog, and why she decided to do a book on top of all this other writing.


Deborah Hicks is a longtime writer and educator, employed by Duke University, and a Harvard graduate. But she’s possibly made the biggest impact in her life in Cincinnati’s Lower Price Hill neighborhood. Her new book, The Road Out: A Teacher’s Odyssey in Poor America, recounts her effort to influence the lives of seven girls, all living in poverty with limited dreams, using literature to show them the possibilities of a better life. She joins Mark Perzel to discuss her time in Cincinnati and her highly acclaimed book in advance of her appearance at Joseph Beth Booksellers at Rookwood on March 30.


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