Books By The Banks

The Eighth Annual Books By The Banks Cincinnati USA Book Festival will be held Saturday, October 11 at the Duke Energy Convention Center in downtown Cincinnati.

Along with more than 100 authors who will talk with patrons and sign copies of their books, there will be author panels and discussions; a kids zone with a variety of fun activities and entertainment; sponsor booths; and an onsite bookstore from Joseph Beth Booksellers.

This event is free to attend, and runs from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm.

This is a big year for WVXU at Books by the Banks! Mark Perzel will be there to meet you and talk about our new book show, The Book Club @91.7. You may even be asked to answer some questions about your favorite books to air on the show. (The first episode airs that morning at 7am on 91.7, 88.5 WMUB and on - tune in!)

At 1pm, our own Jim Nolan (Local Exposure), will moderate the Local Food and Drink author panel with Molly Wellmann and Dan Wright. At 2pm,  Mark will moderate the John Scalzi author talk, so make sure you stop in to these sessions and meet these wonderful authors.

The list of confirmed authors and other event details can be found at

Some of this year's participating authors have been guests on WVXU's local shows, Around Cincinnati or Cincinnati Edition. Here are links to their interviews you can enjoy before meeting them in person on October 11...just click on their name!

David Bell   Duffy Brown   Emma Carlson Berne   Andrea Cheng   Carey Corp/Lorie Langdon   Connie J. Harrell  Melissa Landers 

Phil Nuxhall #1   Phil Nuxhall #2   Adam Watkins   Molly Wellmann     Kerrie Logan Hollihan Wendy Hart Beckman   Tamera Lenz Muente

Loren Long  

91.7 WVXU is a proud media partner.


10:00 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Books by the Banks 2013

The 2013 Books by the banks poster by Jeffrey Ebbeler of Mount Washington

It is time for the Seventh Annual Books by the Banks Cincinnati USA Book Festival on Saturday, October 12.

This free, family-friendly event features over 100 national and regional authors, panel discussions, book readings and a fun kid’s zone.

Here are some interviews with authors appearing at this year's Books by the Banks:

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Children's books
1:30 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Local author Andrea Cheng talks about her new trilogy

Perhaps Cincinnati’s most acclaimed author of children’s literature is Andrea Cheng. She’s in our studio with Barbara Gray to talk about her newest trilogy, which kicked off with the book The Year of the Baby.

"Alligator Alley"
1:32 am
Fri July 5, 2013

Local author Rick Robinson's new coming-of-age novel

Barbara Gray talks with Northern Kentucky attorney and author Rick Robinson about his newest novel, leaving behind his political thrillers for the time being, and penning a personal coming-of-age story called Alligator Alley.

Empress Chili
1:32 am
Fri June 21, 2013

"The Authentic History of Cincinnati Chili"

If one food continues to define our city, it’s Cincinnati-style chili. Brian O’Donnell is joined in the studio by Dan Woellert, author of the new book, The Authentic History of Cincinnati Chilli, which traces this specialized dish from early inception to the growth of a variety of chili parlors. Also joining in the conversation are Chris Kiradjief and his Uncle John Kiradjief from the Empress Chili restaurants.

"Etched in Clay"
1:32 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Local author Andrea Cheng

Local author Andrea Cheng joins our Barbara Gray in the studio to talk about her newest book, Etched in Clay. Not only did she write the story of a slave who finds an outlet in creating pottery, but the Cincinnati State professor also did the woodcut illustrations for the book.